Monday, August 31, 2009
EK did all of the hard work.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Now, on with the show!
I included a small picture of the display case. This is only one small secrtion. Also included is a sign of the amount of ingredients they use any given week.
Mmm. Mmm. Mmm.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Friday night was a meal at our favorite BBQ restaurant, Circle H in Emory. The trip there and back is not too long, but we do get to visit for a while due to the car time. It is a good way to wind down after a long week. Modie mentioned my birthday, so I received peach cobbler and a song from all of the waitresses.
Saturday was Brian and Malia's wedding reception. The slide show turned out great. Following the little shindig we headed to Rockwall. Did you know that El Chico opened in 1940? It is not somewhere we go often, so it was really good to be there again. You know they say absence makes the heart grow fonder. While shopping (we had to take advantage of Texas' sales tax holiday) we saw someone wearing a Buc-ee's t-shirt! I wonder if he stopped at the same Madisonville location we visited a few weeks ago.
Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new school year for the mil10s!
Today mr. and mrs. mil10 have been busy making final preparations while also taking time to rest up for the big day. Edie has already packed lunches. EK spent the afternoon cleaning his room and organizing his desk. Later in the evening he spent time outside playing with Savy. Apparently Savy likes playing with bubbles. I took the first picture from the kitchen window.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
We attempted to visit Fort Pickens in 2008, but the road to the fort was not open due to damage sustained from Hurricane Ivan in 2004. For a brief moment we thought we would walk the seven mile (yes, seven mile) roadway. Thankfully sanity prevailed. Visiting the fort would have to wait until 2009.
The famous Apache chief Geronimo was held captive in Fort Pickens from 1886 to 1887.
Those little houses in the background used to house Coast Guard Station Pensacola before the unit was relocated across the bay to the Naval Air Station in 1987. The Coast Guard has been serving Pensacola for more than 100 years.*
Over 21.5 million bricks were used in the construction of Fort Pickens.*
Above is a portion of the fort called Bastion D. On June 20, 1899, a fire in Fort Picken's Bastion D reached the bastion's magazine, which contained 8,000 pounds of powder. The resulting explosion killed one soldier and obliterated Bastion D. The force of the explosion was so great that bricks from bricks Bastion D's walls landed across the bay at Fort Barrancas, more than one and one-half miles away.
This should be the last of the Pensacola Pics series, unless I dig up a photo or two that I just want to pass along!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
A drive into town was needed for the evening meal. We decided on Joe's Crab Shack. Seafood was needed sometime this weekend since we were on the beach.
EK caught a crab earlier this weekend. When he saw snow crab legs on the kid's menu that is what he wanted to order. With some help from everyone at the table, EK's first meal of crabs was a hit.
Friday, August 7, 2009
"Texas' most famous restrooms."
"World famous beef jerkey."
"Jerky. Eat it. Don't drive that way."
We were not familiar with Buck-ee's, but we knew we would be making a stop. If the bathrooms were that famous, why had we not heard of them? We did not know, but did not care. We just knew if they were billed as 'Texas most famous' they could not be too bad, right?
They were nice. Before going into the restrooms we were greeted by a robot of a criminal behind bars. I don't really know why. I tried not to look directly at him. All in all the restrooms were large and CLEAN. I was surprised to see a hand sanitizer beside each urinal. Do you use the Germ-X before or after you use the bathroom? Is it just for those that may not want to wash their hands at the sink? I could have asked the attendant on duty, but again I tried not to look directly at him.
Read more about our other Buc-ee's experiences below.
There was food, too. Pecan logs. Brittle. Texas-shaped fudge. There were even fifteen rows of fried pies. Fifteen rows of Mrs. Baird's fried pies, but no coconut.
We decided to have Icees with our popcorn. Coke and green apple. Yum.
I saw a bag of beaver nuggets for sale, but was not sure what they were. Instead we bought camo popcorn. Think Fiddle Faddle or Cracker Jacks with green and brown pieces mixed in as well. jmm was the only one who liked it.
Monday, August 3, 2009
Now for the pictures!
Everyone prepares for the big game. See how serious we are!
I think someone used a few too many 2,000 Flushes disks!
EK looked on while jmm made a hole-in-one.
The occasional hibiscus brightened the landscape.
As we look at upcoming blog topics, we will revisit Pensacola once more with part two of the forts we visited. Also, see how the recession has hit the circus when we talk about the day the circus came to town.