Archive for August, 2013


Packing Race: Son #3 vs. Son #4

Sons #3-4 were feeling left out of things here on the blog after Sons #1-2 wrote a post recently, so we wanted to give them a chance to shine. Here they are competing for the title of House Packing Champion before our recent overnight trip to Fort Mims.   I don’t know if it was […]

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Do You Budget Extra When There’s a Casino on Your Route?

It’s not often that you get to witness observances for the bicentennial of an important event, but this weekend we have an opportunity to do just that at Fort Mims, AL, where on August 30, 1813, Red Stick Indians killed 250 settlers, kicking off the Red Stick War. We decided to take an overnight trip […]

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A Weekend in Downtown Music City

Where: Nashville, TN Who: Jason and Vickie When: August 22-24, 2013 I don’t suppose many people get treated to a weekend getaway by their insurance agent, but that’s essentially what happened to us last weekend. Thanks to the generosity of Rebecca Rice, we enjoyed great food and greater conversation over three days in Nashville. Our […]

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The Kids’ View: Horseshoe Bend

[Today we introduce the Kids Corner category of our website. Here you will find our children’s observations on our travels, their homeschool activities, and life in general. In this post, Son #1 (age 10) and Son #2 (age 8) share their recollections of last weekend’s trip to Horseshoe Bend. Please note that although the posts below […]

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This Place Made Andrew Jackson Famous

Where: Horseshoe Bend National Military Park Who: The Whole Clan When: August 17, 2013 When you get the rare pleasant day during an Alabama August, it’s hard to resist going on a spur-of-the-moment day trip. With cloudy skies and temperatures in the 70s last Saturday, we decided to take a drive to Horseshoe Bend, about […]

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The World’s Largest Mosaic Floor

Where: Butrint, Albania Who: Oma and Opa When: August 4, 2013 [Today’s guest post is by Jason’s father, Dr. Fred Jewell a.k.a. “Opa” at our house. Fred and his wife, Alice, are spending a month in Albania teaching English using the Bible. As you will read below, they have also found a little time to […]

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The Largest Cast Iron Statue in the World

Where: Statue of Vulcan (Birmingham, AL) Who: The Whole Clan When: March 17, 2013 Nothing says “Irish” like a giant statue of a Roman god, so on St. Patrick’s Day we visited the Vulcan Park and Museum in Birmingham. I had seen the statue from I-65 dozens of times over the years, but this was […]

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Oak Mountain State Park: The Trails

Where: Oak Mountain State Park (Pelham, AL) Who: The Whole Clan When: March 15-18, 2013 Oak Mountain State Park is a big place. According to the official website, it covers nearly 10,000 acres. It also contains about 50 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. People from all over Alabama go to the park to […]

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