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Earlier this month we visited a museum in an adjacent town. I have been wanting to visit for years, but it has never happened. So, when I heard on the radio that they were doing a Follow the Shepherds Walk and that Don would be off, we made plans.

The Explorations in Antiquity Center is a living museum of life in ancient times. They have archeological replicas of ancient biblical life.

The Shepherds Walk was a tour through the events of the Nativity. I have a few pictures, but my camera died on me. My extra battery too. I might not have charged them long enough or else we need new batteries because the charge didn't hold very long.

Antiquity MuseumOur guide took us through Bethlehem and went into a little history as to why Joseph and Mary ended up there. It was interesting to note that she said Mary most likely walked. I hadn't heard that before. Even if Joseph couldn't afford a donkey, maybe someone else could have. I am so use to imagining Mary on a donkey, that it is hard to see it any other way.

Antiquity Museum

 Antiquity MuseumA replica of a manger which was hewn out of a stone wall in a cave.

 Antiquity MuseumThis stable was really small and we were told that it was more than likely there were no animals in the stable when Jesus was born. The guide also noted how the stable was the perfect place for a newborn to be born because of the temperature inside the cave.

She said that Joseph's relative's home(s) were most likely filled with relatives. Being such that it wouldn't have been an ideal place for Mary to give birth. Also after giving birth she would be unclean for 30 days (I think she said 30 days) and anyone near her during the birthing would also be unclean, so having Jesus in an isolated place was more convenient. I know I wouldn't have wanted to have a child in front of all Don's relatives. 😉

Antiquity Museum

Antiquity MuseumThese are the wine presses.

Antiquity Museum

An altar

Antiquity MuseumThe olive press. This was interesting. I didn't realize how long the olives had to be pressed before use. It makes me wonder how much they got at a time or if they had multiple olive presses going at once in rotation.

Antiquity MuseumThis wasn't part of the tour, but after the guided tour we were able to look around. This is the tomb.

Antiquity Museum

Antiquity Museum

Antiquity MuseumIt was a pretty neat place. They also do digs for kids and have a Biblical meal where you partake of a meal from the time of Jesus.

So, if you are ever in West Central Georgia, you will want to look this place up.

Merry Christmas,
cynthia

The Annual Rodeo

This year we made it to the annual rodeo here in town. We missed it last year, so when we saw the signs going up around town, we decided to go to a rodeo.

None of us has ever been, so this was a treat. We enjoyed it very much and plan on going back next year.

I guess I don't know my camera as good as I thought, because the pictures at night came out real dark. I tried it with and without the flash. Obviously, it is time to read the owners manual. Seeming to work better, I opted for video. It is still grainy and you can see the lights reflection, but they are much better than the pictures.

So, between this year and next, I am going to learn how to use the camera and/or take the camcorder.

Here are a few videos from the rodeo.

 

 

 

I have been wanting to walk through a corn maze for years...and we finally did it. Yay! I have also wanted to take the kids to a real pumpkin patch...and we finally did it!!

On Friday, we all went to Uncle Bob's Farm. We got to enjoy the animals, the corn maze, a hay ride and more. We had a blast.

Corn Maze

The first thing we did was go through the corn maze. Another farm had it where you can go through it at night, but admission was $7 more per person. Maybe next year. This was still fun.

Corn MazeAren't the corn stalks pretty?

The kids ready to enter the maze.

Corn MazeThe entrance.

Corn MazeAnd they are off!!

Corn Maze  Corn MazeFinding an ear of corn on a stalk. Most were harvested.

Corn MazeA fork in the road...which way should I go?

Corn MazeIt was fun going through the corn maze.

Animals

I didn't take many pictures of the animals. But they had the regular animals you would find at any petting zoo. I really liked the flop-eared rabbits! It has been a looong while since I had a rabbit. I still want to get one, one of these days.

They had horses, which MaryEllen liked. Dumb me, I was too busy looking that I only snapped one horse. Later, when we were looking at the pictures, she asked if that was all I took of the horses. 🙁

Bees

They had bee hives with lots of working bees. The girl who was in charge of the exhibit was a homeschooled Senior. The kids got to see samples of their hives and watch them work. If you put your ear up to the display, you can hear all the business going on inside.

The neat thing is that the display had an exit where the bees could go out and do their thing, but they always come back to their home.

Oh, it was cute, while we were there, another family came in with little kids. One boy asks, 'Where is the Queen?' After looking for a second or two, he asks, 'Does she wear a crown?' LOL!!

Before we left for the day, we bought a jar of their honey...yummy!

Pottery

There was a gentleman who makes pottery on the premises too. He was kind enough to give us a demonstration and a little history.

Pottery Making

Hay Ride

They had a tractor pulled hay ride around the farm. The kids enjoyed this and wanted to go again. 🙂 I had an odd spot on the back, that I couldn't get any pictures. I was sitting too close to the kids. The bed was full of people and I didn't want to get anyone else either. I try to be considerate in that way...not sure if others appreciate strangers taking pictures of them. I hope they give us the same courtesy. 🙂

Picking Pumpkins

When we were about ready to leave, the kids picked a few pumpkins. We picked one large one to carve and a few for baking.

We also bought some of their pumpkin butter with honey. Sounds yummy!

Pumpkins

Pumpkins

Other Things To Do

They also have puppet shows, corn gun, and other educational stuff for schools and groups who come to visit.

Overall, we had a fun time at the farm.

Happy Fall!!

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The Oak 90.9fm

Our local radio station was having a share-a-thon all week. On the last day, they have a huge garage sale with fun things for the kids to do. Last fall, they mentioned that you could tour the radio station. The kids and I wanted to go, but were unable to because of Don's work schedule.

We were excited when we found out that Don's days off were changed this week only and that one fell on the day of the garage sale. 🙂

So, Saturday, we headed for the church. The first thing we asked was if we could tour the radio station. They were happy to accommodate us.

We listen to The Oak everyday and especially like the music from 4-6 when the Preacherman is on. We were hoping to meet him, but he was not there. We did get to meet a few others that we hear regularly. 🙂

We also got to sit in while they announced the winner of an Ipad they were giving away. They are listener supported, so everyone who gave during the share-a-thon was automatically entered. We got to be the official witnesses that 'no funny business is going on at WOAK.' We also got to shout a congratulations message to the winner!!

They invited the kids back to be announcers to their kid show they run on Saturday. MaryEllen and Donnie are a little shy to be on radio, so we will see if they do it. I think it would be fun!

I guess I was too excited, that I forgot to take pictures. Don was chatting with one of the guys, so he too didn't think about pictures. But, you can visit them at http://www.woak.com. You can hear them via the internet too.

Happy Listening,

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Callaway Garden's was free for the months of January and February. We decided to go for MaryEllen's birthday.

We have never been there, but have wanted to check it out. We are glad we did. It is a HUGE place and we hope to go back in the spring or summer when more of the flowers and trees are in bloom.

What we did see was wonderful and pretty. The butterfly garden was really neat. They even had a place where you can witness butterflies emerging from their chrysalis'.

The kids enjoyed looking through an old pioneer cabin that was built around 1830. It was cold in there, made me wonder how they made it through winter. I know the fire place would have been running, but it still caught me off guard.

Here are some picture that I took.

Here are the emerging butterfly chrysalises. We actually got to see a few emerge. There are also moths, which are there for you to see the differences. They had a nice 20 minute or so talk on butterflies and moths. They passed around specimens. It was fun and interesting.

It was SO hot in the butterfly garden. It was 84 degrees with up to 80% humidity. Yip, felt like a Georgia summer. 🙂

Blessings,

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We had a great time apple picking on Monday!

We did our usual visit to grandma's place on Sunday and from there we made the last hour and a half trip to North Georgia. We stayed the night and the next morning we headed to the orchard.

The weather has been dropping here in Northwest GA, mostly at night. The weather farther north, about 2 1/2 hours, was even cooler. And I forgot my jacket! So, in the morning we headed to Walmart where I bought me a simple jacket. The kids were needing new jackets too, so we got Donnie one, but the Junior department didn't have anything for MaryEllen. The jacket I wanted to get her in womens (small), they only had in a cream color. I KNOW that will get dirty in no time. No way!!

We had a time finding trees with apples. Either we came a little late in the season or the orchard has been busy. We were the first customers of the day for the apple picking. We had to unlatch the gate ourselves before entering. It was fun, we had the whole orchard to ourselves.

A lot of the apples had rotten spots on them or were splitting. It took some good hunting to find good ones. It was almost like an easter egg hunt. 🙂 We all enjoyed the walk through the orchard on a cool Monday morning.

The goods! We bought three 5lb bags at $5 each. We filled them up. In this picture, the sun is in their eyes! It was either that or a washed out photo if I was facing the sun. You know, now that I think about it, I had my flash on. That might be why I would get the washed out look when I took the picture facing the sun. Hmm.

All in all, we had a great time. It was an experience that we can now say we had a part in. I would like to do it again next year. Maybe go in early to mid September instead.

Now I am looking forward to pumpkins! I am hoping we can do one of those corn mazes too. That is another thing I have been wanting to do for years now. Hopefully this year will be the year.