Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What state are we in now? (Raney Vacation 2011 - Day 6)

Ok. So I know this vacation happened over a month ago...but I have one more post!

On our final full day of vacation in Georgia, we loaded up the minivan and headed to Helen, GA. This is a small German town located in North Georgia. They have great little shops and the building are a real sight to see!

Our first stop was at Nora Mills, a local shop that grinds their own cornmeal, flour and grits. We all got some yummy treats here!




Our next stop was to see the giant model railroad at Charlemagne's Kingdom. It was absolutely unbelievable! The guy who designed this (and owns the shop and gives tours) is actually from Germany. He created a model railroad to look like small towns in Germany. It was AMAZING! The pictures do not do it justice!





To get an idea how big this model railroad actually is...look in the picture below. Do you see me holding Cohen by the mountain?


Next stop...a local toy store. The owner of Jolly Toys showed us all sorts of fun toys. Cohen really enjoyed this shop!



 Of course, after all that shopping and sightseeing, we had to stop somewhere for lunch. I got this suggestion from my Family Fun magazine. It was a great place to get a taste of German food.



Here are a few shots from around town.




We stopped off at a fudge/candy store. I don't have any pictures of that, but it was very yummy. We also stopped at a local glass blowing shop and Cohen got to see the lady in action. She's making dragonflies (I think).


Our last stop for the day was on the way home. Mrs. Katie, Cohen's teacher at school, asked Cohen to bring her back a rock from Georgia. Cohen and I are searching the creek for the perfect rock for Mrs. Katie.


Here he is pointing it out.


I'm cramming two days into one post...so bear with me. On our day of departure, it SNOWED!



By the time we made it down the mountian, there was no more snow to be found.

As mentioned before...we are learning our states, so here is the final state sign, Mississippi. So for those keeping count, Cohen has visitied Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What state are we in now? (Raney Vacation 2011 - Day ??)

Yes...I labeled this one day ?? because these pictures could have been taken any one of the days we were in Georgia.

As many of you know, Cohen has a very good friend named Stella. They go to the same church and school , they play together after school sometimes, and even some weekends they get to hang out together. So it was only fitting that we take a picture on our vacation in honor of Cohen's friend Stella.

Meet Stella....the horse.



I know what you are thinking..."how do you know the horse is named Stella?" Well we got it from her feed bucket.



Everytime we drove up the mountain to our cabin, we looked to see if Stella was outside, or if she was eating or if she would smile for the camera. The Stella we met in Georgia is beautiful, but we sure did miss our friend Stella while we were there.

Friday, April 8, 2011

What state are we in now? (Raney Vacation 2011 - Day 5)

On the fifth day of our family vacation we decided to stay in and relax.

Cohen and Nan fixed breakfast for everyone.



Nan and Pops bought Cohen a coon skin cap...something every little boy needs. Cohen enjoyed playing around our cabin in his new hat.


After a nice long nap, Cohen and I made some chocolate chip cookies. Yummy!


And had more fun wearing the coon skin cap...


We also enjoyed playing some games in the game room.



Monday, April 4, 2011

What state are we in now? (Raney Vacation 2011 - Day 4 - Part 2)

After leaving the Coca Cola Museum, we headed over to Imagine It! The Atlanta Children's Museum. Thanks to Target, the second Tuesday of each month is Free...so yes, we all got into the museum for FREE!

Cohen learned all sorts of wonderful things.

Like how to drive a bus with your feet.


And how to build sand castles.



How to milk a cow.


How to catch a fish.


What it feels like to be a fish.


Sometimes it's best to just use your hands and not the fishing pole. After this learning exercise, Cohen was covered in water.


How to climb a rope ladder (this will be a useful skill when he competes in a Warrior Dash in the future).


How it feels to be a box on a shelf.


He is learning lots of useful and practical things here...


After learning what it feels like to be a box on a shelf, he used his skills in packing and shipping boxes.


Overall it was a ton of fun. I think we spent about 4 hours at the museum. If you are in Atlanta on the second Tuesday of the month, this is a must do!