January- I didn’t do a lot in January so I didn’t have a lot of photos to choose from but my husband and I did get to do something we don’t get to do very often, go on a date. We went to Fogo de Chao in Atlanta and this is a picture of their salad bar. I love how the lights look like little fireworks going off and it reminds me of a rare and fun time. Pro tip: if you go to Fogo, get the candied bacon off the bar, my favorite!
February- My family went to Disney in February and it was fun! My youngest daughter was 6 and had never been and she had the time of her life. I think she wants to live there now. We were all sad when it was time to go home. We loved experiencing all the new stuff at the parks that we hadn’t done. Magic Kingdom and the castle are gorgeous at night. We went on my birthday and it rained basically the entire day. It was raining so hard during the fireworks that we had to leave but I did capture this picture of the castle lit up at night before the heavy rain started.
March- While we were in Disney World, my oldest daughter was about to order a cupcake from one of the stores when a girl in front of her ordered the last one. The cupcake was Belle themed from Beauty and The Beast. I felt so bad for her, I knew she really wanted that cupcake. March is also when the live action Beauty and The Beast came out so I decided to make these cupcakes. I think they turned out great! I rolled them in yellow sugar crystals and put edible red roses on top (I found them at Walmart, theory made by Wilton, they look cute but don’t taste the best).
April- In April I went on my first ever tent camping trip with my husband. It was an experience for sure. We went to Jekyll Island Georgia and it was much colder than we had anticipated. We also had an opossum try to get in our tent at about 3 a.m. and the ground was a little harder than I expected so we ended up sleeping in our car, waking up every so often to turn the heat on to warm us up. It wasn’t exactly all that we had hoped but it was fun and the camp ground was gorgeous! Here’s the view from our tent. It was a little rough but totally worth it.
May- After our camping experience, we decided we did want to continue camping, but maybe in something a little more comfortable. We decided to buy a camper. We found a really nice one at a decent price but it needed a little work. I spent a lot of May working on our camper. Painting, updating the kitchen nook, putting in new bedding (making up a bed in an awkward high bunk is really difficult!). It looks awesome now. I really love our little camper!
June- In June we took the camper out for it’s maiden voyage. We stayed at a campground in Columbus, Georgia. While we were there, we took the kids to hike the nearby Providence Canyon. It was so gorgeous and definitely not something you’d expect to see in South Georgia. It was probably one of my favorite things we did all year and I’d love to go back!
July- In July, my husband and I took a childless trip to Savannah for a couple of days. I absolutely love Savannah! The people, the culture, the food, the atmosphere… everything! The only thing I did not love was the extreme heat and humidity they had going on in July. We had a lot of fun walking on Riverstreet, eating some amazing restaurants and exploring downtown. Here’s one of my favorite pictures from Savannah.
August- In August the kids started school and I went exploring the little towns around me. I found this amazing coffee shop and bakery with a little book nook in it. They have amazing homemade baked goods, great coffee and one of the cutest seating areas I’ve ever seen. I just love going there.
September- September is when my family goes on their annual Beach trip. Every year my parents, my sister, my kids, my grandfather and I all go to Panama City Beach in Florida. We stay at the same condos ever year. They have a gorgeous pool area surrounded by palm trees. Although not the clearest picture, I love this one I took from our balcony one evening.
October- In October my family went for a hike at a local wetlands center. We like to go for walks on the weekends with our kids as a fun away to get some exercise and explore nature (and according to them, torture them). This place has some beautiful views and we always see different types of animals.
November- In November we took another trip on our camper. This time to a state park in North Georgia. The camp hosts at the park recommended we drive up Bell Mountain. I had never heard of it before but was excited to check it out after his description. The road up was one of the scariest I’ve been on but the view was so worth it. Another interesting thing about Bell Mountain is that the encourage you to spray paint on the rocks there. I love this picture that shows both the spray paint and the view.
December – It’s still pretty early in December (today is the 8th) and I haven’t really done a whole lot of interesting things so far. It has been gorgeous weather and the trees and fog are making the landscapes near my house eerily beautiful. Unfortunately I can’t really snap pictures in my car while driving (because I see some amazingly beautiful sites while driving around my town) but I did catch this scene when I got out of my car the other day.
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I hope you have a great end to your 2017!