We decided to take one last trip to Atlanta before our time together ran out. Unfortunately, everyone got sick (really sick). Kennedy and Nathan both had raging ear infections and were on antibiotics the whole time. However, we were determined to go regardless and have fun! That’s just what we did!!! (in fact, we are STILL all working on getting better!)
We decided to take The Summit Skyride first before it got too warm.
We took a Swiss cable car up to the top of the mountain (one giant piece of granite). From the top we were able to check out the Atlanta skyline, Appalachian Mountains, and a really cute little cottage (my family will know that I mean a HUGE awesome house!)
Unfortunately, it was a little overcast, so the view wasn’t as great as it could have been on a clear day, but we were thankful for a little breeze to help cool us off! We were also able to catch a great look at the Confederate Memorial Carving. The detail and size of the carving are incredible.
The entire carved surface measures three-acres. That’s larger than a football field! The carving of the three men is 400 feet above the ground and measures 90 by 190 feet! INCREDIBLE!
It’s difficult to appreciate the size of the Confederate Memorial Carving from a photograph. The three men on horseback look almost small against the massive side of Stone Mountain. To give some perspective, two school busses could be parked on the back end of Robert E. Lee’s horse.
We grabbed some lunch and moved on to The Great Barn!
This was a fun playground for Kennedy with super slides, trampoline floors, a game that you earned points completing tasks, and all sorts of things for Kennedy to climb!
The kids and I watched as Daddy went on the SkyHike. You can pick from a 12 ft. up,24 ft.up, or 40ft. up in the air rope trail. Then we caught a 4-D movie while Nathan got his lunch! We really enjoyed the adventure and lots of water that this movie brought.
We ended the day with a round of miniature golf (Kennedy got a perfect hole in one on the last hole- NO JOKE!!!), and a scenic train ride all the way around the mountain. We sang along to a few classics (I’ve Been Working On the Railroad & She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain) while we were aboard too!
It was so nice to leave the world behind and be able to refocus on the things in life that REALLY matter. I had an amazing experience!
And now for Kennedy’s favorite part of the trip…
As we pulled into the mall, Nathan had a poop blow out all over himself and his car seat. This was a major emergency. It required a change right then and there on the asphalt outside our car. It was a mighty comical start to our evening at the mall. We all laughed SO hard!
We went to the American Girl Bistro and they told us that there was a 2 hour wait! Mind you it was 3 o’clock!!! So, we gave them Bri’s cell number and they said they would call if something opened up. We were starving and decided to head to the Cheesecake Factory rather bummed. Trying to figure out how we were going to make this right for Kennedy, we placed our orders. Right after we ordered, Brian’s phone rings, so we canceled our order (we did leave a tip for the hassle) and rushed down to the American Girl Bistro. Since we had left Bitty Baby home, we were able to borrow a doll to eat with us. Next time, we will bring our dolls!
In the end, Kennedy came away with another doll and the starter set that went with it! It’s amazing what you can get away with when your Daddy is about to deploy for a VERY long time! I don’t think Daddy minded one bit either!