Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Back Blogging: Atlanta with Littles

In early March Ryan had a conference in downtown Atlanta so we all tagged along. We've been to Atlanta plenty of times before over the years so I really wasn't expecting much. But we had a blast! I was a little worried about how we'd stay on schedule for naps and bedtime being in one hotel room. And eating out for all meals seemed a little daunting. But it all worked out. Caroline and Duncan both fell asleep each night with the lights and TV on (we didn't want to not be able to move after 7:30 p.m. when we put them to bed). It also helped us transition to them napping in the same room at home once we got back.

So all in all we had an absolutely fabulous time in Atlanta. Depending on traffic, Atlanta is just a short two hour drive from Greenville. We left around lunchtime and got into town with plenty of time to explore that afternoon. After checking into the Hyatt Regency on Peachtree, we headed to Olympic Park. Our first stop was to ride the Skyview. Caroline loved it and stood up the whole time waving to the people down below going "heeeyy, heeeyyy."

Notice Ryan gripping her arm...he just couldn't trust the clear bottom:-)

The park had a great play area, and I spent many hours there while Ryan was at the conference. Caroline definitely got the hang of slides down during this trip. At one point we were playing with a family from Nashville and the little boy who looked to be about seven or so got right in C's face and said, "Boo!" Without missing a beat, she got right in his face and said "Boo" much louder. I was so proud!

During the conference we stayed at the Hyatt Regency on Peachtree Street NE. It was so so nice and the lobby was great for people watching and letting Caroline run around when it was too cold to go outside. I'm sure they loved me using their lobby as a playground! When the hospital was no longer footing the bill, we switched hotels and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites on Ted Turner Drive. The Hampton had the best customer service I've ever experienced. Everyone was so friendly and went out of their way to help us. It included a wonderful continental breakfast. There are no pictures of this because the night before, Caroline spilled my red wine all down the front of her pajamas. And so she went to bed and breakfast with wine stained pjs. Not my proudest mom moment, but everything else was dirty!

We had some great dinners around town including Max Lagers, Gordon Biersch, Hard Rock Cafe, Atlanta Braves All Star Grill, and Sway. Caroline and Duncan, generally, do so good in restaurants. We've been taking them since they were newborns and so it's nothing too out of the ordinary for them!

And one evening explored the shops and restaurants at Ponce City Market. If you're going to Atlanta, this is a must! I was so impressed and there was something for everyone. We got drinks at The Tap on Ponce and then ate shrimp po-boys at W.H. Stiles Fish Camp. It was so good and we loved that there was outdoor and indoor dining. There was also a carnival going on on the roof, but we decided C & D were too little for it. But most nights you could go up there and play put put golf. Putting this on our list for next time!

On Sunday morning, Caroline, Duncan and I met my cousin Margaret and her family for brunch at Ladybird Grove and Mess Hall. I've loved getting to visit with Ellie and Walker on my way too and from Mississippi over the last couple of years. They were so cute and both wanted to hold Caroline's hand. 

Afterwards, we took a walk on the Beltline to Ponce City Market.

Puffs are good at any age apparently. 

Our last day we spent nearly five hours at the aquarium. We got there as soon as it opened and lasted until afternoon naptime. It was amazing. And incredibly expensive, but kids under two are free. Even though I'd been then before, it blew me away, seeing it through Duncan and Caroline's eyes. They were both fascinated. The dolphin show was Sea World quality. It's only offered a few times a day but included in your admission ticket. As it should be - it was $40 per adult but at least C and D were free since they are under two. For the dolphin show, we sat in the splash zone which was a little too much for Caroline. She left a finger shaped bruise on my arm from her tight grip! Duncan thought it was awesome.

Next time I think we'll try the children's museum and the High Museum of Art. And here's a funny thing. The next weekend we saw on NBC Nightly News were 25 physicians had been on a flight from Atlanta to Texas and a man had needed emergency medical help. Turns out they had all been at this same conference as Ryan. And later that night we watched the movie Keeping Up With the Joneses and part of it was filmed in Hyatt! Small world!

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