Wednesday, June 4, 2008

"Georgia, Georgia, a song of you..."

...Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines.
Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you."

So much to see and do, and not even close to enough time to fit it in! Our Memorial Day weekend certainly was memorable. All the talk of us wanting to visit my sister and her family in Georgia finally materialized into a terrific vacation. We managed to score a non-stop flight, and Seth, as always, was a champ! After aclimating ourselves to the heat and the...what's that bright thing in the sky???...oh yeah, the sun, we set about sightseeing, relaxing, swimming, and shopping (just me and my sistie). Thanks, Clay family, for having us and we miss you already!!! We were surrounded by and showered with the infamous southern hospitality!
This was a worthwhile museum called Cyclorama. It's a huge 4-story high circular mural depicting the Battle of Atlanta, and the auditorium seats revolve in a circle as the narration recounts the events back in 1864. Can you tell Seth is getting ready to get some more teeth???

Then we visited the inspiring King Center, and this was the childhood home Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here's Seth and cousin Cameron, whom we only got to see for a day before he went to Disneyworld on a school trip. Any object that looks like a phone, like the TV remote, he puts up to his ear and carries on a conversation that I'd give just about anything to understand!

My sister's neighborhood has a pool with a little waterslide, so here's dad and son waiting in line to go down. Check out that belly!!

...And here they are in action! Seth loved it although he's crying a little bit at the end. It was HOT that day, and the cold water on his back scared him a little.

Cutie-patootie in a little swimsuit-ie!

I love his little blond, wet, wavy hair, and yes, those back rolls are as deliciously squishable as they look!

Anyone who goes to Atlanta shouldn't pass up a trip to Stone Mountain Park. There it is behind Seth....a huge mountain of solid granite with a 3-acre carving of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. We enjoyed a picnic, played games and stayed for the laser show and fireworks.

Appropriately enough, for Memorial Day we visited Kennesaw Mountain National Park. Some of the heaviest fighting of the Atlanta campaign was here.

Here was a re-enactment of loading and firing a cannon...quite an involved and carefully calculated process!

We hiked through this meadow and up the hill... this monument at the location known as the "Dead Angle" or Cheatham Hill. The leaves in the foreground are covering a trench where the Confederate soldiers of Tennessee defended themselves against the Union troops not 30 feet in front of them. Periodically, a temporary truce was called so wounded and dead soldiers could be moved safely, and the opposing armies would trade and barter with each other...Confederates wanted Union newspapers, and Yankees wanted Confederate tobacco. In many situations, it was truly brother vs. brother. Can you tell I'm married to a Civil-War-enthusiast-all-things-history-smartie-pants-walking-encyclopedia?? :-) Matt was practically salivating over being in the very places he's read about for so long.

Lastly, we paid a visit to the New World of Coca-Cola.

"Mom, I'm not so sure about this crazy guy. Why does a polar bear need a scarf, anyway?"

"OK I guess he's harmless."

Cousins Ryan and Brandon - Seth sure had a blast with the Clay boys!


Tara and Jon said...

Wow! It looks like you had so much fun!!! It's beautiful back there (from your pictures....I've never been). My brother is on his mission out there. Did you happen to run into an Elder Lyman? What are the chances on that one?!?

Silly Little White Girls said...

What a fun trip! I love that picture where you pointed out Seth's belly, at the water slide ... a very cute belly. :)

And we were wondering about your video camera. We have a little one on our camera (that we never use) but are looking for a good one. Do you have any recommendations?

Laura said...

What a fun trip! I'm glad someone in Seattle has seen the sun lately!

Kristie and Ryan said...

isn't there something romantic about the south? I love it. My mom grew up in Tennessee and our visits to see her family in the southern states were so memorable. That whole region is rich with flavor and history. It's just different, isn't it?

Bridge Family said...

How did you get Matt out of the museums? I would have gone with the bait and switch technique.

Looks like ya'll had a good time (yes ya'll is a word in Texas).