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Ok, let me tell you – Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream was a friggin blast!  I’m not going to deny that I was a bit scared going in to the first haunted house but I put on my “brave” face and acted like I wasn’t terrified! My sister halfheartedly threatened to turn away as we got toward the front of the line for the first house, but it didn’t take much for my nephew and me to convince her to join us! However, she somehow kept sandwiching herself between me and him – leaving me behind and throwing her child in front to “protect” us.

We walked through the entire house scared to turn a corner; knowing something was going to jump out at us or fall in front of us!  But laughing throughout knowing they couldn’t touch us and loving every second of it!

The best part:  they were serving beer while we waited in line! Never have I been to an amusement park that has done that!!! Ok, really that wasn’t the best part, there were a lot of great parts like riding Verbolten – which usually has a two hour wait time, but we basically walked right on!  This is an amazing ride that has an unexpected thrill!! Regardless, that was the only ride I rode because well, they were serving beer in the haunted house lines and let’s face it – beer and roller coasters don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand!

There were zombies, monsters, whatever you want to call them – hiding throughout the park and scaring people as they walked by. It was so much fun to see people’s reactions and we will definitely be making this a yearly tradition!


Saturday I spent the day watching the Gators WIN!!! My niece was so incredibly patient and I promised her I’d kick the soccer ball around with her after the game. FOR THE RECORD:  I did not want to AT ALL, but she was so patient I reminded her that I made the promise and we quickly went out front.  Her laughter made it so worth it, I was trying to wear the girl out by kicking it far into the neighbors yard, but she was thought it was the funniest thing and was dying laughing as she ran (and got her steps in) to get the ball, only for me to do the same thing when the ball was back in my possession.


Sunday was a typical day spent bellied up to the bar and loving watching football. However, it always makes for a long Monday!  The rest of the week has been pretty tame, Jackie joined me for dinner/drinks at Don’t Look Back, which was a really fun environment with pool tables, shuffleboard, a large bar and amazing food!  Once again another bar in RVA that I love!

This city knows how to do it right!

One final thing on a sad note: I have an amazing friend who is unfortunately going through a REALLY difficult time, she is fighting breast cancer which has spread to her brain and her spine 😥 She is currently going through treatment. Thankfully her faith is strong. I asked her what she wanted me to pray for in particular, and she said less pain and healing so the treatment works. She wants to stay on earth as long as possible – and hoping to see the final episode of Game of Thrones!  She has so many people who love her and we are all praying hard for her, but a few more prayers are VERY much welcomed! 🙏🏻

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Hurricane Michael is in the area tonight which is causing tornado warnings, so Olivia and I are just watching the news and the storm!

Have a great weekend! 

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