We traded dads for Father’s Day

We had sort of an odd Father’s Day. Rockford spent the day with my dad, my brother and my brother’s father-in-law at the US Open, and the kids and I had dinner with Rockford’s parents, his sister and our two nieces. It was a nice day, but it definitely wasn’t our standard FD celebration. So we’re going to be extending our celebration to today, with Rockford and my dad.

Monday: Chicken piccata
Rockford loves lemony chicken, and this Giada recipe is excellent. The last time I made it I dumped my bowl of fresh-squeezed lemon juice all over the floor and had to use the bottled stuff. I’m going to try to be more graceful tonight.

Tuesday: Cheeseburgers
Pete is leaving for a Big Adventure with my dad on Wednesday, so we’re making his favorite meal tomorrow night. He’s going to have a blast, but I’m going to miss that kid like crazy.

Wednesday: Spaghetti
It’s easy, and I’m going to be tired from all of the crying I’m going to be doing when Pete and my dad drive away.

Thursday: ?
I’m going out for the evening, so Rockford is in charge of dinner.

Friday: Pizza
We’ll probably DIY it this week.

Did you do anything special for Father’s Day?

I’m linking this up with OrgJunkie.com’s weekly Menu Plan Monday thing.

Three fun places near Savannah to visit with your kids

Rockford had a work trip to Savannah GA this week, and we decided at the last minute that we should all go along. We’d never been to Savannah before, and the kids and I loved it. We saw a baby dolphin, I ate every praline sample the candy store offered me, we went to the beach, and the kids became Junior Park Rangers.

It was a great trip.

Savannah 2014

Dolphin tour on the Savannah River

At $30 for adults and $15 for kids, the Dolphin Magic tour was a big splurge for us. Poppy and I really enjoyed the boat ride; Pete was pretty crabby the whole time. We saw a good number of dolphins, including a baby who was zipping along with two big guys, but I do wish we’d nabbed better seats. Ours were right behind a column. That didn’t impede our view of the dolphins, since the captain stopped the boat and everyone moved around to find the best vantage point, but it did shield us from the breeze while we were moving. If we did the tour again, I’d try to get a seat in the front of the boat.

Beach walk at Tybee Island

We did a beach walk with a guide from the Tybee Island Marine Science Center. I learned a few things about all the critters that live and/or wash up on the beach, and I think the kids did, too. Pete’s favorite part was learning how to squirt water at someone with a tunicate. It was sort of hard for Pete and Poppy to concentrate with all of the beach-goers building sandcastles and skim boarding and having fun beach time. They definitely had more fun when we went back to the beach later without an educational agenda.

Exploring Fort Pulaski

Fort Pulaski is a Civil War-era fort located between Tybee Island and Savannah, and it was well worth the $5 it cost us to get in. Following the advice of the guy at the front gate, we picked up a couple of Junior Ranger activity books at the visitors center before we crossed the moat via a drawbridge to check out the fort. They were really informative and well-written, and they gave the kids something to focus on at each part of the fort. Pete was especially taken with Fort Pulaski. He wanted to check out every nook and cranny, including the tunnels under the man-made hills in front of the fort.

The kids learned a little about the Civil War, which we haven’t covered yet, and I learned that Fort Pulaski would be a great place to be in the event of a zombie apocalypse. (Did I mention the drawbridge? And moat? It’s perfect.)

We took the kids’ schoolwork along with us to Savannah, and they worked every day we were there. Saturday and Sunday included! Which meant that today was our last day of school! They celebrated by having sweet rolls for breakfast and bursting through a paper banner Kool Aid man style. As one does.

If you’re looking for a good book to read at the beach …

"Aloha Also Means Goodbye"I’m sure we’ve all met a number of people who say someday they’d like to write a book. I am one of those people, in fact. But I’m guessing the number of people who actually do write a book is only a small percentage of those who are dreaming about doing it.

The difference between the authors and the dreams? The authors are actually writing and not just thinking about it.

I met Jessica Rosenberg a few years ago at a social media conference, and we talked a little bit about the book she was writing. Actually writing; not just thinking about writing. And she kept at it and kept at it until she finished. And then what did she do? She published it!

And so I read it! In all honesty, though, I probably wouldn’t have picked “Aloha Also Means Goodbye” up if I didn’t know the author because it’s filed under “romance” and I don’t generally read romance novels. The book is definitely heavy on the lovey-dovey stuff, but with the secondary plots that explore relationships between friends and family members and coming to terms with one’s individual issues, there’s enough going on to hold a non-romance reader’s attention.

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

Jo and Jordan tied the knot five years ago in a mud hut in the middle of Zambia far from all their friends and family. Now they’re in Hawaii for a big wedding vow renewal ceremony elaborately planned by Jo’s mother. There’s just one small issue, something’s wrong with the wedding license issued in Africa and only Jo knows that she wasn’t legally married in Zambia. Enter her old flame, the man she was running from when she met Jordan. He’s on the island and with his two kids, both of whom are named after her. Coming face to face with her past, just as she’s trying to brave her future, forces Jo to make some big decisions. It might even force her to grow up. Luckily she doesn’t have to do any of it on her own; her two best friends are there to hold her hand and help her down the right path. But what path will she choose?

Want to read it? “Aloha Also Means Goodbye” is available at Amazon. And it’s also available right here, because I have a copy to give away! Fill out the ol’ Rafflecopter to enter. Good luck!

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