Had a wonderful time with The Bun this weekend up in the N.Georgia mountains at Girl Scouts camp. She enjoyed hangin' with her pops and her friends Charlotte and Josie from her local troop here in Atlanta. Highlights included the canoeing (didn't get stuck in the reeds), square dancing (the other dads looked like they didn't have any rhythm either), the pony rides (Eeyore kept going off trail to get something to eat), and the campfire skits ("Banana Power": Girl Scouts dressed up in banana costumes doing gymnastics flips and jumps??). We had a great time but being without a shower for a few days is kind of a few days too many.
The Bun has been turning 5 for some time now. Turning 5 is an epochal moment in the life of a young girl so there is a reason to celebrate it many times - at school with your peers, at home with your family, at home with your friends, at home with ALL your friends from school. So it was on a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Atlanta that the Bun and 15 or so of her 'bestis' friends gathered to wish her a happy day and good fortune. There was pizza, cake, Pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, a Pinata and lots of good fun for the kids (and luckily - beer for the parents.) Happy Birthday Bun. We love you. -Mom and Dad
Hangin' with Grandma in the kitchen makin' biscuits
For Labor Day we headed north to Kentucky which is weird for us since we had been used to heading south to Kentucky. We hung out with the wife's clan for a couple days then headed back home via the scenic route through Smokey Mountain National Park.
The clouds roll over the observation tower at Clingman's Dome and Bartlet, Amelia and Julia
It was a rainy and wet Labor Day weekend throughout the Southeast but the scenes were still lovely and the air was clean and sharp up at the higher elevations. We stopped in Cherokee - a tiny strip of a town selling its Indian heritage, had a little fried fish (and macaroni and cheese of course) and then headed back to Atlanta.
In the south the do make good biscuits. And, I've come to a better appreciation of grits. The cheesy variety at the Flying Biscuit are fantastic. After loading up our bellies we trekked around the Candler Park area which is nicely eclectic and homey. Millie of course loved the swings at the playground.
Back home in Buckhead amongst the tall shady Georgia pines to spend the rest of the day poolside to cool off from our journey...
After cleaning our empty house and spending a few days with our dear friends the Arnolds, they said goodbye, helped us pack up Amelia and the rest of our worldly belongings that didn't make it on the truck and we headed south.
'Fourteen hours in a car with all this stuff?! Phooey! I'm going to draw mermaids.'
Our first stop was Kentucky - the mid-way point on our journey South to spend a few days with the parents and aunts and uncles and of course to capture some Kentucky fireflies and other assorted activities they play down south...
Through the mountains of Tennessee and we finally arrived at our new house in Atlanta... Now we have to unpack all that stuff! But first lets eat...
Amelia has treated the move like a big adventure with dashes of nostalgia for her old school and friends that she left behind but she's excited to explore and live in a new place too...
And luckily for her parents, no matter how different the place we go, there always seems to be a park with a balance beam nearby!