Today (or yesterday, by the time anyone reads this) is the first day of Fall, and I'm celebrating by sitting outside on my patio with my laptop, writing this post. It's such a gorgeous day that I decided to move my office outside for the day! As much as I hate that summer really has come to an end, I do have to grudgingly admit that I love Fall! The weather in the South is beautiful, the hummingbirds are visiting this time of year, and the grasses are flowering. Yeah, okay. It's nice.

Today, we're packing up and getting ready to leave bright and early tomorrow morning for the beach. This year's dance recital is over, which means it's time for the National Competition! Our whole family will be spending two weeks in Florida. One of those will be mostly consumed by dance (which is fine by us!), but we intend to totally morph into lazy beach bums for the other.

  We got up early, but a small oil leak delayed us. We didn't bring extra oil (lesson #1), so we realized a quick trip to the nearest store had to happen first. By nearest, I mean a 20 minute one-way trip down a gravel county...