Summer Fun

My Mama came to visit for a week.  I swear when you're having fun, the week just flies by.  I went back to work this week, but Monday we went to the aquarium.  It was so much fun.   We went and saw the beluga whales, and the picture I took ended up being my favorite from the day. 

We also saw some sharks. 

 We went to a 4D movie about sharks, which was pretty cool!  4D movies are our favorite!

The aquarium is downtown, so we walked over to the park for my Mom to see it.  It was an overcast day, but still so humid and hot. 

Coca-Cola World will forever be a favorite of Max and Emma's because they were able to drink a small coke.  Now they always want to go back!

We took Marta for the first time by ourselves, and it wasn't bad!  I had been on it once before with Ian.  Coming home the kiddos acted like they owned the train car we were in. 

I got a new phone and my mom used the portrait mode to take a picture of Emma. All the heart eyes.

My Mama left this morning, and we're all sad about it.  I took her to the airport and dropped her off. It was so quick, I didn't have time to cry.  We all are missing her though.  The kids had ice cream and Emma said, "Grandma should be here to eat ice cream with us."  I'm sure tonight at bedtime there will be some crying for her...from all of us. 


Staycation 2018

Ian recently got a new truck, and when he was cleaning out his car he found a gift certificate to a hotel that he had won.  It was for the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott  Conference Resort.  We used up that gift certificate for a free two night stay this past weekend, and it was so fun.  

When we got to our room we were blown away.  The hotel set up backpacks for the kids full of school supplies and snacks.  The kids were soooo excited, and I'm not going to lie.  I was too!!  The school supplies were good stuff, and I had just bought the kids supplies, so their goodies became mine for my classroom. What's theirs is mine, right?

That night we had dinner at the hotel before hitting the pool.  The pool was the best part of the hotel.  They had a bubble man that kids loved.  There was a bar area, which we loved.  Perks for all!  There was also a life size chess board.  I have never played chess in my life, and I don't know that rules of the game.  I'm a checkers kind of girl.  Max knows how to play, and he and Ian played a game.  It was so cute to watch. Emma had fun moving the pieces around. 

We had a lake view from our room. 

The next morning we got ready and went to Stone Mountain Park.  We've been a couple times, and it's a cute and fun place for families.  They have a dinosaur theme right now, which was heaven for the kids.  They are obsessed with dinosaurs.  I get facts told to me about dinosaurs on the daily. 

Before heading to check out the dinosaurs we stopped for a story.  It was a story about trying your hardest and never giving up.  The storyteller was adorable and full of energy.  It was a sweet message that made my teacher/mama heart happy.  

Next stop was mini golf.  I didn't take pictures, because I was actually playing this time. Normally it's just Ian and Max who play.  Emma was totally into it. I played pretty well, but in the end Ian was victorious.

We stopped to watch a 4D movie, which was about dinosaurs.  Emma loved it, but Max isn't a fan of the 3D part.

We then found ourselves in the dinosorium...I don't think that's what it was called. It's a play area for the kiddos. They loved it.

It was finally dinosaur adventure time!!  This part was my favorite. To see Max and Emma get excited with each dinosaur they saw, and Max would read the information about each.   It was so great. 

There was a dino meet and greet, which they have told everyone that we've talked to over the past few days.  That's Bagel, a 2 year old t-rex.  She eats 8,000 lizards a day.  She can sing the abcs and is a pro at selfies. 

Party of 5.

Our day ended with more pool time and room service.  We had such a great time.  It's a nice ending before school starts.  I go back to work next week.  My mama comes on Saturday for a week, and I cannot be more excited to see her.  I've been going into my classroom to get it set up, which I love.  My classroom is my happy place.  Max and Emma have been good little helpers.  I may go in one more time this week for an hour, but the rest of the time I'm soaking up with Max and Emma.  We may hit the pool today, and I definitely see an ice cream visit in our future.  I love all this time I get with them.  This summer has been so good, and I'm sad to see it come to an end, but excited for a new school year.  All the feels. 

Happy Wednesday, friends! I'll take some pictures of my classroom and do a tour for you.  I don't think I've ever done that before here on this space.  


Random Ramblings

I am down to 1 week and 6 days left of summer break.  Not that I'm counting or anything.  A part of me is excited to get back to work.  Another part of me is so sad that summer is coming to an end!  I've loved every minute I've gotten with Max and Emma.  It's been a great summer.

Last Friday we went to go to see Hotel Transylvania 3.  It wasn't my favorite, but Emma thought it was funny.  Max kinda liked it.  We still need to see Incredible 2, which I plan on doing before school starts!

We had to take pictures with all the displays they had.  Now that we have assigned seating, it's not like we have to rush to get inside.  We took our sweet time, and giggled all the way to our theater. 

The kids are obsessed with Jurassic Park. We've only wanted the first one and half of the second.  I told Max he has to watch them all if he wants to see the new one. 

I ordered them a small icee at 10:20 in the morning, because hello...summer.  I didn't realize the drink was going to be the size of their head!  I should have ordered one and they could share!  Rookie mistake.

This week has been low key.  Turns out I have bronchitis, which has left me hacking up lung on the regular.  I think Max gets nervous when I start coughing, and he just watches me to make sure I'm okay.  Then he'll say, "Oh that was a big cough."  Every time.  I cough a lot throughout the day. 

I've been decorating the house a little at  time.  I focused on the kitchen, and here's what I've done so far.

I finally jumped on the letter board wagon.  Those rocks in the background are the ones we decorated for Ian for Father's Day.
 Decorative Fill/Letter Board is from Kirklands, but couldn't find the link. 

The dish towels in the background kill me.  That's a real life moment, and I just noticed it now...I probably would have retaken it had I noticed sooner!

I think this is my favorite spot.  I'm currently on a cactus kick.  My classroom theme will be cactus this year.  I got this one and the family sign from Kirklands.

Saturday Emma and I went for a walk.  We had to stop and admire all the flowers and birds.  I love seeing things through her eyes, because she sees the beauty in all things. 

Max has a dentist appointment today, which I'm dreading.  Say a big prayer for me that he doesn't cause a scene.  Ever since his hospital stay in WA, anytime a doctor has to check inside his mouth he FREAKS out.  I'm just going to have to bribe the heck out of him. 

We're also going to Target at some point this week to shop for back to school!  I can't believe Emma is going to be in Kinder and Max in 3rd.  

Happy Wednesday!! 


Girls Day

This week Max has basketball camp.  He has been loving it!  When he walked down the stairs yesterday, the poor kid was so sore.  Camp is 6 hours a day for 4 days.  That's a lot of basketball.  I love going early to pick him up so we can watch him.  He is always so excited to tell us about his day.

I signed up Emma for the craft class at Michael's today.  We stopped at our favorite donut place for some morning fuel.  Emma picks her donuts strictly by the color of the glaze.  We'll sit here for awhile and chat.  She loves to talk and tell stories. 

We made our way to Michael's and today's craft was a camping banner, which will go perfectly with her Happy Camper painting she did earlier this summer!   Her cutting skills are so good!

Then we stopped to get our nails did.  She went straight for the sparkly polish. 

I got mine done too.  Emma wanted me to pick a dark sparkly purple polish, but I went with a light pink. 

I love this quality time with my girl.  I can't believe in a few short weeks she'll be starting Kindergarten. Time needs to slow down just a little. 



Over the weekend we went to Montgomery to celebrate Ian's cousin who is having a baby in the next 5 weeks.  She is having a girl, and let me tell you that the kiddos and I had so much fun shopping for her.  We had such a fun time with family, listening to stories and laughing.  Ian's uncle is a great storyteller. 

On our way home we stopped in Auburn.  I will start off by saying we do not cheer for the Tigers.  We know better.  Roll Tide all the way, but when we drove up to the campus.  Holy moly.  It's so beautiful.  We parked at Toomers Corner and had their famous lemonade.  Then we walked and explored campus a little. 

How beautiful is that building?

I love exploring different campuses.  Ian causally mentioned in our conversation as we were walking that Max will be going to college in 10 years.   Dagger to my heart.   I know, dramatic, but my heart can't handle that yet.  10 years will be here before we know it. 


4th of July

Our 4th of July celebration started on the 3rd.  We went to a local park and had fun in the heat and humidity.  Humidity is the worst!!  We really did have fun.  There were bands playing,  we packed a picnic dinner, and ran into quite a few friends.  The firework show was pretty awesome.

On the 4th we spent some time at the pool.  Every time we go it's always just us.  Well on this day there were two large families there and the pool was packed.  It was all fun and laughter until it started to thunder and rain. 

We lit fireworks in our driveway to end the night.  It was a pretty fun night!

For New Years we had lit fireworks and our grass ended up on fire.  Max jumped into action and had ran inside to get a pitcher of water.  This time he was a bit nervous.  We brought out water just in case, and every time I looked over at Max he was holding the water ready to throw it on the fireworks.  He was so funny.  I kept telling him to put it down and relax, but he couldn't.  

Another holiday in  the books, and I say it every time, but Max and Emma make holidays so magical.