Friday, July 10, 2015

Georgia Vacation

It's a little strange to say that we vacationed in our home state and town this summer, but that's pretty much what we did.  We flew from Kansas to Georgia for a few weeks to spend time with our family.  The weather was cool in Kansas when we left and the outdoor pools weren't open yet, so the first thing the girls wanted to do in Georgia was get in a pool!  We're thankful for friends who live just up the road from my parents and allowed the girls to come enjoy their pool while we were in town.

I got Marlie a summer Brainquest workbook but I wouldn't let her start it until the week after Memorial Day.  As soon as she got up that week, she went straight for the workbook.  I wish I could say that enthusiasm lasted, but now I have to encourage her to do a few sheets each day.

Bryan's mom invited us to go the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.  It was our first visit and the girls had a blast.  We spent many hours in there and the girls could have definitely stayed longer.  

Marlie has been asking for months to have her ears pierced.  I wanted to take her to an actual tattoo and piercing shop rather than somewhere that used a gun.  She agreed to wait until we could go to a shop in Athens (Midnight Iguana) that I felt comfortable with.  I wasn't sure how she would react being in a tattoo shop but they were great with her and she was a champ.  They used a needle on her ears (which is why I waited to go  there) and she barely flinched.  They gave her a certificate and she is the proud owner of two new holes in her ears!  

The small private school that Bryan & I attended celebrated their 45th birthday while we were home.  The birthday party was like a mini reunion for us since 5 of the 20 members of our graduating class were there.  We had so much fun hanging out together and stayed up WAY too late!  

There were a lot of tea parties held at my parents house while we stayed there!

We went to Helen, Georgia to enjoy a few days in the mountains.  We hiked up Anna Ruby Falls, went  tubing down the river, got to hang out with my aunt and cousin one evening and visited Babyland General Hospital.

One of my favorite things to do when we're home is spend time in Athens.  My sister and I set aside one full day to go hang out in the Classic City. We started the day with the biscuit brunch at The Pine.  They didn't have quite the biscuit combo I was hoping for so I was pleased when they agreed to make me a bacon, egg and pimento cheese biscuit.  It was so good and definitely hit the spot.  After brunch we walked through Half Moon Outfitters and then across the street to Condor Chocolates.  I couldn't pick just one thing that I wanted so I got a sipping chocolate to enjoy in the cafe and truffles and a brownie to take with me.  We made a quick stop in Five Point Bottle Shop before we headed towards downtown.  
We walked through Starlite Showroom, Community, Atomic Athens and a few other places downtown.  We decided to head over to check out happy hour at Seabear Oyster Bar.  The drinks were good and the oysters were huge! 

We spent a day on Lake Oconee and Emma was excited to drive Pop's "pirate ship"!

Our last full week in Georgia we actually went down to Florida for a few days.  We stayed in Atlantic Beach while my dad had a business conference down there.  We've been to Jacksonville but never over to Atlantic Beach.  It was a cute area and I would definitely like to go again. 

No trip down to Florida is complete without stopping at the UGA Barn Sign near Wrightsville!

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