a love of the south'

I love visiting places with an emphasis on history. I am happy to have finally taken an interest in history, as I never did take advantage of it while living in Charleston, SC, like I should have. We visited another beautiful historic city last weekend.

Last Thursday 6 of us women in my family (and Grace) headed for the coast to Savannah, Ga. We had a nice time together. It seems it’s more precious that we do this as every year passes. We were on a schedule and had a lot to do, and even though we did everything on the schedule but 1 tour – we still had some relaxing time in the evenings. A big highlight was eating at Paula Dean's restaurant and it was everything I expected it to be - good ole' southern cooking. Yummy! We didn't eat for the rest of the day if that tells you how much we enjoyed it. We toured River Street, ate seafood at Uncle Bubba's, visited the city market (in the rain), took a carriage ride through the historic district, saw the Return to the 50's show, made a quick visit to Tybee Island lighthouse and the beach, toured the Juliette Gordon birthplace (founder of the girl scouts) and topped our evenings off relaxing in the beautiful house we rented in the historic district.

Next year, we've decided to go to DC and I'm the tour guide. Funny, the last time I was there was in middle school. Thank goodness for internet, right?

Grace posing on the porch - she did this all on her own...


Grace was a guest dancer at the show we went to and was not shy at all.


Grace loves the beach but this day, the wind was bad and was throwing sand all over her. She said "when we going".




Our home for the weekend. I love those wrap around porches.

Monday night, Denine talked me into taking a Zumba class at the Y and let me tell ya - I haven't danced like that since I danced on the bars in Tijuana (j/k). What fun, and the teacher (who is pregnant btw), can really shake it. It was a mix of all kinds of dancing. I definately want to go back, but this time I'm not going to wear running shorts, running shirt and a cap. I felt so out of place with all the ladies in their tanks and yoga pants.

This weekend our little trip to VA beach for the half is a no-go. After me bailing out because of my leg, Chris now can't run it because of his IT band. So, we all decided to bag it and stay here to watch the USA Pro Cycling Championship. The time trial Saturday is where I ride most of my rides, so we're just about 4 miles away from it. David is thrilled and even has Grace talking about watching Hincapie race.

I've been getting in some workouts, nothing exciting to note. I did a few walks while in Savannah and on one of them in one of the parks, I tried to run about 50 feet and could tell from my tibia that I'm not ready to run yet. I'm going to wait until I have no pain there to start again. I'm really itching to start again...

My Navy AT is supposed to start Sunday, when I leave for Va Beach for 2 wks. Yet, my orders (what I need approved) hasn't been approved yet due to the Navy running out of money. Go figure, right? So, as of right now - I have no idea if I leave Sunday or not. This really sucks, as I was looking forward to some quality training and an AT I needed to do. We'll see. I'm still sending emails like crazy trying to figure out what's next...

A friend of ours who I mentioned in my last post of graciously hosting a party at her home had a bike wreck this past weekend on a ride with Chris. She has a broken collarbone and a broken rib. Ashley is one of the best athletes in our area and just a real sweetheart. I hope she heals fast and gets back at it soon. Please send prayers or healing vibes her way and if you have a minute, stop by her blog to wish her well. Ashley, hope you are welcoming visitors with goodies this weekend? :-)

22 comments:

Wes said...

Ah, what great pics. I need to go to Savannah. The tri there is on my short list over the next two years. Dee Dee (and I) love those wrap around porches. I always loved it when the Army ran out of money while I was stationed in Germany. It meant less time in the field for this slacker :-)

Gotta Run said...

So special to have that time with the girls in your family. Grace is too funny up on the stage!!!

Maybe we will run into to you guys at the event this weekend.

Cool new class at the Y. YOU ARE BRAVE!! I can only dance when I am very toasted :)

Marcy said...

ROFLMAO I'm with Robin. Good God I'd probably die in that class.

Looks like an AWESOME time! That house is to die for! I love those types of houses. So nice :-)

J~Mom said...

Awww..I am so sorry the whole weekend fell apart. I hope you know that I sincerely wanted to be there. We will have our Javafest II...yes we will. I see Ms. Marcy up there^^but I didn't get her on her cell phone. LOL

I can't believe Grace...just so cute and brave! You pick out the most adorable dresses for her!

That house is amazing. I would love a house like that instead of stucco.

Viv said...

Zumba is such a fun cal burner. I have to make my way back into one of those.
LMAO at the bars in Mexico comment hehehe!
The house looks gorgeous I am glad all the ladies had a wonderful time! Especially the lil lady, lookin ever so cute!!

sunshine said...

Sounds like a wonderful girls trip! Grace is quite the southern belle... :)

Jess said...

Looks like a great time! I love Savannah; it's such a beautiful city!

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

That house is gorgeous! Great pictures!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

I did zumba for a few months this past early spring. Fun stuff and a good cardio workout. Loved it.
I know what you mean about feelign out of place wearing runnign stuff, but I wore it anyway cuz that's who I am!

David said...

Next time you guys should go for longer. You know, to get a chance to do more stuff!

And no, you aren't kidding about Tiajuana. Don't even pretend.

teacherwoman said...

Looks like a great weekend! Grace is sooo photogenic and natural! :)

Kevin said...

Sounds like it was a great trip. Enjoy the racing this weekend. it should be good

Lily on the Road said...

hahaha, David!

Looks like an absolutely gorgeous place, I'd love to see it one day...

Have a great long weekend....

Erin Leigh said...

Awww she looks beautiful. Sounds like a great time.

Laura said...

Those pics are beautiful - I wish I lived in the south.

Steve Stenzel said...

Looks like a blast!! I'd LOVE to stay in that house!

Sprocketboy said...

What a nice post, making me pine for the Southland again. I have stayed in Savannah as well as Charleston and just loved it. As the only person in Canada (or north of the Mason-Dixon Line, for that matter) who loves grits I was just in heaven! But for training it is better to be up on the Blue Ridge, I think.

Keep up the writing, and working out. And as someone who just moved from Washington, DC after five years there I can give you some travel pointers too.

Marathoner in Training said...

I want to live in that house. Grace is one cute little girl.
For the DC tour, why don't you introduce all of them to the Marine Marathon? Set up a group run for it. Maybe even a relay team.

Pokey said...

Beautiful pics Mendy!! I am always in awe of how much Grace looks exactly like you!!! What a cutie :)

Carly said...

Great pictures! Your daughter is adorable. I love Savannah. It holds a special place in my heart has my husband proposed to me there while we were vacationing.

RunnerGirl said...

Do you have any info on the house you rented or others like it? We're considering a family vacation this year and Savannah is one of our options :)

Chris said...

Awesome place to hang for a few days... I'm envious. Lisa and I have been down several time sfor Spoleto and have loved staying dowtown and biking everywhere we went. Charleston is awesome (even if there are too many yankees there now) :-)