Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Dexter Avenue Baptist Church and Parsonage

Saturday, we visited Martin Luther King Jr.'s house.
 We had the BEST tour.  Our tour guide was amazing. 
 He included the boys and called them by name, and let them try items like a rotary phone. 
 The boys are standing on the spot that was bombed.  Most of the furniture in the house was original.  
 After touring the parsonage, we went by the church.  The ladies that were working let us pop upstairs and see the sanctuary.  We had such a great day visiting more Montgomery history! 

First Day of School

 Fourth Grade
Seventh Grade

Last Day Before School

 I took the boys to Rock-n-Jump for their last day before school.  It WORE them out!  
 They climbed and climbed and climbed!

Then they beat the mess out of each other.  These guys were exhausted when we left!

Deer Creek Splash and Dash

 The boys participated in Splash and Dash the Sunday before school started.  
 There was lightning in the area, so instead of swimming 
the kids did some exercises in the baby pool.
 Ethan ran the big loop.  Nate helped pace him the last bit of the race. 
Nate ran with the little guys.  They ran a mile.  After running, everyone enjoyed desserts and pizza!
It was a fun night for all of us!


 We took one last hurrah before school started.  
We took the fellas to Atlanta to enjoy a ballgame and Six Flags.  
We started our trip off enjoying hotdogs at Varsity. 
 We had a some time before the ballgame so we went to visit Jimmy Carter's library.
 Nate said we only had two opportunities to see the Pirates play in Atlanta, so we booked a hotel within walking distance and got to the game early!
 It was HOT!!!  We took a quick walk around the stadium and 
found that our seats were in the shade!  YAY!
 Nate and I had a great time.  Unfortunately, the Pirates lost and the fellas were NOT happy about it!
 Thankfully, we had a Six Flags the next day!
 We made the most of the day and spent half of our time at the water park!
 We got an early start home.  Atlanta is only 2 1/2 hours away so we 
decided to make a detour to visit DeSoto Caverns.  
It was nice and cool in the cave and we had a great tour!  
We had a great break!  

Great Escape Middle School Camp

 Ethan went to Florida for middle school camp.  He was gone for six days!  
 He had such a good time.  I was able to take some pictures off of Facebook from the church website.  
We missed him terribly, but I am glad he had such a good time!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Civil Rights Trail and Old Cahawba

Last Friday, the boys and I took a trip to Selma to visit sites along the Civil Rights Trail.  
We stopped at the Lowndes County Interpretive Center in White Hall to learn the 
history of the Selma to Montgomery March.   White Hall is about half way between Montgomery and Selma.
We learned this was also the site where sharecroppers who were kicked off their land for voter registration activity set up a tent city.  
We drove into Selma and stopped at Brown Chapel AME church.  This church served as the headquarters for blacks during the voting rights movement. This church is also the starting point for Selma-to-Montgomery marchers.
We drove a little up the road into downtown Selma. 
Our last stop was the Edmund Pettus Bridge where 
Martin Luther King Jr. led the marchers toward voting rights. 
After some lunch, we drove to Old Cahawba.  Old Cahawba is Alabama's ghost town. 
It's the site of Alabama's first capitol from 1819-1826.. 
The town became a ghost town shortly after the civil war. 
This was an old well that is supposedly haunted!
This creepy building used to house slaves.  After the civil war it was a sold to a wealthy Alabama man who added the columns.  There was NO one visiting Old Cahawba when we were there, so it really was a ghost town.  This location was especially creepy!  
This spot was the location of the town's store.  The columns still stand.
This was the old one room school house.  
The boy's really enjoyed the ghost town.  
I would love to come back with bikes and tour the area again.

We passed an old Civil War cemetery on the way to Old Cahawba.  As we were heading home, I drove in to take a few pictures.  The spanish moss was gorgeous!  
We had a such a great historical day!