We are home from our Florida trip.
Emma and i had a great time....it really is hard to make yourself hate Florida just because it's hotter than Hell. The sun and the white fluffy clouds make the entire area really beautiful. I am just not sure that i could live there year around. It made me so happy to see the Tennessee mountains on the way home. Those beautiful, huge, mountains now signal "HOME" to me and i was thrilled to see them. I do think that i hate the state of Georgia....it's not the state as much as it is the way folks drive on i-75 and i-285. No one seems to know how to pull over after passing. I truly hate the drive through Georgia. Next time, i would much rather fly than drive.
Good news: Emma took some swimming lessons with the fabulous Ms. Suzi! Emma has always loved, loved, loved being in the water; she is now a true mermaid. She can blow nose bubbles, dive and retrieve shells from the bottom of the pool, jump into the pool and do a "blast off" from the bottom of the pool, float on her back, and swim a front stroke across the pool underwater. Ms. Suzi is a wonderful teacher; she talks in a way that Emma completely understands and relates to. I couldn't believe how fast Emma caught on! I wish that we had another week to take a few more lessons from her. I am hoping that when we go back to visit, Emma can take a few more lessons from her. I still have my eyes peeled to Emma in a pool, but it is good to see her become more confident in the water. I loved that Ms. Suzi talked about not panicking in the water, and repeatedly reminded Emma that she could always "blast off" from the bottom and float on her back. Heck, to be honest, i need Ms. Suzi....but that's a whole 'nother story!
I did stop by my Dad's house on the way down and again on the way home. My Dad needs an intervention, i swear. He's just not able to keep up with the a 3-bedroom house, 2 car garage, two bathrooms, a big yard with lots of bushes and his health. The maintenance is just too much for him. My sister and i have decided to do a room by room clean up which will take some time. The garage is in shambles...there is just a lot of stuff in there that needs to be thrown away and organized. I am hoping that we will be able to move my Dad soon into an apartment that he will be able to handle. He seems open to the idea; it will also save him some money even after we find a suitable renter for the house. But before that can happen, a lot more cleaning, throwing away and organizing needs to happen. He has always been a bit of a hoarder, but it has gotten worse now that he is not able to keep up with the daily housekeeping.
More photos to follow.....