4th of July at Callaway

We spent the past week back at Callaway Gardens with the whole family to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday… 4 months early! My sister and I have been planning the big surprise for months and I was so nervous she was going to find out, but excited for a few days with everyone!

We drove over to Georgia Saturday morning with a stop to see my grandma on the way.  The plan was to surprise her at our favorite Mexican restaurant, San Marcos. Everyone was there on time and in our matching “I’m with Pegs” shirts and we waited on her to arrive with my aunt and her friend.

When she walked back, the look on her face was PRICELESS.  She was confused, then slowly realized what was happening and some happy tears came! We gave her her special shirt, then enjoyed margaritas together. After dinner, we headed back to her place to check out the renovations (that happened to finish that week, phew) and then over to the Ironwood Lounge for fireworks, drinks and live music.

Sunday morning a few groups were playing golf and I brought my grandma down for lunch with everyone and then we headed to the afternoon circus to see it for the first time in years.

During the 13 years of our family going to Callaway each year for the Summer Family Adventure program, we always started the week with a big family dinner and the menu basically stayed the same.  Since we were all back together, Sunday night we made our traditional Callaway dinner complete with ham, hash brown casserole and a delicious peach cobbler at mom’s house. Monday morning a group of us did a hike on the Pine Mountain trails while others played golf.  We all enjoyed the new pool & cabana bar at the Lodge that afternoon.  They have done a TON of renovations at the Lodge and the new pool area and easy access to Lake Robin were a huge improvement. Also, the mango margaritas were delicious! Monday’s dinner was at the Country Kitchen and complete with all the Southern goodness we could eat and some family photos across the street afterwards. Tuesday morning the guys had a golf scramble, while us girls enjoyed a morning at the spa! I hadn’t gotten a massage since our honeymoon and I realllllly enjoyed this one.  A few others in the group hadn’t been to the spa before, so the experts helped us out.  We enjoyed the afternoon in the neighborhood pool before having a BBQ dinner at mom’s and watching the firework extravaganza down at the lake. Wednesday morning we all headed our separate ways and it’s back to work..  We had such a great time together and I’m so glad the surprise was a success!  It was the first time the big group had been together at Callaway in years and I enjoyed doing some more “adult” things with everyone.  Until next time..

 

 

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Christmas in Georgia

Yes, it’s mid January, and yes this post is about Christmas.  This January has been one of the busiest for us and I feel like I’ve just been on the go the whole month, so it’s not too much of a surprise that I’m just getting around to a quick recap of our Georgia trip!

After stopping to visit with my Granddad, we got to Callaway on Friday afternoon.  This was the first time all 5 of us had been together at mom’s house, and we knew we were going to have a lot of fun.

This year mom wanted to use my Cricut skills, and we came up with a Pine Mountain pillow for her to give friends (totally took Lauren to help me take a fun photo of the pillow with the mountains behind).  While the boys played gold, Santa Pegs, and her elf daughters, drove around the neighborhood delivering her gifts.

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We headed to San Marcos for dinner and margaritas and some of mom’s friends joined us for quite the funny dinner.  Then it was off to Fantasy in Lights to see the new scene!

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Oh and teach mom & Darren about snap chat filters while waiting in line…christmas-2016_04 We celebrated Christmas with Rollene on Christmas Eve with the traditional BBQ – ribs, and all the Southern sides.  The popper toys she gave us were definitely a hit!christmas-2016_05
Christmas morning was just the 5 of us, and the highlight was when Hunter opened his gift from the Hyatts – Thanks Jimbo!
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We switched up Christmas dinner to have a 7lb filet log done by grill master Darren and steakhouse butter by Lauren.  Filet log > yule log.  We ended the night with Mexican Train and Hunter schooled all of us.
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Finally, because this picture was too good not to share – here’s Hunter & Cleo right before Christmas in Charleston.christmas-2016_02

I’m planning on catching up on sleep and finally writing some posts that have been in my head this weekend, so I won’t be as slack as I have been 😉

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Labor Day Weekend at Callaway Gardens

Hunter and I spent the long Labor Day weekend down at Callaway Gardens and had such a great time!  The last time I was there for LDW was 12 years ago, when we scattered my dad’s ashes on the lake (and the weather was horrible) so I was looking forward to a relaxing weekend with Pegs.

Of course hurricane Hermine was hitting the SC coast when we were leaving on Friday, so we drove through a LOT of rain on our drive to Georgia.  It stopped around Lake Oconee and was smooth sailing from there, with a pit stop in Peachtree City to see Rollene and get TCBY before the last leg to Pine Mountain.  We got to her house and grilled out before taking the golf cart down to Lake Robin for the balloon glow.

Sky High Balloon Festival

Balloon glow? Yep – every Labor Day weekend Callaway hosts the Sky High Balloon Festival where several hot air balloons will offer tethered rides, and they do a balloon glow at dusk on the beach.  Unfortunately Friday’s glow was cancelled because of wind, but the three of us walked our dinner off around the lake and enjoyed the band playing on the beach.

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Sunday night the balloon glow was a go, so mom and I headed back down on the golf cart to get a glimpse of the balloons all lit up.

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Car Show

Inside and all around the circus tent were all sorts of classic cars for a LDW car show.  Mom and I checked it out Saturday afternoon while Hunter was watching football.  There were some really cool classic and custom cars to see! (That’s about the extent of my car knowledge – thinking they are pretty)

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Triathalon

While no one in our family partook, there is a big triathlon each Labor Day weekend at Callaway.  They take over the gardens on Sunday morning and then enjoy the rest of the weekend when their race is done.  We passed part of the biking portion of the race on our way to the golf course.

Golf

The weather was absolutely gorgeous, and even had a hint of fall in the air, so Hunter enjoyed playing 18 holes on the Mountain View golf course on Sunday morning.  I drove the golf cart around and loved seeing the course (I’m not a golf girl).  There was even a ladies tournament going on so I was glad we made an early tee time!

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Speaking of golf, the three of us went down to the beach to play putt putt Sunday afternoon, and guess who won? This kid.  Mom had the most holes in one though..

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Football

No Labor Day weekend would be complete without some college football!  We watched so many of the games at mom’s house and ultimately missed the fireworks, balloon glow and live music on Saturday night for the Clemson / Auburn game.  Since I’m not sure how many times I’ll get to say this this year – Go Jackets! What a win over Boston College in Ireland!

Golf Cart Rides

Growing up in Peachtree City (the golf cart capital of the world) we took golf carts everywhere, even to school.  I love being able to drive the golf cart around at Callaway and use that as our primary mode of transportation.  We took a long ride on Sunday after putt putt and enjoyed the wonderful weather.

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Pool

The afternoons were still pretty hot, and we cooled off at the pool.  If you’re a guest, you can enjoy the beach or the hotel / cottage pools, but being a resident has it perks of the quiet neighborhood pool.  Add a drink and it’s a  great way to wind down the afternoon.

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We were busy watching football and eating, but still managed to cover a lot of ground and spend time with mom’s neighbors this weekend.  I didn’t realize how many events they had going on at Callaway and was impressed with the big crowds.  I definitely recommend heading to Callaway Gardens next Labor Day, especially if you’re close by and can make a staycation out of it!

Another LDW and trip home in the books, and we’re already looking forward to the next one…

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Elder / Wilds Callaway Weekend

This past weekend was spent in Georgia with the parents — yup, an Elder / Wilds family fun weekend.  The Wilds hadn’t been to Callaway Gardens before, so we decided to all get together for a relaxing weekend before football season started.

Hunter and I headed to Georgia on Friday morning so we could stop and see the grandparents before getting down to Pine Mountain.  We took Granddad to the grocery store for a few things (mainly sweets and cookies), then stopped in Peachtree City to see Rollene.  After a golf cart ride to TCBY and visiting, we were off to Callaway!

Pegs knows how to make guests feel welcome, and we arrived to a spread of spinach artichoke dip and wine.  While the sun was still out and we had finished our snack, the 5 of us hopped on the golf cart to check out the Sibley center and show the Wilds the lay of the land.

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Demetria set us up with a “VIP” tour, and it was even better with a beer!

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After checking out the butterfly center Saturday morning, the guys played the Mountain View course, and us girls went shopping.  There’s not much to the town of Pine Mountain, but they do have some cute shops downtown where you can find some great gifts and knick knacks.  I found something to put in my hostess gifts, and Patty started knocking out some Christmas shopping while we were walking around.  We ended the afternoon with lunch at Rose Cottage, and then chatting by the pool.

The main event was margaritas at San Marcos on Saturday night with some of mom’s neighbors.  Uncle Mark even warned Scott & Patty about what they were going to get into that night.  The eight of us got a table, ordered our margaritas, and spent a few hours laughing and laughing.  After that dinner I think everyone is excited about the wedding next May, and the shenanigans that we’ll get into that weekend.

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We enjoyed the rest of the night on mom’s porch with some wine (a merlot from Pride).  After a busy, yet relaxing weekend it was great to just spend a few hours together talking.  I tried being sneaky and getting a picture, but it didn’t turn out too great.

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Sunday morning we got breakfast at the Country Kitchen, before making the trek back to Charleston, with our lil fur babe waiting for us.

I’m so happy that the 5 of us we were able to spend a weekend together down at Callaway!  Family is very important to me, so it’s great to marry into another that values the same thing — plus the fact that the Wilds are great to be around is just wonderful.  I know we’re going to continue to have fun planning this next year, and enjoy more family vacations for years to come!

Georgia on My Mind

I had been looking forward to this past weekend in Georgia for a few months!  It’s hard to get away from Charleston in the summer, especially with the amount of weddings and events we had, so we had planned a fall trip to Georgia to see family awhile back.

We woke up early Friday morning and got on the road, so we would arrive in Jonesboro around lunchtime.  Granddad and Grandmom had just picked up lunch for us, which was perfect timing.  Granddad took Hunter on a tour of the grounds, and told him about his arch nemesis — the magnolia trees.  It was great to see them, and I loved that Hunter could visit with them too.

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Next stop was my hometown of Peachtree City for dessert and some quality time with Rollene.  We took the golf cart to TCBY for fro-yo, and chatted back at her house.  The weather was beauuuuutiful, so the golf cart ride was extra fun.  And of course she sent us home with some homemade goodies..

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Finally we headed down to mom’s house in Pine Mountain and enjoyed dinner and lots of laughs on the porch Friday night.  Saturday morning Hunter played golf, while we waited for the Samuelsons to get here.  Erin now lives pretty close to Pegs, in Columbus, so Erin and her mom came up to spend the day at Callaway!  We took the golf cart all around the gardens, and ate at the Rose Cottage on Main Street.  I think Erin and Gibb will be back for the zipline course at Callaway soon, but it was fun to show them mom’s home!

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After the Samuelsons left, Mom and Hunter watched football while I went on a bike ride — I’m telling you the weather couldn’t have been better!  Then Pegs got ready for Joyce’s wedding in PTC (congrats!!) and Hunter and I headed to our favorite Pine Mtn establishment, San Marcos.  The epitome of not judging a book by it’s cover, San Marcos is a half garage / half Mexican restaurant with the best margaritas for miles (unless Aunt Beth is in town). With our bellies full of margs and enchiladas, we spent the rest of the night watching football and relaxing.

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Unfortunately we weren’t able to stop by the Hyatts’ place on Lake Oconee on the way back to SC, but it was a great weekend with family and friends in Georgia that went by too fast!  Now I’m looking forward to having Pegs visit Charleston in November and seeing the family for the GT/Clemson game or Thanksgiving.

A side note, the rocking chair from Rollene made it to Charleston safely, and now has a home in the office with my t-shirt quilt.  Thanks Rollene!!

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