Spring Break is officially over for us here in the Tampa Bay area and I am tired! I’m tired of being cramped up with my boys in the back seat of my dad’s truck and I’m tired of sleeping in a bed that my body recognizes as unfamiliar. What I’ll never grow tired of though, is the peace and quiet of the country, watching my boys relax and actually enjoy each other’s company.
I’ll never grow tired of seeing my parents absolutely love their home away from home. My parents are getting older and are at the point in their lives where less is more, and being out in the country (deep in the country), makes them very happy.
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For spring break, we spent a week in a little sleepy town called Parrot located in SW Georgia. My parents call Parrot home a few weeks out of the year. There are less than 200 people who live in Parrot and as you can imagine, there’s not a lot of things to do, so we go into town a couple hours a day and browse the stores or visit my parents family/friends that live in the area.
We do try to get some “fun” time in while we are in the country. Fun time normally includes taking the boys to Chuck e Cheese at The Albany Mall.
This spring break, not only did we go to Chuck e Cheese, but we also went to the Chehaw Park and Zoo. Chehaw is absolutely amazing! Not only is it a park and zoo, but it also has a camp ground, catfish pond, and is a conservatory.
Now, let me tell you… The day we went to Chehaw it was extremely cold. It barely reached 50 degrees. With this Florida blood of mine, it felt like it was below 0 degrees (maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but it was bone chilling cold). It was our day to spend most of the day in town, so we decided to grab some food from Chick-fil-a (allergy friendly hot spot of ours) and take it with us to Chehaw. Common sense would have told us to eat our food in the car, but we decided that we would eat it in an enclosed shelter. Did I mention it was cold?? We toughed it out, ate really fast, and complained the whole time about how cold outside it was.
Just a short drive away from the park is the zoo. Looking at the outside of the zoo, you would never imagine what was behind the gates, and my mind was completely blown when we entered. Bears, alligator, meerkats, lemurs, emus, kangaroos, camels, cheetahs, ibis, ostrich, red wolves, a rhino, a petting zoo of farm animals, and snakes. I’m sure there were more animals, but you’ll have to visit the zoo to find out for yourself.
Now, let’s go back to the snakes. My son Manny is deathly afraid of snakes and it took him awhile to work up enough courage to go into where the snakes are housed. Once he got comfortable, he didn’t want to leave. He even took the picture below with his twin brother to show everyone he isn’t afraid anymore. My fear is spiders, and I couldn’t bring myself to take a picture next to one. Even if it was housed in glass case, I just couldn’t.
Check out the pictures at the end of this post for more Chehaw zoo pics!
While at my parent’s house, I used my time to develop some recipes that will be on the blog soon. Some were fails
and some passed the Grandpa test and he gave it thumbs up .
I got some really great ideas for future recipes that I will test out and my mom and I started thinking that we should sometime soon, put out a cookbook. This cookbook will be quite unique and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Speaking of my mom… Can you believe this lady got up every morning and made us all breakfast? I did bring on our trip, waffles and pancakes that we ate up before the week was over, but my mom made grits, grits casserole, eggs, biscuits, sausage, and bacon every day. I think my boys only had cereal and milk once, and that was the morning we were coming back to Florida. I could definitely get used to being cooked for everyday.
Not only was I able to developed and test some recipes and not cook breakfast every day, I was also able to do my fair share of sleeping in and relaxing. I’m a huge fan of adult coloring books, and I color in them a lot when I just need to de-brief. I forgot to bring my own from home, so I purchased a couple from Fred’s. They were a little bit pricey, but I made due and my boys enjoyed coloring in them just as much as I do. If you too like adult coloring books, check these out from Amazon (here).
The last highlight of spring break and the best highlight of our trip was getting a visit from this guy ,
Max doesn’t belong to anyone, but everyone takes care of him, including my parents when they are there. As you can see, Max is a porker. He is definitely not hurting for food. Max has been a part of our family for 11 years. He was a little puppy at the time, and he was actually the runt of his litter. Believe that? It is true. Now Max is a senior dog. He’s slowing down a lot (still eating like there is no tomorrow), but he still graces us with his presence while we are there. Max brings so much joy to my parents, especially my dad. I’m sure if it was possible, Max would come back to Florida with my parents, but Max is everyone’s dog and I’ sure someone in Parrot would miss him.
There you have it. Now, it’s back to the real world.
What did you and your family do for spring break or what are you and your family planning to do? Any summer plans? Summer is approaching and I need to start planning too!
~Lisa, Realistically Allergy Free