Where was I? For the internets who haven't talked to me recently, things were insanely busy at work for the final month of school. I had no idea how much work goes into finishing the year in a school library media center. I also started my two summer classes, and one of my professors has required 6 + page papers for every assignment. With at least 10 references. Ugh.
Something had to give. Blogging, unfortunately, was first. Next was laundry, house cleaning, and cooking. (oh well!)
It wasn't all work and no play, though.
I spent the first weekend in June in Spartanburg with Allison, Leslie, and Reagan. We shopped, saw "Sex and the City," and of course talked and talked and talked. It was a fun little taste of what is to come later this month during Girls Beach Week at the Little Acorn.
My parents arrived for a visit on June 6, which was also the last day of school. Unfortunately, their arrival coincided with a massive heat wave, so we adjusted our plans to involve all air-conditioned activities (no Pops in the Park, sadly). We shopped, gorged on delicious Italian food at Maggiano's up at SouthPark, and went to see "Kung Fu Panda" (hilarious, by the way. Mark did NOT want to see it, but he was snorting with laughter within the first half-hour.) Mom and I got pedicures, and Dad even came out to school and helped me straighten the shelves on my final workday. Thanks, Dad!
Then, my sister Hillary and niece Emily arrived. They enjoyed hanging out here with us for a couple of days (and Emily enjoyed a playdate with Maggie) before heading off to the North Georgia cabin for a week's vacation with Mom & Dad. Mark and I followed on Friday morning, after we finished some schoolwork.
The cabin was the best. thing. ever. after the craziness and stress I have been under for the past month. It's always a peaceful retreat from the world, since it is literally in the middle of the woods. (No TV. No cell service to speak of. No internet!) My favorite favorite thing to do is hang out on the porch and read or chat, or just look at the mountains around us and the creek below. It is a little piece of heaven.
Sunset, mountain style
We did lots of fun things in the mountains: a scenic train ride along the Toccoa River, yummy meals at the Smith House and Rib Country, and a trip to Babyland General Hospital, home of the Cabbage Patch Kid dolls. The best parts were out at the cabin with my family: chasing and catching fireflies with Emily and Mark, visiting on the porch with my folks, Hillary, and my Aunt Celia and Uncle Dick, making s'mores and watching a full moon rise over the mountain ridges.
We want s'more!
Dad, Mom (aka Nana & Pop-Pop), Emily, & Hillary on the Blue Ridge Scenic Train
Me and Emily hanging out at the creek.