as i mentioned, the summer is long. not only is it the heat, but because it is josh's busy season, we rarely get a change of scenery. with temperatures in the 100s and humidity off the charts, it doesn't take too long for our family of 5 to go a little stir crazy. luckily, josh had a couple of weekends off so we headed to atlanta to visit grammie & papa joe.
our first day, Wednesday, we hung out at their house.
josh and the kids scavenged the basement for vintage toys and, of course, uncle john's lego's provided hours of fun.
my sarah richardson inspired bunkie . . .
this was the first of several batches because these same cookies are the primary source for breakfast whenever we visit. "eggs, milk, wheat . . "
later that evening, our friends, the tillmans, arrived to vacation with us. grammie and papa joe claim they love house guests, but they may prefer it when the majority of them are over the age of 6. let's just say, i am pretty sure it took days after we left before the ringing in their ears ceased.
Thursday, we had big plans including . . .
Friday, jennifer and i had big plans, too. the scott antique market was our plan for the week. i took several pictures with my phone i will share in another post. let's just say, it was worth the trip.
Saturday, we hit the road again. this time . . . with one destination in mind . . . ikea. our kids loved the play area last time and they couldn't wait to share it with avery. the "babies" had to miss out on that experience. in fact, spencer missed out on most of ikea all together.
when we go to atlanta, we spend most of our time hitting our favorite things . . . restaurants, shops, etc. so, our dinner led us to the cheesecake factory where we were shocked to learn that even at 5:45 pm we had an hour long wait to seat a party of 9.
while we were eating, i noticed spencer doing this . . .
Sunday, we had even more plans. this was definitely the busiest trip to atlanta we have ever taken.
josh wanted to take the rest of us to a place known for their amazing burgers. let's just say they don't have amazing customer service as when we were entering i noticed a sign on the door saying kids were not allowed under any circumstances due to a state law. the guys had already entered, one of which toted a toddler. the person at the front of the restaurant said, "uh, we don't do kids."
we finished just in time to head to our last destination . . .this guy was there to lead worship.
thank you, grammie and papa joe . . . and thank you, tillmans . . . we will definitely do it again!