So, after our awesome Scrubs party and a night at April and Greg's (with a delicious breakfast cooked by April on that Saturday morning), we headed to Dothan around noon on Saturday. The drive is about 3 hours. We made good time. Lynnaea did pretty well for the most part, but started melting down inconsolably around Midland City. So we stopped at Publix to pick up some groceries and allow her a little break from the car.
We attended church with Dothan 2nd Ward and were able to see many friends and acquaintances. It was nice to be back there -- though much has changed over the years (people, is what I mean... Lots of faces I didn't recognize). But I guess that happens as life moves forward for everyone.
On Monday, we met up with my dear friend Stacy and her cute son for some pictures at the Botanical Gardens. Just a few quick shots. And a chance for Lynnaea to run around outside and drink the water out of the fountain. Gross. She's still alive, so I assume she either didn't drink enough to catch anything, or it was better than it looked. (I swear, it amazes me children ever survive to adulthood!) Naturally it ended up being a warmish, muggy day, so my choice of sweater was not the best... We continued our visit with Stacy at Panera Bread. Over some delicious mac and cheese. Fortunately, they have Panera bread locally here... Because I have a sudden hankering for that mac and cheese.
Wednesday was a nice day, and Lynnaea and enjoyed the must-have-when-in-Dothan roast beef sub from Italian Express! We met up with Kristin there. Oh my goodness. My only complaint is that, like with everywhere else, the serving is getting smaller. But oh what delicious goodness it is while I devour it. With gravy on the sandwich and on the side, of course ;). Afterwards, we went by the new public library. And the ever-awesome Kristin checked out books for us on her card so that Lynnaea could have new books to read for a few days (not just the same boring 2 we brought from Washington...). Lynnaea loved visiting the new library and it's awesome Children's Section. She loved being able to play on the computer. And we also got to visit with my former boss Bettye and Charlotte with whom I also worked. Pretty much everyone else is new, though. So many changes. Including the fact that there is now no building where there was once a massive library. No more page rec room.
Thursday was Thanksgiving. We were just having a small dinner at my dad's. I went down and visited Julie and her family during the day and was invited to eat Thanksgiving with them (they ate mid-day). It was wonderful to see her dad and brother again. We had a great time visiting and sharing what we are grateful for. Julie's family will always have a special place in my heart for a number of reasons. I'm grateful for them. At my dad's house, I was in charge of the cooking. And the turkey breast took longer than anticipated. I was annoyed a bit. But we got through it.
Friday was a mellow-ish day. It was a nice day outside too. So Lynnaea and I took a walk down my dad's street. It's beautiful in Alabama at this time of year when I go. It's why I always choose to go at this time ;).
Saturday arrived, and it was time to get ready to head out. Back to Birmingham. Before going, though, my dad, Lynnaea, and I went out to visit the grave of my grandparents.