So after the wedding and all of the holiday cheer with the family, the little lady and I made a trip to Hotlanta. This is her home town (ok, well Lawrenceville, but close enough), so we planned to hang out with her family. Oh yeah, and we also had tickets to the Sugar Bowl.
On the way down, I begged her to let us stop at my old Granny's house. Granny passed away just over two years ago, and I hadn't seen her house since. My aunt and her husband (2nd husband, so I don't know if he is a step-uncle or what) decided to redo the house in hopes of moving into it. Well, that was 3 years ago. Granted the house needed a LOT of updating and a LOT of work, so they are in the process of doing all of it now. Rumor has it we will do the family Christmas there this year. The house used to be family Christmas every year until Granny broke her hip several years ago.
Anyway, they are putting a lot of work into it and I really wanted to see it. So we rolled into Gastonia, NC, which is 1/4 ghetto, 3/4 really nice old homes. We drove over to Granny's house and my aunt's husband's car was in the driveway. Luckily, he was there working on the downstairs so we were able to see the house. The downstairs is in the process of being gutted. No longer are the floors or the kitchen or the kitchenette. The only thing that is actually finished is the upstairs. That part of the house is awesome. They've redone it, with minor changes but the changes they made are for the best. After seeing that part of the house, I can tell they have a good vision for the house. It is a hell of a lot of work, but they will get it done. It won't be the same house we all knew and loved, but it will be great.
So we made it to Lawrenceville and stayed at her Dad's house. I got to spend more time with her pops and her step-mom, as well as her younger sister. It actually was really nice. I had spent time with them before, but not this much. Hell, it was bowl season. There wasn't much to do except sit around and enjoy football. No complaint out of me. I ended up helping the little lady grade some of her 8th graders science quizzes. May God help our future. I'll leave it at that.
It was nice to take a road trip with the little lady. It is amazing how much you have to talk about in a four hour car ride. The stop at Granny's old place helped to break up the trip a bit and allowed me to show her a place I remember very fondly.
My buddy Brandon always says, "memories are nice, Jay." He's right. They are really nice.
We now return you to your regular scheduled Lowe Down