We have spent the last few days in beautiful, sunny, Florida. It has been a dream visiting family and doing all kinds of fun things with my Aunt and Uncle. This evening we visited Downtown Fort Meyers, an up-and-coming area with cute little shops and restaurants and a great little walk by the bay where we watched the sun set. Sawyer had such a good time running around and looking at the bay, and then splashing in the fountain. We had such a good time relaxing and just enjoying the breeze off the water.
While my brother was in town last weekend, we all headed over to Cragford, an itty bitty town outside of Wedowee with the cutest main street that consist of three little shops and a post office. It used to be a gold town and the old gold camp is still open and running, so we went to try our hand at panning gold. I had pretty high expectations for myself, I just knew I was going to find that giant nugget, or some kind of rare gemstone.
They showed us how to pan the gold, and then while we waited, I took pictures of Sawyer looking cute on all kinds of old mining equipment.
look at those eyelashes!
We spent the rest of the day panning gold and shoveling dirt into this crazy machine that made a big mess and was supposed to guarantee success. With four men shoveling for two hours straight, and two people running the machine, I was sure we were gonna strike it rich. Two hours and a lot of sweaty boys later, we got to look at our gold. I would have taken a picture, but you’d be blinded by the amount of gold. Naw, the gold masters went home with two miniscule specks of gold that we couldn’t even get to suck up in the little gold sucker you’re supposed to use. Yea, I struck it rich haha. All in all though, we had a really fun time. The kids were so excited to play in the river and look for gold; it was definitely was one those experiences that you have to do at least once and say you did it!
In the summer, we do our best to spend every open weekend we have at the lake. My parents have been boating on Lake Wedowee since I was about three or four. It’s like a second home for me. My brother Kyle and his family were in town for the week so we spent four beautiful days at the Lake. There’s nothing better than relaxing in a muddy, southern lake in the summertime.
This picture of two of my nephews is one of my favorites. After I took it, the one on the right said, “when my Mom sees this picture, I know she’ll get me a dog because I look so good hugging one.” ha. That dog is our adopted lake dog. He shows up when we come out and hangs around until we go home. (don’t worry, he has a home just down the road from us where he is well fed and taken care of).
We also went to the Alabama Gold Camp. Look out for my post on how rich we got there later this week!
We decided to take a little break from reality and escape to a southern paradise.
Yum- Spanish Moss. It is everywhere there; the trees and fences and phone lines are just dripping with it. It never gets old. We spent the week relaxing, eating out, laughing with family and getting much needed down time before the busy Christmas season. St. Simons and Jekyll Island, Georgia.