Our last big harrah…for awhile atleast!

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 took off on our road trip Thursday and found our awesome hotel and a nice Indian restaurant. YUMMY! Then we called it a night. After all, we lost another hour!
Friday we got up and traveled to Stone Mountain Park.

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.

It depicts three Confederate heroes of the Civil War, President Jefferson Davis and Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.

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.

Daddy and Kennedy standing in the horse’s mouth. This might help you see how huge this carving REALLY is!!! There was a sign here that said “A favorite photography spot” at the museum. It wasn’t until later that we read another sign that said “NO PHOTOGRAPHY” and realized they meant the carvers NOT us!! To our credit there were a couple hands on exhibits.

This is Daddy and Kennedy as we are being escorted out of the museum. For all you Fancy Nancy fans… That’s a fancy way to say kicked out! Just teasing we weren’t kicked out, but we realized why an old lady was giving us DIRTY looks!
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!

Friday night we headed to downtown Atlanta to walk around Centennial Olympic Park and chow at the Hard Rock for dinner.

Saturday morning we headed to the temple and Brian went through an early morning sessions so I could go through at 10 with our ward. It was a friends first time through.

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!

After a yummy dinner we got to go shopping for doll stuff! I think I had almost as much fun as Kennedy.

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!

7 comments… add one
  • Amanda Jean

    Your trip looks like a wonderful vacation…even with sick kids. Your children are beautiful. Enjoy! I’ll be thinking of you as you do the parenting thing alone. Good luck. Amanda

  • Colleen

    What a fun time together. I’m so thankful for that special time for your family. We would loved to have been there too! We love a good vacation. Kennedy and Nathan are so cute. Nathan’s expressions just make me laugh. Kennedy always finds a way to enjoy to the max. We love you! One day closer to when Bri comes home!

  • callingallinglets

    When Matt went on his mission, someone told me to count Fast Sundays. The time flies by that way. Well, not really, but it helps. Your vacation looked amazing and the American Girl doll store really looked fun. Did you all eat at the Bistro? Fun for Nathan. Everyone one has to have a feminine side.
    We are praying for all of you. Are you coming this summer?

  • Burke family

    What a fun trip! I too love seeing Nathan’s expressions as he takes everything in. What a cutie! And that Kennedy… she definitely has her daddy wrapped around her little finger. That’s what daddies are for, right? To spoil there little girls. 🙂 Hugs to you all!

  • Janet

    I’m glad you all had such a great time – in spite of being sick!! I think that was just what your little family needed – some time to make some good memories together before Daddy had to head off. I love the picture of Kennedy, Nathan, and Bitty Baby in bed. So cute!!! Hugs and Kisses for all of you!!

  • Tara

    What a wonderful vacation! Knowing how to have fun sure runs in the family! I’m glad you were able to enjoy a fun weekend together before Bri took off. I love the part where you almost got kicked out of the museum :-)!! See you soon!!!

  • Hatt family

    It’s amazing to me to see how much there is to discover! It seems like that’s always when we get the most sick is right before a big trip, or on a trip! What a fun adventure! You are all our heroes!

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