Easter

Lydia on Easter 🙂

Martha

4/23/2011

So Friday, I went shopping with Lydia and Lilliana (As I have done shopping by myself, but it is easier and makes for a happier baby when there is an assistant.) We went to Food City, Arizona’s Mexican grocery chain, and a really good place to get inexpensive produce. Sunflower (Also another stop on the grocery trip) does give them a run for their money on some items, but other than that, you can hardly compete with them. It is usually very flavorful food as well (some of the best cantaloupes that I have ever eaten!) Lilliana and I were walking around in the produce, picking out some mangos and avocados, and I decided to go look at the lettuce. As I was headed towards where it was, I saw a man reach up to pull a produce bag off the roll that they had above the produce. He pulled down, and he must have pulled so quickly that he let go on the bottom because suddenly the bag sprang out of his hand and went rolling back up, winding itself back onto the roll of bags. He was startled, just looking at it, and I started laughing out loud. He heard me, and turned around and started laughing himself. He said “Did you see that?!” I laughed and said “Yes!” He said “I almost thought it was a Venetian blind there for a moment!” He ended up getting his bag off, and I had a humorous moment to brighten the day. 😀

It was later that day, I was whirling about the kitchen trying to get things done so that I could start on  making a Chocolate Mint dessert as well as boiling a dozen eggs for the Baby Meet and Greet the next day. We had 5 out of the 7 couples from the Bradley class getting together at Richard and Rebekah’s (SP?) home (they also were one of the couples). We were going to finally get to see all of the babies! Hadassah was over and we were talking about something, and it was a fast paced conversation, and I knew I was keeping her from doing something, and I was trying to do something, and so at one point in the conversation, I turned to Lydia who was in her swing, and said “Lydia, tell mommy to stop talking and to move!” Clear as a bell, Lydia said “MO!” Hadassah and I burst out laughing, amazed that Lydia would say something at such a random time. I doubt that she actually knew what she was doing, but who knows…maybe she did! Regardless, it was amazing!

The dessert ended up turning out fairly well, though Jordan made the comment that the filling tasted like toothpaste. He likes mint stuff, but next time I’m going to use Peppermint extract instead of just Mint extract, as that has both Peppermint and Spearmint. I like peppermint over spearmint. The recipe was like a rich, gooey brownie with a mint filling and a chocolate topping. Really good! Then I made deviled eggs, one of my favorites (and Jordan’s). I picked out Lydia’s outfit, and then matched me and Jordan to her. He didn’t realize it until we were walking out the door to go to their house. I was tickled. 😀

When we got there, we were the first people to arrive, and we weren’t sure if it was the right address, but right after we pulled up, two of the other couples pulled up. We all got out and started admiring each other’s babies, while secretly proud of our own. Rebekah (SP?) opened the door, and we got to see her baby. They were all SOOO Cute!

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he oldest, Jackson, was born on in the beginning of December.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next two, Nickoli and Charlotte, shared a birthday of December 22.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lincoln was January 24. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last was Lydia on January 28. All of us sat around and swapped stories of how our births went, and the various quirks of our babies. Swaddling, tummy time, nursing and labor were just parts of the conversation. We talked over lunch, and before everyone went home, they arranged the babies in a circle and took pictures over head.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five random different couples, tied together through our offspring. We may never see each other again, but I’m quite sure we’ll never forget each other! Thank you, Richard, Rebekah(SP?) and Jackson for such a wonderful time!

Next edition coming up soon!

Martha

Off to the Fair…

Working on shower and baby thank you’s has been a bit more of a challenge than I thought. Almost done with the shower Thank you’s. Now I just have to do all of the other ones, as well as devising a system to help us keep track of which ones has been given/mailed out, so that we don’t miss anyone. It may seem like a lot of work, and taking too long, but who wants to be the one who didn’t get thanked? :-/

I finally got to go to a fair and see the quilts. I have been wanting to do that for several years now, and it was quite a nice little outing for Jordan and I and Lydia. Jordan went to Sierra Vista for a job walk with the boss, and so I stayed with the boss’s wife until Jordan and the boss got back, and then we all left to go to the fair. We were ahead of everyone else, which was fine by me. We could go at our own pace. We went and saw some old vehicles, a shark show (swimming with the sharks…it was kinda neat actually.) They had this rather large shark tank built right into a semi trailer. I was admiring the wrap job done on the trailer, but as I decided that taking the camera in with me was too much stuff (diaper bag, purse, etc), I have no pictures to show you. My favorite part was before the diver went into the tank, he had a volunteer (young boy around 12 years old) come up and demonstrate how well made the tank was, and that the glass was strong. Before the boy demonstrated, the diver (Which had a bit of an Australian accent, or so I thought), said “Now, if the glass WERE to break, DON”T PANIC! The sharks will go everywhere, and while they are on the ground, reach down, pick it up, hold it TIGHTLY as it will be flopping around, and head as quickly as you can to the sting ray aquarium and GENTLY put them in, but don’t disturb the stingrays!”

After that, he told the boy to pound as hard as he could on the glass…UH OH, before you do, hey…that shark right there was eyeing you! 😀  Okay go ahead and pound! Right as the boy started banging, they played a soundtrack of glass breaking, and a small hole right below where he was banging started spraying the audience. You should have seen that boy dive under the audience railing! 😀 The guy pulled him back and said “Hey hey! It’s leaking. You gotta stop it!” Finally after a few humored comments (Such as “I hope you’ve got a strong arm..cuz we got a long show”), he asked for some chewing gum, and all of the little kids in the audience that had chewing gum were frantically waving their hands. They plugged up the “leak” with the chewing gum, and started back on with the show. It was very funny, but the guy said, “I’m sure you all in the back find this more humorous than all of the people in the front” (who all got wet.) 😀

So after that we walked around, found the quilts and home arts, as well as a few people we knew. After talking with them for a bit, we moved on, entertaining Lydia and admiring the quilts. I’ve wanted to try to enter a quilt into the fair, but later I told Jordan “I don’t know whether to be intimidated, or inspired.” There were some very nice quilts, and I am not an expert quilter yet. Ha! I’m not really even a quilter. I’ve got a list of about a dozen quilts to make, and I’m still trying to figure out how to run a house, much less add a few quilts into the mix! Sorry, Sarah and Jonathan. Your quilt may be a 5 year anniversary present! :-/

After that, we decided to see the sheep, goats, chickens, and whatever other livestock that they had there. Lydia decided she didn’t want any of it (According to Jordan. :p) We saw this HUGE turkey there. It was so big it could hardly walk. The thing looked like it had been pumped up with air! Definitely not your grocery store turkey. This would take a VERY large oven to bake it. I don’t think that it would fit into most ovens that I have seen. It is more like roasted turkey on a spit over a fire pit (with a walnut in it’s beak. :D)

Then, finally deciding to leave (because I was tired) we started heading out when I spied some cute little dresses at a booth. I think it was Native American items, and so I just stepped closer to take a look. As I did, a man stepped out and started showing me the dresses, taking one down, and I said “How much?”.

“Tirty-Five.” (English wasn’t his first language.)

“Okay, thank you.” I started to walk away. It was a bit too much, and I wasn’t planning on buying anyways.

“You want?” He offered the dress.

“No thank you. I have to save my nickels for next year.”

“I can do twenny five.”

“No thank you, I have to save my nickels for next year.”

“How about twenny?”

“I didn’t bring any cash with me.” (Jordan had it all. :P)

“We take credit card.” (Please make sure those are hispanic R’s when you read that. :p)

I shook my head. “I really don’t want to do that. Thank you though.”

He looked at me incredulously, dress in hand. “You woodn’t even take it for TEN?!”

I was humored at this point. I hadn’t even TRIED to haggle him down! I said “No thank you…but thank you.” and we walked away. Well…it started naggling at me. Most dresses are a good price at $10. So I asked Jordan and he was okay with it, so I counted out the quarters, and I had $10. I told JOrdan, “I’m going to go offer him $8.” Jordan said, “Aw…don’t haggle with him.” (he was feeling pity for the guy.) So I decided not to.

I walked back to the booth, and saw the guy, and asked him…”Still ten?”

He shook his head. “I changed my mind.”

I asked him, “what did you change it to?”

“Twenny five.”

I said “I have $10, but I don’t have $25. Thank you” and walked away, as I didn’t even HAVE $25, so it was okay to walk away. Needless to say, it has kind of naggled at me that I didn’t get the dress right then when he offered it at $10, or that I didn’t even counter offer for $8, (Saying that I had found $8 to buy it with.) I do remember my Dad telling me that you can really do some haggling as long as you are willing to walk away from whatever you are haggling over.

So, somewhat disappointed now, Jordan and I left, and he decided to console me with Costco pizza (which is his favorite :p), and this Mocha Cappuccino drink by Bolthouse Farms sold in Walmart. It is a rich, chocolatey drink with a mild coffee flavor…and Jordan and I both THOROUGHLY enjoy it! That helped…and I had to have Jordan tell me that I could make a dress like that, and even prettier. 😀 Yes…I had to have my ego soothed after that. 😀

So those were my adventures at the fair. Jordan offered to buy me ice cream while we were there, and I knew he was trying to do it to be sweet because I was getting tired, hot, and trying to find a place to try to nurse Lydia because she was a little cranky, but Jordan and I tell each other that we could buy a whole quart, or half gallon at the prices that they charge for ice cream at various places, so I did turn him down, but took him up on the pizza and the drink! 😀 Over all, I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and had a lot of memories.

Developments on Lydia…she has been making razzing noises back at the ones that I do at her. They are SO CUTE! 😀 That, and the other day, she lifted her head up so high that she got top heavy and tipped over. It isn’t the first time that she rolled over, but it is definitely the most memorable. 😀 I was in the shower watching her on the towel on the floor (because she had an exploding diaper which got all over her, me and the couch cover, all which had to be washed), and she was looking at me, and raised up higher and higher until she just wobbled over. She didn’t hit the toilet, for which I was very thankful! She is getting stronger and stronger every day, and she loves to be raised up into a sitting position by holding her hands. She pulls and I help, and she absolutely loves that!

Okay…back to Thank yous! She is still sleeping at the moment (best as I can tell, she is silent). Gonna go tip-toe in there to check on her, and then I’ll be back to my gratefulness session. Tell you what…after so many, you really realize what it means to be thankful, and in realizing how much people have done for you. It’s been good. 🙂 A tip: when Princess Diana of Wales was asked out to an engagement (dinner, lunch, etc) she had a pre-addressed envelope with a blank thank you sitting on her desk for when she got back so that she could immediately pen a thank you and have it sent off right away. I know…I’m working on it. 😀

Martha

New pictures of Lydia

Lydia has been “Social smiling”. She has the most beautiful dimples ever! 🙂 I didn’t think being a mother was going to be so rewarding (as well as this much work!!) It is a challenge at times, but even cherries have pits, strawberries have hulls, apples have seeds, and watermelon…wait…you can get seedless watermelons now! 😀

I’m working on getting a few of the photos from our honeymoon up on Picasa…so as soon as I do, I will post the link (or a slideshow) of them for you to see.

Here are new photos of Lydia. A few of them are older, but some I just took this morning. Some are a little blurry, but I had to upload them anyways! 🙂 Some very special photos that are in there are ones of her being held by Brother Paul Cain. I will treasure those photos. I hope you enjoy all of the photos, as much as I’ve enjoyed taking them. Sorry…this is the only link that I Have for the moment…

https://picasaweb.google.com/thedenimchef/LydiaAndVariousOtherPhotos?authkey=Gv1sRgCKOHt56orcqdRg#

Also…new developments in the kitchen. I’ve been working on trying a few new recipes. A few years ago my Mom gave me a cookbook put together by the Yingst family up in Ohio for the matriarch of the family, Sister Viola Yingst. It was a very well done cookbook, and just last night I tried the recipe “Chicken Tetrazzini II”, except I used ham instead of chicken, so it was Ham Tetrazzini. It turned out good, and Jordan seemed to enjoy it thoroughly! Also, a couple weeks ago I made English Muffins from scratch…homemade whole wheat with honey! They turned out really well as well (gonna keep the recipe!), especially when scrambling an egg, melting cheese on top, and putting it all together. I called it my Egg and cheese McMartha, in honor of my dad. 😀 (He likes to call me McMartha.) Anyone who wants to try making English Muffins, let me know and I’ll share the recipe with you! Just leave a comment with your email address. They are pretty good!

Well…back to the laundry (TONS), dishes, and Thank you’s. 🙂 Until Next time…

Martha

Birthdays and Anniversaries

Thank you to all of you who wished “Happy Birthday” to Jordan (Feb 24th) and I (Mar 9th)  and “Happy Anniversary!” (Feb 20th) We really appreciate it. 🙂

Honeymoon Day 10, March 2, 2010

Tuesday, March 2nd

                The next morning we got up a little bit later than we probably should have. But it felt good to sleep. We carried our luggage through the secret passage way (it went under the street) and bypassing the bellhops, we loaded up the car for the last time. Then we went and checked out, and we were on our way! We listened to things, such as Jim Sammons (Christian Finance advisor), and talked about various things, and just looked out the windows.

                As we neared the edge of Texas, Jordan asked me if I wanted to see the border of Mexico. I said sure! I had never been anywhere close to the border of another country, so it was a novel idea! The sun was setting, and it was getting dusky, so it was perfect timing. We drove right by the fence, but it was really a rough area, so we didn’t stick around long! We were so close that I probably could have reached out and touched the fence!

                Then we decided that our adventure taking was making us hungry, so we found a Chili’s restaurant and ate there. It was dark by the time we got back on the road, but we still wanted to push our way on. We got more and more tired, and Jordan started getting goofy. He was turning on music to try to help him stay awake (I gave up trying to sleep), and finally drank everything carbonated that we had (which wasn’t much.) Finally, we were just left with the Sparkling Grape Juice that we had gotten for our special dinner, and I was concerned with him having it because it looked like a wine bottle. He asked for it anyways, and between him drinking it straight from the bottle, and him driving kinda silly because he was being goofy because he was tired, I was convinced that we were going to get pulled over for drunk driving and Jordan would fail a breathalyzer test because he had been drinking a fruit drink! Fortunately, we didn’t, and now I can look back and laugh, but at the time I was doing all that I could to trust Jordan’s judgment and not panic!

                I ended up convincing Jordan to let me drive for a bit while he rested. It was a straight shot, so I figured as long as I stopped before the signs said “Goodbye Tucson”, then we wouldn’t miss our exit. Jordan climbed in the passenger side, got comfy with his pillow and promptly fell asleep! I turned on a little bit of quite music ( that rarely puts me to sleep), and drove. I started getting sleepy (as I had gotten no rest at all at that point), so I started singing the fast beat church songs that came to mind. I ended up singing all the verses of “My sins are gone” that I could think of, and then just ended up singing the chorus over and over. Finally after about 45 minutes, Tucson signs were coming into view, so I pulled over and woke Jordan up, and he took the wheel over again. As he had had the rest, he was quite alert, and I felt good about letting him drive.

                At that point, it was past midnight, and we were pulling off the interstate. We figured that we probably would end up staying the night at the guest house, but as we pulled up, Mom and Dad Peterson were walking to our place. They had set up our place so that we could sleep in our place that night. It was really special to us, and never had bed felt so good before! Thus so ended our trip from Florida to Arizona! Happy Honeymoon reading. 🙂

Honeymoon Day 9, March 1, 2010

Monday, March 1st

When we got up the next morning, I was delighted to see the river walk right out of our window. So, needless to say, when we got dressed, we decided to go walking around, only it was windy and cold! Typical for winter though. We ended up being hungry because we got up so late, so we ended up finding a little BBQ place called Bill Millers BBQ, and we had lunch there. It was a cute little place, with neat décor, but…I’ll have to admit, being from the south (And from a well read up on cuisine mother), I thought their logo left a little to be desired. Good food, okay logo. (In case y’all aren’t familiar with it, in a BBQ logo, the more that the pig (or animal) is doing, ie dressed up, bbq-ing, flames in the background, etc, the better the BBQ!) They just had the name with some animals around the name. But regardless…it was fairly good.

                The only thing was, was that Jordan wasn’t feeling well, so we ended up going back to the hotel so that we could lay down for a bit (And warm up). The positive thing was, that by this time, Jordan had found a way to get into and out of the hotel without having to pass by the bellhops! I was very tickled about that, as I dreaded going by them, just knowing that they were staring through me, mentally saying “there go those cheap people. I want a tip!” *shudder*

                So after Jordan was feeling a bit better, we got into the vehicle (once again, bypassing the bellhops) and rode around San Antonio to see what we could do. We looked for the Alamo, and kept driving by it, not realizing that we were. Finally, after driving around for a bit, and not being able to decide on what to do, we decided to go to the Alamo. I never realized how small it was! Especially after having been exposed to the St Augustine Fort in Florida.

After going in there, I saw Louis Toussade’s Wax Museum, and we decided to  go there. The only bad thing was about 3/4ths of the way through, I ran out of battery with the camera, so we walked back through, and the ticket attendant said that we could go buy batteries downstairs and them come back in. It was really neat and interesting. Of course, I recognized a lot of the movie stars (some mostly by name), and Jordan recognized a lot of the historical figures. Though I will admit…if it weren’t for the costumes and for the name plates in front, I don’t know that I would have identified that many. Honestly, those wax figures weren’t very…um..lifelike, and I definitely wouldn’t have mistaken one for a real person! I guess that’s why it is a wax museum, not a “lifelike-imitation-of-people-done-in-wax museum”. Too long for the sign too, so cheaper to just go with “wax museum” and then people don’t expect too much. I guess Louis Toussade Didn’t like Madame Toussade, so he made cheap imitations of what she does well, so that when people went to England, they’d bypass her place because they went to his place in America and were dissatisfied with the quality. It’s a classic case of Lover’s Revenge.

                So our tickets were good for another place as well, so we decided to go into Ripley’s Believe It or Not (Always was curious about those places, but never really went in to one). Talk about bizarre! It’s hard to believe whether what was in there was real or not…and I’m also curious as to whether each one is the same, or each one has different (and equally bizarre) items. Things like a 2 headed calf, an elephant with 2 trunks, a man with 3 legs, the car that Lee Harvey Oswald rode in when going to where JFK was, etc. Just weird. My favorite though was the picture of the tongue folding, and then seeing if you could fold your own tongue. (Apparently only like 1 in several hundred thousand of people can do it.) So they have these pictures of people who can fold their tongue hung around a mirror where you can try to see if you can fold your own tongue. Then, after you get bored with that, you can walk around the corner to see what’s next, only to find out that the mirror in which you were practicing your tongue folding was actually a 2 way glass, and you can watch people come up and try to fold their tongue! :p They also had a movie playing of people that they had captured trying to fold their tongue (without them knowing they were being videoed!) We did get photos…but eventually I decided to stop taking them!

                After that we decided to see this great river walk that has made San Antonio famous, and started walking around. DId you know that they have a “Ben and Jerry’s” Ice cream parlor there? too cool! It was neat walking by all the restaurants and seeing how they were set up, and which ones had the prime spots, and seeing the heaters that they had set out. Being from Florida (where it hardly ever gets THAT cold) I can’t say that I had ever seen anything like it. We ended up walking around, and then up on the main level, where we decided to stop at a Subway (which is one of our favorite places to eat.) The staff there (wearing the labels “Artist”) was quite humorous, and we enjoyed watching them interacting with the customers.

                After eating, we decided to start heading back to the hotel as it was starting to get dark, and we didn’t want to get stuck out doors at dark trying to find our way back. The temperature was dropping, and it was windy on the river walk, so we were walking back as quickly as possible. The only bad thing was that we were on the wrong side of the river walk, and when we reached our hotel, it had no cross over to where we could get to the other side, and no stairs to get up top either. (I considered climbing the wall, as the water would have been too cold to swim across, and it didn’t look that clean either!). We had to walk a bit further to get up top and to the hotel. By that time, I quite chilled!

                We decided to take our $5 voucher for the restaurant downstairs, and get a dessert. I think we got a chocolate cake (if I remember correctly.) It was quite good! But we had talked about it, and didn’t want to stick around San Antonio the next day. We were tired of hotels, and just wanted to get home!

Honeymoon Day 8 – February 28, 2010

Sunday, February 28th

That morning, we had to decide where we were going to go to church, as the night before we had tossed around the ideas of going to two different churches. We finally decided on Bro Peary Greens former church, now pastored by Brother Jack Bell. As typical on a vacation, we arrived late. We definately knew it was the right church, as they had the pyramid on their church sign out front. I was feeling a little conspicuous as I wasn’t dressed up, but…oh well! We had to ring the doorbell to get in (a deacon let us in), and instead of marching us into a pew, he led us to the overflow room, and we didn’t really disturb anyone.

Afterwards in the Ladies bathroom, some of the sisters were asking me who I was, and as I had never introduced myself as “Martha Peterson” before, it felt like I was introducing myself with a fake name! It definately was strange! Sister Debbie Maxwell took me under her wing and was introducing me around to all the girls and such. Afterwards, the Maxwell family took us out to eat at a Tex-Mex restaurant (I STILL can’t figure out the difference between Tex-Mex and the other varieties of Mexican foods), and afterwards we went to their house. Apparently the Maxwells knew Jordan’s family from years before…even before Jordan was born. Sister Debbie had a sign in her kitchen that amused me. It read “I kiss better than I cook”! Needless to say, I got a big kick out of it! 😀

Shortly after we got there, we ended up going back out again, and viewing the sights of the city, where Bro Peary Green’s old church was, and various places where Brother Branham had been in the city. We got to the see the hotels in the story of the hotels where Brother Branham had asked Brother Green for a new hotel room because someone had committed adultery the night before in the room that they had given him. It was really neat.

After a bit more fellowship, we made our way to San Antonio, which was our halfway point, and were we had decided to spend 2 days instead of 1, for a little extra rest, and because Jordan liked the area. We figured it would be a good area to do a little activities. So…later that evening we pulled into the San Antonio area, booked a hotel room (Via Priceline) and went to our hotel which was right on the Riverwalk!

Now…I’ll admit, I’ve been to some nice hotels, and this one was a 3.5-4 star hotel, so it was pretty nice, and I’ve seen bellhops before, but these bellhops were just making me nervous! Seeing as how we were on a budget (aka being as cheap as possible), we were going to bring our own luggage in, parking in self park to save a few dollars. So, Jordan parks at one of the entrances, and goes to check in, leaving me in the car with the laptop as I was blogging. There were two bellhops stalking the front entrance. Note to self: Don’t make eye contact. One very enterprising one came up to the window (which was rolled up, it was a little chilly), and asked if I needed the luggage brought it, and I had to explain that Jordan was in checking in, and we would be bringing our own luggage in. Talk about making people uncomfortable! Those Superior looks makes you almost want to have them bring your luggage in! I was glad to see Jordan! But we still had to walk past them pulling our luggage in! EEK! :-/

As it was late, we didn’t get to see too much until the next morning. We were quite tired, as Texas is huge!

Honeymoon Day 7- February 28, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

                The next morning morning we ended up sleeping in a little, and I think that was partially due to the fact that we had just switched time zones, and we were looking mostly at the clock, and not on what our bodies were telling us. We decided to have a light breakfast of yogurt and fruit in our hotel room. I have a special story to tell about that: We didn’t have much plasticware to eat with on the trip, and though I had SOME…we didn’t have a set of plastic spoons to eat the yogurt with. Jordan went downstairs to look to see what I did have, and came back up carrying a packet of plastic ware…that had 2 spoons in it! It was amazing to us how the Lord decided to see to even our small needs.

After our breakfast, we headed downstairs to check out of the hotel.  When he had checked in, Jordan had told me that there was a plaque on the wall to that particular hotel from the Secret Service team of Laura Bush, thanking them. When we checked out, I was able to get a picture of it, knowing full well that Mom would LOVE to see that! 😀  After checking out, we went to the nearby Target to get a small cooler for our anniversary cake that we picked up from Mom and Dad Tamblingson while stopping through Ocala. Very shortly after that, we headed to a gas station and filled up on gas, and got ice for the ice chest for the cake. Also while we were there, Jordan got me an Alabama Keychain to add to my collection. I was really tickled because I didn’t recall an Alabama keychain in my collection. I ALMOST got a Mosquito Trap, so that I could make my own Mosquito fur coat, but decided that I didn’t want a mosquito fur coat, so I passed that up.  :p

                We were very close to the state line, so it wasn’t long until we were riding along merrily in Mississippi. (An amusing note here is after we got into Alabama, Jordan kept calling it “Mississippi”, and when we got to Mississippi, he was making comments about Alabama, to the point to where even I was getting confused! :p) Fortunately, both Alabama and Mississippi are very easy states to travel through, especially if it is just the tip that you are traveling through. After having traveled through Georgia (North and South) it made the Alabama/Mississippi trip seem very short.

                During our ride through Mississippi, we stopped at the Gulf of Mexico, just off I-10. It  was really neat to see the Gulf from another perspective!

                On the drive to the Gulf, we passed some fairly desolate places, including buildings that looked completely abandoned. Jordan was amazed at them, until I reminded him that they were probably from the hurricanes.

                We drove along a residential street along the Gulf, and there were some beautiful homes, and in striking contrast, there were some very desolate homes. It was very interesting, because on the way, we passed what appeared to be an abandoned safe, with the huge, steel, rusty door hanging open. After we had stopped at the gulf and walked up to the beach and back, we drove slowly by the object again so that Jordan could see it. He confirmed that yes… it was an old safe. We both marveled over the seemingly unusual, lone object, and why it was there, and unused.

                One of the locations that we stopped at in Mississippi was the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi, near the Mississippi/Louisiana border. It was a very random stop, and it was neat to go and see. They do a lot of Engine testing there at the Stennis Space Center, and to see their facilities. The reason that they chose the Mississippi/Louisiana property was because it was so sparsely populated, and they needed a lot of spread out land to test their engines without a lot of people knowing. We spent about an hour and a half there. One of the neat things was, while we were there waiting for the shuttle to take us around the base, we met another couple who had just gotten married…only She was from Tucson, AZ and he was from Orlando, Florida, and they were on their way back from Arizona, moving her to Florida! We just found that very amusing, as I was from Ocala, Florida moving to Tucson Arizona with MY sweetheart who was from Tucson.

I’ve learned that Jordan is very off the beaten path when he wants to be. To travel on a whim is something that I wasn’t very familiar with. After getting into Louisiana, we saw the signs heading towards New Orleans, and saw signs for the Superdome. Jordan decided to take a side trip to go see the Superdome (or rather, to show me the Superdome), and on the way, we were going to look for a Subway, one of our favorite places to eat.

We got off of the interstate, and followed the signs. We ALMOST stopped at a little Subway that we saw along the way, but my southern ways of “If it looks unfriendly, don’t go there” kicked in, and I decided I didn’t want to eat at that particular Subway in that particular neighborhood. So we kept going, and eventually ended up passing right by the Superdome, right in front of it. It was really fascinating to see such a huge place, and what was even more bizarre is my fascination in things that I really don’t have much interest in, except for the appreciation value that I have in knowing that even if the people I know would love to be there can’t be, I can be there for them, and tell them about it.

So we decided to get back on the interstate, but ended up traveling through downtown New Orleans, because of traffic flow and following the road signs. It was really neat to see the various buildings, and traffic, and the people walking around in the city. I will have to admit, I am more of a country girl!

As we were traveling through New Orleans, all of the sudden, we hit heavy traffic, and we couldn’t understand why. It was a Saturday, and we just couldn’t figure out what was going on, until we figured that there was probably a car accident along the way. As we kept going, we realized that we were correct…sort of. As we passed by, it looked like there was a little city mini travel vehicle that had just barely hit what looked to be something like a Hyundai Sonata, or a similar car. There were police vehicles, an ambulance, and all sorts of people standing about. When I looked, there didn’t seem to be any sort of damage to either vehicle. I was puzzled, but okay. It’s New Orleans, I’m not going to question what they do.

After passing by that “Accident”, the traffic seemed to flow a bit better, but it was still heavy. As we were following the flow, we ended up going by this busy looking building…and then I realized WHY it was busy looking: It was Harrah’s, a casino. (The name sounded familiar, but I think that is because I’ve looked through travel magazines, and I’ve probably seen the name before.) I was glad to get passed that though! But just when I thought that we were done, and getting out, we hit our worst snarl…as we discovered that we were passing through The French Quarters.

I have never seen people so unconcerned about traffic before! They just walk around, expecting these huge city busses to know what they are doing, and apparently they do, as they travel in normal speed around the crowds standing on the edges of the street! There were quite a few horse and carriage rides offered there in the French Quarters, and though the lights would change to red, the tour guides would just let the horses keep walking or trotting right in the middle of traffic, right through stop lights! Often, we’d watch the tour guides just talking to the people, barely even holding the reigns and not even watching as the horse guided itself through the busy traffic.

We crept through the French Quarters, stop and go traffic, and we saw this crowd of probably 200-300 people standing on the side of the street, at a mini-amphitheatre spot in the city where it seemed that this person was doing tricks and such of the sort. Jordan and I were both worried that someone would misstep backwards onto the street and fall into one of the oncoming busses!

Just when we thought that it couldn’t get worse, suddenly there was a policeman on a motorcycle that appeared and stopped traffic (which didn’t make TOO much of a difference, the only speed slower than what we were going was stopped.) As we sat there and tried to figure out what was going on, we heard this mini band, and as we looked, out of a side street came this 5-6 piece band…and right behind them came this bride and groom, their bridal party, and the guests! We watched as they marched across the street, and up the bridge where the crowd of people had just dispersed from only minutes before. After they crossed, the police opened up the street, and within minutes we were out of the French Quarters, and finally went on our way! We were on the interstate for a few minutes, and decided that we should get something to eat before going too much further. After spending just a few minutes looking for a Subway, we decided to not push our luck, and stopped at the best Taco Bell that I’ve ever been to! Jordan and I were both thoroughly impressed with the friendliness and promptness of the staff, as well as the cleanliness of the place. If I had to go eat at a Taco Bell…anywhere in the world again, I’d love to go back to that one!

We stopped in Lafayette for the night. Once again, we were relieved to stop for the night. We had had a very full day of traveling, and seeing sights (whether it was our plan or not) and it was good just to get some rest!

Honeymoon Day 6 – February 26, 2010

Friday, February 26th

                We met Mom and Dad at Cracker Barrel that morning for breakfast.  I was excited to see that Dad had a copy of Uncle Floyd’s photos of our wedding. Uncle Floyd had mailed them to Dad after the wedding, and they had just arrived on Thursday, so Dad said that he would copy them for us so that we would have them to take back with us.

                After an unusually large breakfast, Jordan and I went to the office to say “bye” to everyone. I was very surprised at how changed around my old office was, but I was very pleased to know that the office that I had left was in better, more capable hands. After many hugs and goodbye’s, and see-you-in-July’s. Jordan and I finally got on the interstate heading North. I don’t recall much of the trip that day, probably because not much happened and I was tired, but we passed familiar territory, such as Gainesville, and then later got into heavier cities, and I saw names of ones that I recognized, especially Tallahassee. (I’d hope that I’d recognize Tallahassee…it is the state capitol!)  We did pull over in Tallahassee and get gas. I was a little concerned that we’d get stuck in traffic and not be able to get back on the interstate, but that was always an old childhood fear, before I understood how to read highway signs. As much as I’m able to read road signs now, I’m still in awe of my Dad and Jordan for being able to read the road signs and just know where to go.

                We did push to see how far that we could go, and we ended up in Mobile, Alabama. We had pulled over in Mobile, and had traveled through the streets, paroling for available internet, and as soon as we found it, we booked our hotel, pulled our directions to the place, and we were on our way. I remember marveling through the darkness at the beauty of the barely visible houses along the streets where we were traveling.

                About 10-15 minutes of driving after booking our room, we pulled in at a Wendy’s for dinner. There are times that food tastes good, and at that point, I wasn’t exceptionally hungry, but it did taste good! I had a new menu item, some buffalo chicken, and I will admit, it did taste good, and I thought it went rather well with my chocolate Frosty. 🙂 I did have a bite of Jordan’s hamburger, and it tasted fairly good too.

                When we got to our hotel (which was just around the corner of the Wendy’s where we had dinner), it was a relief to stop driving, and go to bed!

Life is grand!