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Pickler & the Space Carrier

For Torin’s 11th birthday present, her MeMe and PaPa bought tickets to the Grand Ole Opry for her to see Lennon and Maisy Stella (they’re the girls who play Rayna’s daughter on the t.v. show “Nashville,” and Torin goes to school with Maisy).  PaPa got sick at the last minute, so I graciously hopped in the car and took his place.  Unfortunately, the Opry schedule also changed at the last minute, and the Stella sisters weren’t there, but we still knew we were in for a treat.  Plus, my mother said that our seats should be “pretty good.”

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Evidently, when my mother says she has seats that are “pretty good,” that means FRONT ROW SMACK IN THE MIDDLE.

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My first thought was, OH MY GOSH, I just saw a camera pan the audience and I hope my hair looks good.  My second thought was, if Diamond Rio is telling me to clap, I’d better clap, because they’re staring right at me.

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Even though Torin didn’t get to see the Stella sisters, she enjoyed every minute of Kellie Pickler, who is just the cutest thing.  The fact that Kellie was close enough to be invading our personal space made it even more fun.

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I’ll admit, it was pretty hard to top Friday night at the Opry, but we shifted gears on Saturday and focused on something that Parker is very passionate about.  LEGOS.  There was a huge contest at the library, and nothing brings a community together like little plastic bricks.

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His entry was called “Space Carrier,” and it was a vessel with weapons, people, fiery things, and other cool stuff that I know nothing about.  He didn’t win, but that’s okay.  Sometimes you work really, really hard, and still walk away empty-handed.  It can be tough to swallow, but you still have to hold your head high and be proud that you tried.  (I’m sure that’s what Peyton Manning’s mom told him.  Because this is exactly the same kind of situation, right?)

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He did get lots of cool ideas and is already thinking about what to enter next year!

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our summer scrapbook, part 1

Dave’s parents visited for a few days, and we enjoyed an evening of mini-golf near our house.  I have two things to say about the following photos.  First of all, FORE!  And second, I’m glad the kids aren’t old enough for the go-carts.  They scare me.

Last week, the kids went to Pine Cove Base Camp.  Let me tell you, this was my FAVORITE camp ever.  It was held at a local church, and all of the camp counselors were college kids with code names like Shakin’ Bacon (Torin’s counselor) and Vader (Parker’s counselor).  They played on huge inflatables, water slides, and trampolines, and did things like sword fighting (with pool noodles), archery, and bungee jumping.  Plus, they had worship time and studied all about David.  LOVED IT.  My only complaint was that this camp didn’t last all summer long.  It was that good.

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Night at the Aquarium

This past weekend, Torin and I went camping overnight at the aquarium in Chattanooga.  It was a special event that our Girl Scout leader had been planing for over a year.  I’m not normally the camping type, but I figured since it was in a climate controlled building and I would be sleeping on carpet, I could surely survive.  We arrived at the aquarium in the evening after it had closed.

We were the only people inside, and the doors were locked behind us.  Just so you know, the aquarium can be a tad bit creepy in the dark.  We were warned many, many, many times to STICK TOGETHER.  I don’t know what would’ve happened if one of us had wandered off, but I certainly didn’t want to find out.

Our aquarium guide fed us dinner, and then we enjoyed a little after-hours party with the stingrays.

This next part is kind of a blur.  After the stingrays, we gathered in the auditorium for our scheduled “critter encounter,” which sounded innocent enough.  The next thing I know, one of the other moms frantically whispered in my ear, “the snake is CRAWLING UP TORIN’S ARM!!!”  Then I heard Torin giggle and say “it’s licking me!”  Then I blacked out.  (Ok, not really, but I know I was shaking as I took this picture.)

We toured three different buildings, saw all of the behind-the-scenes stuff, and watched an IMAX movie.  At midnight, we (finally) gathered under the shark tank to lay out our sleeping bags.

We were awakened at 6 a.m. the next morning so we could get a quick breakfast and tour yet another part of the aquarium before they kicked us out at 8:30.  While most of the girls looked cute and perky, many of the moms (especially me) looked like they’d been run over by a truck.

Final image… the alligator showed us his butt right before we left.  This is hilarious when you’re 10 (and have been awake for the past 26 hours).

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So this is winter.

We don’t get a whole lot of snow here in middle Tennessee, but when we do, we know how to take full advantage of it.  The kids woke up last Friday to a dusting of snow and got to show MacGyver how much fun it can be.  Then the next day, we got another dusting, and got to sled down our hill with our niece, Sabrina.  We’ve had our little taste of winter, so now I’m ready for spring!

 

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