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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Lake Lanier Islands

Now we are entering the Christmas Season - the best season of all. Did you know that is how snow cones are made?

Okay - let's start the trip. On Saturday night we did an impromptu drive to Lake Lanier Islands in Buford, GA. About an hour from where I live. The cost was $50 - we divided between 3 people - so not too bad.

Enjoy the World’s Largest Light Extravaganza: Magical Nights of Lights -




Marshmallows lit on fire.

My little grandson thinking of what he could do next!

He could open the sun roof and stand up and look out. Chatty on left. Renea on the right.

I think he's so cute.

And of course they had a large store with tons of ornaments and decorations for Christmas. They had an entire UGA store and if I hadn't inundated my son's home already I would have gotten him something - oh well. Here is a red tree.

A white tree.

Here is Andy and Renea roasting marshmallows. Andy LOVED that.

Touching it to make sure it's not too hot to eat.

This is nobody - just wanted to show you that this was November 28, 2009 - and the weather was in the 50's - so some people were in shorts and some in coats - depending on your nature I guess.

Kelly and Andy going to the maze.

Renea and Andy on the Wizzard. It goes up and down and forward and backwards. I used to be able to ride these kinds of rides - but as I got older - I suppose I could, but I'd rather not.

The Ferris Wheel - they had a full fledged amusement park - extra money of course.

View from on top of the Ferris wheel - I went with Andy.
So we really had a great time - especially Andy and he feel asleep on the way home and we just put him to bed. A great ending! Andy I wonder if you will remember this when you grow up? You were so happy.

Happy Birthday Richard Pryor from Wikipedia -

Pryor was married seven times to five different women:

Patricia Price (1960–1961) (divorced) with 1 child named Richard Pryor, Jr.
Shelly Bonus (1967–1969) (divorced) with 1 child named Rain Pryor
Deborah McGuire (September 22, 1977 – 1979) (divorced)
Jennifer Lee (August 1978 – October 1982) (divorced)
Flynn Belaine (October 1986 – July 1987) (divorced) with 1 child
Flynn Belaine (1 April 1990 - July 1991) (divorced) with 1 child
Jennifer Lee (29 June 2001 – 10 December 2005) (his death)

His marriages were characterized by accusations of domestic violence and spousal abuse, except for his relationship with Belaine. Most of these allegations were connected to Pryor's drug use. The exception was Patricia Price who was married to Pryor before his rise to stardom. Deborah McGuire accused him of shooting her car with a .357 Magnum, but later dropped the charges (even though Pryor mentioned the incident in Live in Concert). Lee accused him of beating and attempting to strangle her during their first marriage[citation needed], and did not share his home after they remarried. During his relationship with Pam Grier, Pryor proposed to Deborah McGuire (1977).

He had six children: Richard Jr., Elizabeth, Rain, Steven, Franklin and Kelsey.

His wife at the time of his death was quoted as saying, "He died with a smile upon his face." "




Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

I always wondered how those snow cones were made...LOL. What a fun outing with all the lights. The Bronx Zoo in NYC does something similar. I haven't been in a few years but your post may have inspired me to go again. For some reason every time we went it was freezing weather!

Thena said...

Your more brave than I am. No ferris wheels for this girl. I remember going camping with my cousins at Lake Lanier about 30 years ago. WOW!! I'm sure it has changed alot. lol We've moved close to Statesboro two years ago and I told my husband the other night we keep saying it but we have got to go to Guido Gardens in Metter for the Christmas lights. They are also suppose to be awesome. But that would take you more than an hour to drive. lol

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Chatty it looks like y'all had such a great time...I really need to get DH well so we can make that trip this year...we also want to go to Canton, MS they have a beautiful Seasons of Lights show.
I wanted to drop by and let you know you won the drawing..if you will send me your mailing address I'll get them in the mail to you. Hope you enjoy them or they could make a great gift for someone on your list.

A Lil Enchanted said...

Looks like you all had a great time! I would love to visit Rock City this year but I'm not sure if we'll get to or not... this is absolutely the best time of year to visit there... it's sooo beautiful with all of the Christmas lights. Never been to Lake Lenier... looks like a fun place to visit.

A Lil Enchanted,

ClassyChassy said...

Congrats to you for winning the drawing at Molly's!!! How cool is THAT!?!?!

Joyce said...

Looks like everyone had a nice time. I had no idea that they had Christmas decos and rides up there now. Richard Pryor had more wives then King Henry 8th!

That corgi :) said...

looks like a fun place to visit! I always like lighted displays like that; so very creative! looks like everyone had a good time too! you are brave for getting on the ferris wheel :)


Stella said...

What pretty lights and I really liked the red tree. Our temp. today was 65 sure doesn't feel like winter here either. Thanks for sharing your little outing.

Angela said...

Hey Chatty!

That really looked like a lot of fun! There is a Christmas light display in the City Park in St. Albans, West Virginia that is just so beautiful. It is operated through donations. You can either donate a can of food or a dollar or two or you don't have to donate anything to drive through to see all of the light displays. They have Santa there too! No stores though or amusement park theme rides. No where to put those.

If I did my math right Richard Proyer was only married for 15 years total if you add up the 1 + 1 + 2 + 1 you get where I'm going with that!

Now, I don't know if I'll be able to look at a snow cone without seeing that cartoon in my mind! lol

^..^Corgidogmama said...

You crazy nut! What a fun post. Hey, you won Molly's giveaway? Cool beans!
What a delightful time you all had on your recent outing. There are so many cool things to do around your area. Wonder why Richard Pryor kept remarrying a couple of his gals? it ever better when you go back? Don't think so.
Your blog is so fun to visit.

Sue said...

Andy is so adorable...ofcourse he will remember what a fun time he had...he'll have your blog to jog his need to have it put into a book like mine and give it to him when he's big...I havenever been to Lake Lanier but it looks like fun especially the ferris wheel....

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hello Mrs Chatty Claus. But of course he will remember this day. Beautiful pictures! (I won't tell Santa, but I don't think you need a new camera-- you already do fabulous work.) That really looks like a great place to start the Christmas season.

Thanks for your nice comments on my blog -- hope you enjoy the cranberry sauce.

Rina ... also Chester or Daisysmum. said...

Wow, you really had a nice time, looks like a wonderful fair. Love your grandson in his santa hat.
Why don't we have nice stores like UGA, got to put in an complaint to Santa.
BTW I love your Xmas background for the blog.