Rest of our Road Trip

Here are the rest of the photos from our road trip. Brandon gets home in less than a week! We are busy getting all kinds of fun coming home things ready for him. He’ll have been gone a week short of two months, and we are so excited to have him back!

I could try and tell you how awesome our trip was and all about the amazing sights we saw but there are no words that would suffice for the beauty that the west has. The amazing sights and open scenery is unlike anything we have back here in the South, but I will say, I was so happy to cross the Mississippi on our flight back and see the pretty trees covered the land.DSC_6944DSC_6631DSC_6745DSC_6779DSC_6785DSC_6909DSC_6947DSC_6924DSC_6674

Kelsey + Taylor: Part One

I spent the last weekend celebrating one of my best friends, Kelsey’s, wedding with some of my closest friends. I am going to break up the post so there aren’t too many pictures in each one. Since Brandon is gone with the Army still, I didn’t get to get too many pictures of all the gorgeous details and fun going ons since I was busy chasing a wild one year old around, but I’ll share as much as I got. I hope you can feel the love that was there, it was such a wonderful weekend!

These photos are all from the Groom’s dinner, which was the night before the wedding.

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The groom’s dinner was Georgia themed. Both Kelsey and Taylor have lived in Georgia and have strong ties back to the South so they had a good ole’ Southern dinner. Barbecue, Mac and Cheese, Hush puppies, Watermelon, and Banana Pudding for dessert with Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss playing as the soundtrack. All of us Georgia girls felt right at home!DSC_5343
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Lyndsey, Kelsey (the beautiful bride!), Amy and I after dinner
For more pictures from this weekend, check out their wedding hashtag #lurphwedding on instagram and don’t forget to follow me @goodmorningloretta!

My outfit:
Dress and Cardi- TJ Maxx
Earrings- Etsy (seller’s shop is no longer open)
Shoes- Stein Mart

I Been Everywhere Man

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Sawyer and I are half-way through a two-week road trip. We had the most amazing weekend celebrating one of my best friends wedding, and now we are heading out with my Aunt for an awesome road trip all over the Midwest. Look forward to so many picture. So, so many pictures. I can’t wait to share them! And these awesome giant pants that I have worn almost everyday. Talk about comfy. and huge. and comfy.

Kayaking Down the Peace River

Last week while we were in Florida, my Aunt and Uncle took us fossil hunting in the Peace River. There is so much more to Florida than Disney World yall, and we got an insider experience. Who knew there were dinosaur fossils in Florida? Fossil hunting was something I had never done and I figured most people wouldn’t be familiar with it, or even know that you could find dinosaur bones in South Florida, so I put together a little how-to from my perspective of our day. 

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Step One- Get your gear. We took a kayak that my uncle rigged a trolling motor to (don’t forget we are in the South, and it ain’t a full day if something hasn’t been rigged). We also took along screens, shovels, fried chicken, and one curious little boy.

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Next-Check the water. Stay extremely shallow and constantly be checking your surroundings because you aren’t from gator country and are paranoid that you will be eaten by an alligator. Periodically continue checking for gators even though your Aunt and husband have told you thirty times that you won’t be eaten by one. Watch as your fearless son has the time of his life on the beach.DSC_9911

Hop in the kayak and head up river, escorted by the most handsome guide you’ve ever seen. Stop at sandbars, and dig up rocky dirt and sift it looking for fossils. When you’re unsuccessful for quite a while, eat the fried chicken and biscuits while handsome paddler takes you farther up river to look for a better spot. Relax, and mentally take a thousand pictures of the beautiful scenery because you are afraid to get your camera wet. (Most of this river has never been touched by humans and is as about as beautiful as it can get).

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(This was taken as the rain was just beginning)

Next, look up at the sky and pay attention if you see looming dark clouds (You’re future self would have been grateful had you not gotten stuck in torrential down pour, but you do end up having fun kayaking through the rain and hiding in the car eating cookies).DSC_9919

Once the afternoon shower is over, get back in river, and wa-la! Your one-year old walks up from the beach holding the first fossil find- a dinosaur rib!DSC_9614

Now that you know it is very possible, you start really trying. It sounds simple- feel for rocks, dig where rocks are, sift the sand out, and then go through the rocks. If you’re lucky like me, you won’t have to look too hard because you’ll prick yourself on the shark teeth, but a lot of times it’s tricky finding or recognizing the smaller fossils! Swim and play for a little when your son gets tired of you getting excited over rocks, and then keep looking!DSC_9689DSC_9976

We had SUCH a good time going out on the river with my Aunt and Uncle. It was one of those once in a lifetime experiences that I want to do every time we go visit. It was so fun hunting for fossils and riding on the kayak, and the river was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. If you ever get to go to South Florida, head to the Peace River and see what you can find! We ended up with three pieces of Dugong rib bones (an ancient relative of the manatee), ten various fossils (a.k.a. we weren’t really sure what they were), nine fossilized shark teeth, and one fossilized piece of coral. Not bad for newbies!

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More Pictures from our Florida Vacation

Visiting my Aunt and Uncle was like a whirlwind of fun. They had so many fun things planned for us, I thought I’d sum up the rest of our fun trip in pictures!DSC_0711
The Banyan trees at the Edison and Ford Winter Estate in Fort Meyers. These trees have a trunk and the rest grown from the top down. So neat.

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I’m going to do a whole post by itself about our kayaking adventures, but we just had the best time down in Florida!

In other news, I had to take my beloved little camera and drop it off in the arms of a stranger for a whole week so that she could be repaired! The moral of the story is make sure you zip your camera bag all the way shut every. single. time!