Not Petting Fish Is Their Fave.

On the last day of their Christmas vacation, I took Tom and Alice to the Georgia Aquarium.

I try to take them once a year, and then the rest of the year they ask to go back.  So it’s tradition!

This year was the first time that I thought to myself afterwards, “Well that was insanely easy.”

Moms, I know we don’t want our kids to grow up — but when it comes to Aquarium-going, taking a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old is where it’s at.

NO STROLLERS!  NO CRYING! NO CONSTANT SNACK HARASSMENT!  NO DIAPER CHANGES!  NO WORRYING YOUR KID IS GOING TO GET STUCK IN THAT TUBE IN THE RIVER AREA AND YOU’LL HAVE TO CROUCH DOWN AND WIGGLE IN THERE TO SAVE THEM IN FRONT OF THE VIEWING WINDOW WHERE THE OTHER MOMS ARE WATCHING YOU!

The kids had THE. BEST. time.  It was awesome.  They loved everything like they’d never seen it before.  And we just had the most wonderful day.  It was one for the memory books.  It was one of those days that felt like…the perfect day.

We had so much fun, that I was really curious what their favorite part of the day was.

Me: “What was your favorite thing we saw or did today?”

Tom: “I liked the part where we could pet the fish!”

Alice: “Me too!  I loved that part!!”

Me: “Did y’all actually touch the fish?”

Tom and Alice: “No!”

Happy Aquarium Day!

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Here she is…not touching this shark.

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We got splashed with dolphin water during the show, which was their second favorite thing.

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Merry Christmas In The New Year!

Hi y’all!

I’ve decided that one of my main New Year’s resolutions is…

(drumroll)

I’m going to post a blog at least once a week!

(rejoice)

It’s going to be oh-so-thrilling for us all, right?!

(crickets)

And I just want to put out there, that posting this week’s blog is taking a massive effort because I got a new computer for Christmas (yay!) and I have no idea how to work it (boo!). Lucky for my husband, I LOVE CHANGE AND TECHNOLOGY so I’m sure he’s excited I won’t be harassing him non-stop for this entire first year of new-computer-dom.

So here we go! Week ONE of 2017 — and I’m going to recap Christmas, which was filled with family, friends, adventures, and awesomeness. I’m sorry I didn’t take any pictures of any of it.

(she kids)

We…decorated gingerbread houses (pre-built houses ALL THE WAY), decorated Christmas cookies, and our Elf (who never gets into mischief) visited with breakfast one day and a cool experiment one day and then just moved around all the other days.

We also…visited Santa and the Pink Pig with family, ran a 5K with friends under Christmas lights, picked out our Christmas tree moments before Tom threw up on my shoes, and saw the Christmas parade in Mimi and Pops’ town!

And then we…experienced a couple of new things!  Like visiting Santa’s toy shop at the cute Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens (THE BEST!!), and hanging out around our town’s awesome lights display (I cannot believe there is an awesome, completely amazing, FREE thing here! It’s beautiful and I love it and I could gush about it forever but I won’t.)

After all that…it was time for us to harass our families with our love, gifts, weird noses, and wine.

And then it was Christmas…and Santa came, and Alice left him a carnation along with his cookies, and Tom got a huge Transformer, and Alice got the baby of her dreams, and their cousins came over and they played all day while the adults ate snacks and drank festive drinks, and then Tom passed out in a bed of robots which is what Christmas is all about.

The End. (And Merry Christmas!)

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Elfing Ourselves.

My kids have watched this approximately 27 times and they laugh hysterically every time. LOVE!

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Rock City Christmas.

We saw Rock City!  (Again!)

If you’ll recall, Rock City was our first stop on our road trip adventure this summer, so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to go back and see it at night all decked out for Christmas!

I’ve been doing some writing for the 365 Atlanta Family blog, and — lucky us! — this was my latest assignment.  (See my article here: Your Guide to Rock City Christmas!)

My main takeaways were:  It was wonderfully done, and super beautiful.  Everyone who worked there was really nice and helpful.  And it was really pretty cold up there!

Now, Kevin doesn’t care at all about Christmas lights (Grinch!), but he did say this was his favorite light display I’ve made him go to.  Ha!  High Praise!

It was fun, and we went on a school night (gasp!) so the kids thought it was the best thing in the whole world.

And I must tell you, I spent $20 (!!!) on this family photo they took there because Tom’s face made me laugh so hard, I just had to have it.  When I asked him about it, he said, “Well, I used my biggest smile!” LOVE.

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(They’re with Jack Frost and a Snow Queen.)

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(They’re playing in there.  They actually played in this area for a long time!)

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(View of Chattanooga from the top!)

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Angel.

Alice had her Christmas program today, and she was the most beautifully sweet angel I have ever seen!

She was so, so proud of herself, and she was very excited to be a part of it.

And all of her little classmates were just as adorable! I love all of it! The waving to the parents, the wandering around, the absolute look of joy on their faces. It’s awesome.

Out of all of our Christmastime events, this is truly my favorite.

LOVE!

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After the BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, she came back out with her class to sing a couple songs/twirl around. She did great at both!

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Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot!

This made me laugh so hard. LOVE this crazy girl!

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Washington Farms.

Last weekend me and the kids headed to Washington Farms with Rachel and her kids.

It was just us sisters since Adam had to work, and Kevin had the worst cold ever.

We went to this same place last year, and I was just in. love. with it.

I would marry it, if I wasn’t already spoken for.

Here’s what I love about it:  There is so much to do, it is almost all included in the original price, it is big enough that it doesn’t feel crowded ever, but somehow not too big to feel spread out.  It’s kinda weird how they’ve managed to create the most perfect fall farm ever, but they’ve done it.

It takes us a little over an hour to get to it, but it’s SO worth it.  Plus, afterwards, we just headed to Rachel’s house 20 minutes away for MORE fun.

I don’t think my kids have ever been so tired at the end of the day.

We left Rachel’s at 7:25 p.m. and both of mine were asleep in the car by 7:30.  And they STAYED THAT WAY.

It was honestly the best day.  All of the kids had an awesome time.  Rachel and I had a blast.  It was serious fun.  I already can’t wait for next year.

p.s.  I LOVE OCTOBER!!

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