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Atlanta Girls Weekend

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

I have posted about my friends Catherine and Dave before and how very special they are to us.  This is why, with our upcoming move, we are trying to make the most of every opportunity we can to spend with special people like them!  When Ben mentioned he was asked to spend two weeks in Swaziland, I jumped at the chance to spend some time with Catherine and Molly.  We decided to meet in the middle for a long weekend in Atlanta, GA.  It was a great trip filled with laughter, late night gab sessions, shopping and some fun for the girls.  I would have liked a few more days with them, but I will take what I can get!

We stayed at the coziest little Bed and Breakfast called Hello B & B.  It was within 15-20 minutes driving distance from all our destinations (except for the outlet malls which were outside of town).  It was quiet and the perfect set up for traveling with toddlers.  The room we stayed in was split room with two queen size beds.  We could put Molly in one room and MIkayla in the other and they couldn’t see each other to distract from sleeping.  Then we could sneak out into the living room area to talk while they snoozed.  Perfect!

We completed a lot in just a few days, and I was definitely exhausted when we got back.  We went to IKEA (someday when we return I want to complete my house with IKEA furniture), the Children’s Museum, Outlet malls, Trader Joe’s and the Aquarium!

I wasn’t a very good photographer while we were gone, I got too caught up in everything.  I did manage to get a couple of good shots though, and Catherine took a bunch of great ones so I will just steal her copies! 

The Children’s Museum – We were joined by a couple of school groups on this day.  The girls didn’t seem to mind, but it made for a very noisy and crowded museum.  Eventually they went to eat and watch a performance so it quieted down a bit.  Mikayla of course loved bouncing from station to station.  Only staying at one long enough to look around before venturing to the next.   She really enjoyed the ball station and water station.  She actually got really made when I had to make her leave the water station because there were too many kids!

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Ball Station – she did not want to let go of the balls!

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Sand station

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Water Station – she definitely has her "cheese" down!

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There was a special exhibit for Africa set up while we were there.  Here she is examining African fruit and veggies.

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Just hanging out in the a fishing boat!

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A little camel ride!

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In the African set up there was a small room filled with bongos.  It projected you on the screen playing with some African musicians.  She loved banging on on them and watching herself.  Uncle Christopher would be proud at her rhythm.

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Attempting a picture of the girls.

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Milking a cow!

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Painting…this kid loves to paint!

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Kitchen station – she was in heaven with all the food and kitchen equipment!

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Outlet Malls – One night we hit up some outlet malls about thirty minutes outside of the city.  We ran into some traffic issues so it took us much longer than that, but no worries we found some great deals.  And the girls loved playing in the rides outside of the stores, even if they weren’t on!

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Georgia Aquarium – The day we chose to go to the aquarium just so happened to be "Dress like a princess or prince day and get in free"!  So the place was filled with lots of royalty.  To say it was crowded was an understatement.  We did not take strollers, thinking they would have some to rent.  We were wrong!  So we ended up packing the girls around for several hours looking at the fish.  We couldn’t let them walk much because there were so many people!  My arms were so tired after the aquarium.  I think they had fun, despite the crowds.  These are probably some of the worst pictures from the whole trip!  Sorry about their bad quality!

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Loving the "fishies"!  We signed fish more times than I can count this day!

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Cool overhead tank.  Notice the princess crowns and dresses.

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She loved the mermaid so much…

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…she wanted to kiss it!

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In a penguin crawl tunnel.  You crawled through to see the penguins up close.  Mikayla loved it the first five feet and then got scared so I had to carry her while crawling to the middle where she could see the penguins.

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This is towards the end of the aquarium, notice how tired we both are!

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Attempting to touch a stingray.  Unfortunately she was just too short and I couldn’t hold her over the tank enough. 

All in all, we had a great weekend.  The drive home seemed to take forever (partly because I was so tired, and partly because Mikayla refused to sleep)!  Thanks Catherine and Molly for making the drive and hanging out with us for a bit!

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Belated Dr. Seuss Fun

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

March 2 was officially Dr. Seuss’s birthday, but we had a pretty crazy week so we didn’t get to complete all of our Dr. Seuss fun.  We continued some of the fun while Ben as away in Africa (you can read all about his trip here, here, here and here).  However, I am a sad to say that we did not get everything completed that I was hoping too.  Here are some of the fun activities we did get completed.

Hop On Pop – We read the book and then hopped on the bed.  She loved this and has asked to jump on the bed several more times since then.  She is almost lifting herself off the ground, but not quite!

Dr. Seuss Flash Cards – I got some at the Parent teacher store with a birthday gift card.  She isn’t really  into looking at the numbers or letters yet, but she loves throwing them around and studying them!  I also have a Dr.  Seuss letter puzzle (two actually) that we attempted to work.  Still a little young for this!

Foot Book – After reading the book (like five thousand times – she loves this one and Hop on Pop the best) we tried on different shoes.  She loves putting on mommy and daddy’s shoes.  She is even getting pretty good at putting on her rain boots all by herself. 

Thing 1 and 2 – I totally stole this idea from my friend Lara (she completed with her kindergarten students and daughter).  You paint your fingers blue and the base of your hand skin toned, smoosh it on the paper and you magically have a Thing 1 and 2 from The Cat in the Hat.  This is the only project I managed to get a picture of though!

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Mikayla chose to paint while her Thing 1 and 2 picture dried.  Here she is cheesing it up!  And yes she is not wearing a shirt, but it is easier to wash paint off of skin than it is clothes!

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Admiring her work, so proud of herself!

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Up close view of painting.  I was very pleased with how they turned out!

I am pleased to announce that Mikayla is now in love with Dr. Seuss!  She even requests her Dr. Seuss shirt over her Elmo shirt.  Every time she sees Cat in the Hat she smiles with delight.  She will even sometimes start singing Happy Birthday!  And every Dr. Seuss book is a Cat in the Hat book, not Dr. Seuss!  I love that she has inherited my love for all things Seuss!

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Mikayla’s Dr. Seuss Fun!

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

We had such a busy week, that we hardly got to do any fun Dr. Seuss activities at home last week.  So, I plan on continuing Dr. Seuss into our afternoons and evenings this week!  We did manage to squeeze in a few fun activities. 

On Tuesday evening we went to the public library for story time.  They had a special guest reader, the Cat in the Hat.  Mikayla was in love.  She kept going up to him and pulling his (but really her) leg and interrupting the story!  Then we made cat in the hat headbands and bowties.  We finished the evening off by singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss.  Mikayla surprisingly knows the words and started singing before everyone was ready.  Unfortunately I did not remember my camera, so I don’t have any pictures from the evening.

On Friday night Mikayla helped me make green eggs and ham and cat in the hat pancake stacks.  Mikayla and Ben also enjoyed some green egg ice cream for dessert.  We ended the evening by reading this fabulous board book version of Green Eggs and Ham.  We plan on doing some crafty stuff with Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, but we just ran out of time!

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Mikayla helping stir the pancake mix.  Notice her serious face and pudgy belly!

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Green eggs and ham and cat in the hat pancake stack!

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Green egg dessert treat (lime sherbet with whipped topping)!

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Enjoying some green eggs with daddy!

On Saturday we read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and had a fish themed lunch.  I was also planning on some other fun "fish" activities, but several things came up during the day and we just ran out of time!  Maybe next week we will be able to squeeze them in.

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Fish shaped sandwich, sand (crumbled crackers), seaweed (celery), goldfish crackers, and bubbles (blueberries).  Mikayla loved it!

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Such a little cheeser!

I hope to complete some of the other Dr. Seuss activities I had planned this week, but if not we will get to them eventually!  We may just call March, Dr. Seuss Month!

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Dr. Seuss Fun

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

If you know me even a little bit, you know I love Dr. Seuss!  It is perhaps one of my favorite units I teach all year long.  I love Dr. Seuss so much that when I saw this dress on Etsy, I had to have it for my little lady.  Doesn’t she just look cute?  Thanks Aunt Christa for an early birthday gift!

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At school last week, we went Dr. Seuss crazy!  So crazy that my assistant even commented, "You said you loved Dr. Seuss, but I have never seen someone love him so much!"  I didn’t get pictures of everything, but here are a few of my favorites.

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The Shape of Me and Other Stuff self portraits.  They named themselves Dr. ___(insert first name) Seuss.  They turned out really cute!

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After reading Horton Hears a Who we made "oo" words into silly faces.  We also made Horton contraction ears.  I failed to snap a picture of these.

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On Wednesday we had a birthday party for Dr. Seuss.  Complete with a guest read aloud of Wacky Wednesday (another teacher at school that does skits in morning assembly), the cutest Dr. Seuss cake (made by a fantastic and very talented mom), and Pink Yink Ink Drinks.  We even got to watch a little Horton Hears a Who.

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Then the same mom who made the Dr. Seuss birthday cake, surprised me with my very own Dr. Seuss themed birthday cake (my birthday was on Monday).  So sweet!

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Notice my fabulous apron that was a birthday gift from my sweet friend.

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One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish cake!

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More cake shots

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One last shot of the cutey, delicious cake!

Mikayla got in on the Dr. Seuss fun too, but I will save those details for a later post!  It was a great week, but between everything else going on I was exhausted and definitely ready for the weekend.

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Bye Bye Daddy

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Ben leaves in the morning for Swaziland.  He will be gone for almost two weeks.  We area already missing him!  Mikayla especially, she asked to pack today and this is what we found.

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We have some fun planned (like a girls weekend to Atlanta with Catherine and Molly), but nothing is nearly as fun without daddy/husband around! 

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