Monday, October 13, 2014

random fall things...

molly has not been 100% since starting kindergarten really
she's had a couple bouts with fevers and no other real symptoms besides being tired
right before fall break, we  were at the dr. office again
i thought i may have to cancel the fall break trip, but she recovered and we went ahead

 i really just think she caught random bugs and can't get used to the demanding schedule of it all
she's so tired after school each day
but she's ready to start back tomorrow after over a week off for fall break!
 anytime she falls asleep on the couch i know she's sick!
 a few halloween yard decorations

 she got a haircut & elsa braid to start fall break off right!
we were on our way to disney frozen on ice!

 we love disney!

 here we were at dinner when we arrived in atlanta!
we ate at buckhead diner and had deviled eggs, homemade chips and dip, and a chocolate shake!
isn't that a random selection!

 here is proof that i made all the kids do a little work while they were off too! ha!

 i had time to get in the kitchen and cook some while i was off
that is one of my favorite things to de-stress!
i made pioneer woman's cinnamon rolls and they were amazing!
no, i didn't eat them all.  we froze 4 pans for later!
we also made brownies
 we took one day to all go to cheekwood
it was so pretty and we got some good pictures of the kiddos together!
 i want my yard to look like this! ha!

 they have scarecrows out among  mums and pumpkins everywhere
they were so cute!

 there were several olaf scarecrows!


 it was a great afternoon!

Fall Break Atlanta Trip

Molly and I headed to Atlanta for our fall break trip this year
Molly is very interested in dinosaurs right now and so I googled the nearest dinosaur exhibit and found a great one in Atlanta
 We packed the car and left town after church last Sunday.
 She was super excited to stay in a hotel, honestly I think we could just stay in a hotel and that would be enough for her!
 This is the Fernbank Museum of Natural history.
It is a small museum in a very beautiful area of Atlanta
the drive from the hotel to the museum was so gorgeous!
through neighborhoods with Halloween decorations, fall landscaping, and beautiful homes!
 Here we are waiting for the museum to open 
The outside grounds were so pretty!
 Molly pretending to be a dino!

 Currently she says she's going to be a paleontologist and a veterinarian who lives on a farm!
I wonder if that may change?

 Here is the life size dino exhibit...amazing!

 pretending to be eaten...

 when you are the only child, you have to pose in both head openings! ha!

 here  she is as a news reporter

we also headed to the atlanta zoo to see the cute panda bears among other things!

 they have a carousel just like the nashville zoo!
 they also have a cute little train ride around the perimeter of the zoo.
 the kangaroos and pandas were our favorite!
 we went on the coca cola tour and the cnn tour!
molly wasn't as impressed with these as i was, but she tolerated them and found some things things that interested her in each one.

 i've never done the coca cola tour.  it was really interesting!  i loved hearing the background of coke and tasting all the flavors at the end.
for those who've never been, they have fountain samples like the one above for every continent!
under each flavor, is the country the coke is from.
the "beverly" on the end is only available at the coca cola facility and also Epcot. (and italy)

 all molly wanted was water, ha! but i found it fun t o taste the samples and see where they are from.
the fountain drinks were super cold too!

 we had gorgeous weather the whole time!
the landscaping was gorgeous!
 we went to the Georgia aquarium which was really good.
kind of strange to be in the middle of a downtown, urban area, but really cool!

 i loved the penguins!
 we loved the dolphin show! especially after seeing dolphin tale 2 recently!

overall it was a great trip!
2 days was perfect for the amount of things we did.
it's a great weekend trip for the nashville area.
also, if you are thinking about planning  a trip to atlanta i bought an atlanta city pass book that included tickets/passes to all of the places we went to and saved us probably 50% of the regular ticket prices.  
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