Posted by: A Mom w/Fears | February 24, 2009

Pictures and Q&A

Just a quick post to say KK and I made it back safe and sound
(at midnight Sunday night) from Atlanta,
and South Carolina to see GI Jane (KK’s daughter)
graduate from boot camp. 


We had a wonderful trip, five days of “Big-Girl-Mom Vacation”, something neither of us have ever had, nor had we been to the South!!   Last night I finished getting our last few days of pictures posted.   (I don’t know how I’m going to scrapbook them all!??!!)


You can see them HERE.


You’ll see pictures of us at:

·         The Blue Willow Inn, on our way to SC, it’s in Social Circle, GA   (Good ole, southern cookin!)

Our first SWEET TEA experience!

·         Burger King, that was if you can believe it…OUT OF STRAWS!!!!  I took a picture of the sign!

·         Fort Jackson (the largest “Basic Training” military base) on Family day, and also Graduation Day.

Museum pictures too!   

·         At the Waffle House (we need those here in Idaho!!!) YUM!

·         At Applebee’s (we had the best dessert, Maple Butter Blondie…)

·         At a painted building downtown in Columbia called “Tunnel Vision

·         Some of our drive from SC to GA, the trees down the middle of the interstate, very cool!

·         At the 1810 Country Inn and Winery, in Thomson, Georgia (that has been closed for over a year, but the people who bought it gave us a tour.  It’s now owned by a pastor of a Church called the Vine….oh what a story behind this one!)

·         At the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA (we saw a Monk, and got to go inside the Abbey, and the gift shop)

·         Pictures from our balcony in Atlanta 21 story’s up, and all over in the Hotel  (at Dinner, the different levels, the elevator area, the cool elevators) – we got such a great deal to stay here…but it’s not always greener on the other side.  LOL

·         The Georgia Aquarium

·         And a few pictures of downtown Atlanta, as well as the airport.


We had so much fun, and it was such a joy to see GI Jane graduate.  She is an amazing and beautiful young lady.   She’s in Texas now (She left Saturday morning) at Advanced Individual Training (Medic and Flight School).   Please keep her in your prayers!


I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to blog all the stuff I want to about our trip, so if you have any questions, or want to know about something specific…holler!  It will help me get it all out!   Here’s the first batch from my sweet friend Leslie at Got Kids Need Valium my answers are in blue.

 *** Q and A ***

Out of straws?? Yes, the idiots…how do you be out of straws, why can’t you have someone run to walmart and buy some?  What recall??  I think someone’s covering their butt to be honest…recall?…everyone else had straws!


What’s the butt pic about? Lol  GI Jane was talkin about how all the workouts and marching and pushups etc, finally gave her the butt she never had…and it’s cute! 

Mmmmm bbq, looks good! How old is the new private? She’ll be 20 in May What is she called? She is Private First Class, and a “Soldier”  Army is Soldier.   Navy is Seaman, Marines is Marine)  I know air force peeps are airmen. 


That museum looks really cool. Even though it was small it was definitely cool!   


Ooh, love the pic in front of the tank. Fun huh?

Eddie viewed these with me, he wants the tank. I’m right on that.  If you get him one, you have to get me one! 



Ok, those were some old houses. The houses on the property were slave quarters, now turned into guest houses, since it was a Bed and Breakfast up until he bought it.


And wild looking tree, ah!  The tree has a story behind it, it’s at the Vineyard that is now owned by the Church Pastor.   His mom had a vision of that tree 13 years ago.  She had prints made of the vision, and t-shirts and everything.  Called it the Tree of Life.   With the fence and the opening and everything…and he showed us the picture on his phone she texted him, while he was standing there looking at it.    When we saw it, it was the first time she had seen it too….his parents had just arrived from Jacksonville FL – He took the time to tour us, when his parents had just gotten there, and he invited us to stay the night in one of the little guest houses…for free!  We didn’t, I’d already paid for the hotel in Atlanta.   AND he gave me a PRICELESS (because it’s not made anymore) bottle of wine!!!!! GAVE!!!!!! 


The church one you emailed me.  That was the Monastery it was fun, just different.  Almost eerie.  Very hard to  explain.  Roman Catholic, pretty…but sorta secretive eerie.    Very peaceful other than that.  


How many army peeps graduated?? 1029 or something very close.   (In the auditorium) formation looks tight. They had to do the graduations in groups.  Originally it was supposed to be outside with everyone, marching, cannons (I think) etc.   However it was a very cold windy morning, and they decided that 24 minutes was too long to be outside for us civilians…so it was a cluster to be honest.   Alpha and Bravo first, then Charlie and GI Jane in the Auditorium)   


That wall painting is cool (tunnel vision) I’m so glad we got to go see it.   It wasn’t anything spectacular, just something different! 


Who was driving and taking pics? KK was driving, 99% of the time.   I don’t do well in unfamiliar areas.  And she made fun of me, cuz I drove us out of the airport for about 12 miles…and drove like I was from the sticks.  She said “girlfriend, you gotta learn to drive like you’re from here because if you don’t, you’re going to get run over”…   So I mostly took the pictures, after that first 12 miles.


Cool hotel. The hotel was amazing!!!!   Did u eat at the restaurant with the big aquarium? Yes, and my hamburger was $15 and my Pomegranate Martini was $12.   Our total bill for 2 people with one drink (each), and an ice tea…two salads, a chicken sandwich and a burger…  $77 – OMG!  


I love your hair. Really.  Thank you.   I am finally getting used to it, but it’s starting to fade, and not into the bright pretty pink it was supposed to be…it’s almost an orange.  😦 And the gray, oh the gray is shining through on top.   I noticed it in the funky hotel bathroom lights.   My hair gal is off on Maternity leave…so I’m essentially screwed.  But thank you.  🙂


The Georgia Aquarium must have been nice. I love seeing all the sea life. Tampa has a really nice aquarium too.  It was nice.  I have been to the San Francisco one as well, and for whatever reason, though this one was fun…I wasn’t AS impressed as I thought I would be, and it’s supposed to be the biggest one.


Oooh jelly fish! (Speaking of which, my Hubby got stung by a jellyfish when he took one of his trips) ouch.   Oh my gosh!  How can something so beautiful be so mean?????  


That license plate suitcase is neat. (Kinda cheesy but hey…it was something I’d never seen!)  Oooh subway… I’ve ridden that one there! We are such losers….when we first arrived in Atlanta we didn’t take the tram thing to our luggage, we walked about ½ way to the baggage claim, and then realized we should have taken the tram….so we finally got on!   Then heading home it was the first thing we did!  Lesson learned!J  I wish everyone could have gone with me!!!!


Oh, I am so glad you guys had a good time. And even more happy that you are home safe. What a cool trip! Thanks so much for sharing these with me.  Thanks for letting me.


—-Thanks Leslie for the fun questions and comments! 🙂 

You’re next!!!!!  Ask Away! 




  1. Steph I just want to say here on your blog how thankful I am to have such a wonderful girlfriend to travel all that way to see my little GI JANE graduate bootcamp and of course have NO FUN AT ALL….hahaha!!!

    I had a wonderful time and am so glad that you were able to share that great experience with me. The only thing I can say about the days we spent on base is that it was awe-inspiring to see so many young soldiers all in formation marching and saying their “cadences”.

    I am so proud to be able to say that GI JANE is my baby girl and for whatever reason God gave her the strength and courage to do something I would never have been able to do at her age.

    God also gave me Steph who has been in my life since hmmmmm lets see we had to of been around 14??? Anyway we have known eachother forever and she is GI JANES “other mom” 🙂

    Thanks again Steph it means the world to me that you went with me I had so much fun and will have those memories with me FOREVER!!!

    Love ya lady!!!!

    The BFF 🙂


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