Weekend in Atlanta.

Not a typical weekend post, but instead one that took us clear across the country!  We ran around Friday getting ready, and then we were up at 4am Saturday to catch our flight.  It was a little over four hours in the air, which is a long time for a one year old, but Cullen did pretty well.  I had hoped he would still get in his afternoon nap, but he only snoozed for about 20 minutes.  Long enough to snap a photo!

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We were more than ready to get off the plane and stretch our legs when we landed in Atlanta.  It took a while for us to get our rental car and make our way to Roswell, and we finally pulled up my brother/sister-in-law’s driveway around 6pm.  It was a gorgeous, sunny spring day in the south – warm enough to take your shirt off and eat tortilla chips on the back deck. 

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We spent the rest of the day catching up with family, lounging out back, and enjoying the sunshine and warm air.  Sunday morning brought a good night’s rest, and delicious homemade waffles!  Finally!  This sealed the deal that I absolutely have to get a waffle maker. 

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It was another really nice, warm day, so a few of us headed to a local park so Cullen could check out the toddler playground.  As usual, it was all about the slide. 

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And watching all the bigger kids – he’s obsessed!

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He also hit the swings for a bit.  I can’t get over how much he looks like Casey in this picture – absolute spitting image of how he looked at this age. 

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High fives for everyone!

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It felt strange to be running around in short sleeves and feeling all that warm sun.  It makes me so excited for when summer does finally make it’s way to Seattle (realistically, August).  I can’t get enough!

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Back at home, we discovered that perhaps there is a green thumb in the family after all…

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Uncle Kirt taught Cullen how to go over and get water out of the faucet, and then water a few old flower pots left from last year.  He’s in that toddler stage where once he finds a fun activity, he just wants to do it over and over and over (and over) again.  Too funny. 

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More water, please!

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Emma dog is not impressed.  She has a new baby sister coming in May, so having Cullen around has been a good test run.  She has needed a few extra snuggles. 

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Aunt Katie to the rescue with a full water pitcher.  Look at her adorable belly!  I am resisting the urge to touch it every ten minutes.

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Backyard baby.  He might look like daddy, but he definitely gets his love of the outdoors from me.  He and I spent most of the day in the backyard, and when we weren’t, he was walking around the neighborhood with his Grandpa and Mimi.  Reminds me of when I was little and I’d spend the entire day in our backyard.  My mom would have to beg me to come inside for dinner.

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Okay, enough photos – I know.  I can’t help myself.  Give me a nice day and a camera and I can really blow up a memory card. 

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We are just happy to be here.  Looking forward to a fun week ahead with Casey’s family, and a wonderful celebration for my SIL and new niece this coming weekend!  And of course, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in style this past weekend.

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Had to have the watering can to get a smile.  Afraid it might be coming home in our suitcase.

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Since it was such a gorgeous day, dinner was a backyard cookout.  Veggies and burgers for everyone – both black bean and ground beef.

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Along with delicious fresh asparagus – one of my favorites.

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And a very grumpy toddler, who always looks like this right around dinner time. 

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I really want to get a grill this year.  I talked about it all last summer and Casey kept talking me out of it.  But this year it is happening! 

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Such a summery and delicious plate of food.  Totally hit the spot.  Also – coleslaw on top of a veggie burger = heaven. 

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Only thing that can make it even better?  Eating outside in the sunshine. 

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Life is good.  And better spent with loved ones!  Now Casey is off to his conference (an hour north of here), and Kirt and Katie are back to work for the week.  So C and I are hanging at the house with my in-laws and exploring Atlanta together.  I’m hoping to get a lot of work and baby shower prep done with so many extra hands around to help!  Originally I was going to spend this first half of the week alone in Seattle (flying out on Wednesday), but I’m really glad I decided to come early.  Excited for the week ahead!