It looks like the title is “1/2”, as in half a day of highlights. Actually, I’m going to give you Day 1 and Day 2 highlights. (Why did I choose to explain it instead of change it? No clue.)

First of all, we spent last night in Hoover, Alabama. The entire evening I looked for the Hoover football players and coaches that are on the MTV show Two-A-Days. No luck. I figure they squirrel themselves away on the off season when the cameras aren’t around. Or they just do their normal thing and I was in the wrong places. Yeah, I guess it is silly to expect to see them at a hotel in their hometown.

Sally came up from AU (why exactly does she go there? Ugh… it always makes me want to yell “Go Dawgs!”) and ate dinner with us and my cousin Amy, her baby Scarlett, and my Aunt Carol. Even though we are less that 48 hours into our trip, my family already amazes me. (I’m sure there is more of this idea to come.) Family is just the weirdest thing, isn’t it? Yet beautiful. I love Amy. It’s great to have a cousin a little older than me that loves the Lord and is making the choice to raise her family in the church. There’s a lot of crazy drama going on in areas of our family and it is great to see someone doing it right. Not to mention that she thinks I’m really funny, which I won’t disagree with her on that…. 🙂

Mom and I have been truckin’ today and drove about 8 hours to Pineville, LA where Colonel is from. Of course, we stopped along the way to take pictures, go the the bathroom, buy snacks, and purchase some awesome $5 sunglasses from Wal-Mart. Oh yeah- and ear plugs. She’s a snorer, folks.

We listened to three CDs of Ted Dekker talking about being a writer (thanks, Shannon!). Ok, if you haven’t ever read Ted Dekker, do it. Seriously. He rules. The words “genius”, “brilliant”, and “not right” all come to mind when I think of him. Reading his books is like inhaling a breath of fresh air.

The only casualty so far has been one of Mom’s teapots. Yes, she brought more than one. And yes, the bellhop dropped one and broke it. She is very disturbed. I think we’re going to have to send some sort of emergency tea signal to Melissa Tanner.

Tomorrow we go to see Colonel’s sister, Aunt Mary. I’ll try to blog and hopefully post pictures. If you don’t know, the plan is to scan all the old (like, REALLY old) family pictures and recipes into Mom’s computer. We also get to see Mom’s grandparents’ house and other old things.

Give it up one time for the Strother family representing tomorrow. Now it is time for a map update.


And a quick shout-out to all my snow bunny friends. Don’t break your face on the slopes.