Family Time - Part 2 - Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012
Sunrise over the Intercoastal Waterway
Just about the time the sun came up, we pulled out of Buck Hall Recreation Area and headed towards Sesquicential State Park in Columbia, SC. We are going to continue with family time:o))  Julie, Steve and the grandchildren are headed to Brian and Chris' house in Columbia...we're on our way!!! 
Our trip was really easy...we avoided the interstates and had no Black Friday traffic problems.  We arrived at Sesqui, got set up and drove the 2 miles to Brian's house.  We arrived just in time for Bill to play a little family football:o))
We are the CHAMPIONS!!! 
After the game, we got some lunch,
then headed to the Columbia Zoo. 
It was a perfect weather day.
The animals were enjoying it as much as we were:o))

Emily's Favorite - The Koala
Samantha's Favorite - The Black Footed Cat
It looks like a kitten, but it's full grown!!
Julie's Favorite - The Flamingo
Emily, Andrew and Steve got harnessed up
to climb around on the giant
Jungle Gym called Sky High Safari!!! 

Emily moving up to the next level.
Andrew crossing the rails !!!
Steve made it all the way to the top!!
Then he did the "No Hands" move ;o))
Next we headed through the African Plains....
At one point, the tribal drums started to play...
the "Natives" started to dance ;o))
After all that fun,
we returned to the house
where we enjoyed a delicious pasta dinner!!!
Thanks Brian and Chris...
Can't wait for tomorrow ;o))
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Well, the beautiful weather turned COLD!!
We woke to 29 degrees;o(((
When we got to Brian's,
the Ladderball competition was already underway!!
It's never too cold for Ladderball ;o((
Brian wanted a rematch with me;o))
It's tough to be beaten by your mom...
We even had an official score keeper...

 One of us tossed a ball in the storm drain;o(
Once the equipment was retrieved,
Brian went on to beat me solidly;o((
Meanwhile, Grandpop entertained the troops!! 
Emily entertained the rest of us:o)) 
Watch out 'America's Got Talent!!!'
Brian and Chris worked on yet
another Thanksgiving Dinner!!! 
What a spectacular dinner it was!!!
With just a bit of daylight left,
the family moved outside for one more game of
The last event of the weekend,
watching the movie RV:o)))
Thanks Brian and Chris for
a wonderful time and lots of special memories!!!


  1. Nice! I really like zoos too. We have to go to more local zoos!

  2. What a great weekend! Looks like everyone probably slept real well each night too :)

  3. That looks like an awesome time! :) Great to have family day(s) and have so much fun together.

  4. You did a SUPER job of document this get together. Your family really knows how to have a GOOD time together. No wonder they like to get together so much. I would too. Just love your pictures they are wonderful....the beautiful sunrise, the drum dancers, your budding songstress, the "drain cleaners". Makes me wish I'd been there. Would you adopt me? Wait, aren't I your twin?

  5. Only you guys would play full contact croquet!

    We love the Columbia Zoo, it was fun feeding the giraffes and seeing my distant relatives in the monkey cages... ;c)

    Hope the temps warm up when we arrive in Columbia (Irmo) on the first. This cold weather is getting old. :c(

  6. Since I've been following your blog for a few years now, I can really see how much the kids have grown up. Great looking Thanksgiving spread!

  7. Lots of fun and lots of good exercise -- an added bonus!

  8. Looks like lots of fun! We really enjoyed the Columbia Zoo . . . those black apes were REALLY active when we were there - hootin' & hollerin', and making all kinds of racket!