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Diapies, Drive Ins, and The Lure of Antebellum

Saturday, June 02, 2007

This weekend, Av and I attended our hospital's class on labor, delivery, and newborn care.

We got to take a tour of the birthing suites, and they are so nice! It was really fun to see how each family decorated the door to their birthing suite, too. There were some bows that were bigger than Av, and there were several feather wreaths too. The instructions from when I made one of those is here - and people hang all kinds of ribbons and pacifiers and just about every other kind of sweet baby toy on them, too! Lots of fun.

Probably the funniest part of the class was when we got to play with our baby dolls -
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...this is Av changing his first diapie!

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This evening, we went to the drive-in (there are three great websites to find local drive-ins: here, here, and here) to see Shrek 3. We went in my Volvo, so we parked in the front row so we didn't have to look around all the Lincoln Navigators and Ford Excursions and...a few of what could almost be monster trucks! It's a very interesting collection of people that go to our drive-in...
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We brought our fold-out football chairs and sat outside - oh, it was so nice - about 74* outside. What was funny was that the man in the car next to us fell asleep and we heard him snore (and I *do* mean snore!) through the whole last half of the movie!

Before the show, I took a pic of this big green heron - see him in the top of the tree?
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I've been reading the comments section on that NY Times Frugal Traveler series they're doing right now (I posted about it on Wednesday). Some of the comments and suggestions are really good.

Here's one that makes me want to make friends with these people in South Dakota:

"You are invited to stay (free) at our little house on the prairie south of Dallas, SD. You will have to suffer pure air and the sounds of nature. You will hear, if the wind is right, truck tires humm on the highway five miles away and an occasional tractor working the land. The store in town has the best beef in the world. Our freezer has halibut and salmon caught with our own hands and quick frozen in Alaska. The freezer is loaded with pheasant shot on our farm. My wife makes great Cuban fish stew. The cabin has, of course, high speed internet service, Direct TV with the sports packages, New York Times Crossword online, and other urban necessities. The cabin library is a little heavy on natural history and physics. One favorite of the family is a collection of one hundred year old bound Harpers. Great descriptive writing in an era without photos only words to convey images. If you want to truly relax for a couple days in the rural midwest, you are invited.

It is a textbook high plains area. The population is dwindling and growing older. Yet underneath the stats, a vitality exists cemented by a love of land. A New Yorker should know that in the United States you can sit on the porch at night stare at the dark sky and think big thoughts."

...and I love this post about the writer giving up his career in NY to come to Alabama...
"...fried chicken at Mustang Oil in Greensboro. From there you can check out Sam Mockbee’s Rural Studio, fall in love with an aging antebellum home, decide to buy it for an incredibly low price, launch a renovation project and scrap this whole cross country thing to become a southerner. Enjoy."
When Av and I were very first married, we somehow got the idea that renovating an antebellum home would make a nice project - and a great country home for when we started having children. This was several years ago before I left my job to come work at Av's office (for free!). I can't find a picture of it now, but the house we looked at was in Uniontown, Alabama (part of the Black Belt), and it was antebellum and beautiful and huge and sooooo reasonable. It was one of those houses that even in the condition it was in, would sell for ~$500k where we live. It needed a lot of work. A LOT of work...so we decided to pass. But for the couple of weeks that we talked about it, it was *so much fun* to dream about.

The realtor that helped us consider it was with Bill Mackey Real Estate, and when I looked at their website just now, they have some gorgeous old homes for sale right now in the same general area of the state. This house was built in 1819 and is 5000+ sq ft. This one is from 1848 and has some lovely columns. I'm in love with the foyer of this 1845 home with Victorian features added in 1890 - plus, it's named "Twin Magnolias".

Twin Magnolias, y'all. Oh yes. Love it.

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