~ Good ole Roanoke! I headed home first. I enjoy going home to Roanoke, because I get to see my awesome parents and stroll around the cute downtown area. The weekend I was home the Local Colors Festival was going on. There's is a fabulous small outdoor arena that was just redone. There is a great stage and seating for hundreds of people. The Local Colors festival highlights the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Roanoke area. I was able to sit down with my fabulous friend Jessica (she blogs over at Just Rainbows & Butterflies) and we watched some fun dancing to some pretty great music.
~ I also love the market place. There is fresh fruit/veggies for sale from local farmers and flowers and pottery and so much else! Every time I'm in Roanoke I try to visit the Star. It's the largest man made star in the world. In the evening it lights up and it's fantastic! I love it.
~ After stopping in Roanoke, I headed down the the Atlanta area to visit some friends. My first stop was my lovely dear friend Stephanie and her two little boys. Steph and I hadn't seen each other in almost 2 years!!!! Since then she's had her second little boy, Vince. I arrived with toys for the boys and flowers for mommie. I brought the boys shovels (Vince is loving one of them in the pic below), buckets and squirt guns for bath time. Steph tried to teach Frankie Jr how to use the squirt gun, but he didn't quite get the concept. There was a HUGE accomplishment while visiting them ~ Vince crawled for the first time :) :) :) it was fabulous.
~ I then headed to meet some lovely ladies that I've known since I was 10 years old. Janice and her daughter Lauren took me out to dinner and hosted me for a night. It was lovely to catch up (Lauren's engaged!!!!!) before heading to the Georgia Aquarium.
Vacation was pretty good. Roanoke, World of Coca-Cola, great friends and Momma-Daughter Time. How can that be bad? :) I will say that as much fun as I had, it's good to be back in my own bed in my lovely apartment. My next vacation will be on a boat or a beach or both! No more driving for me :)