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Happy Fall!

Love cool AMs spent outside with the pups.  This AM I took 2 of the 3 (on the PTC golf cart paths – it just isn’t wide enough for all 3 to come) for a 5K walk followed by a brief dip in Lake Peachtree!  I love taking pictures although they are all from the iPhone – but I was pretty proud of these few today and just wanted to share.  What are your favorite fall activities with your furry friends?

More to come from these 3 this fall!



Just before they ran off to chase some squirrels!

And don’t worry about Devon – we go for lots of walks at home and I’ve been rotating them each Friday (mommy’s morning out!)

Check out Devy Weather for a whole post dedicated to her!

And finally while on the topic of dogs – here is a fun one from yesterday after the kids went to bed:





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2013 Summertime Fun!

LL and I were just going through pictures from this summer and I started to write down all the things we did.  It didn’t seem like a lot at the time, but we kept very busy this summer!  I thought I would do a post to document, highlight some local attractions, and ofcourse breakout more pictures!

Our summer started off in May with our trip to Hilton Head Island, SC.
Check that out here!

Also in May was the Senoia Memorial Day Festival.  Always a fun one!  (I think this also kicked off the summer of face/arm painting, a new favorite of our LL)

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June brought lots of outdoor activities around the house/yard at home and with friends:


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Strawberry Picking at Adam’s Farm in Fayetteville, GA


Summer Fun Days at LL’s Preschool


Walks around Lake Peachtree for me, LM, and Bax


Newnan Utilities Splash Pad – See that and other activities in my first
Summer Fun Post!

Southern Ground Senoia Social (didn’t get any pictures – but fun times listening to good music, supporting a great cause, and even a surprise on-stage appearance by Zac Brown!)

More Berry Picking at Whitely Farms in Sharpsburg


Doggie Swimtime at Drake Field in Peachtree City


Grant Park Playground with old friends (and a sighting of our old neighbors from Grant Park – the APD Mounted Patrol)

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Shenanigan’s Toys Indoor Playground (awesome addition to PTC – but don’t tell too many people it’s a hidden gem that is never too busy!)

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Exhausted yet?  That was only June – now on to July, which kicked off with our trip to

Neighborhood Garage Sale (to earn some nice spending $$)

LL’s 1st Haircut (and LM’s 5th!)


North Carolina/South Carolina Trip
(Finally documented late HERE!)

The Rock Ranch Summer Fun Days

Blueberry Picking right up the street from us

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My niece’s 9th birthday party (camping in her backyard!)

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VBS at New Church (kids attended, I helped lead up the Craft area)

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AND finally there was August!

We always enjoy Newnan Market Days

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Uncle S’s 20-something birthday


Giant Snake on our Front Porch (ok this was NOT fun – but I documented.  It was seriously 4 ft long and I had to get some neighbors to come “take care of”)


Oakland Cemetery and Six Feet Under with city friends


August Kids Photo Shoot to support our neighbor’s daughter – Erin Spruell


Turin Tractor Parade & Pull


Too much rain in August!


Starlite Family Fun Center Toddler Time

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Grant Park Summer Shade Festival (and more Six Feet Under)


Devon’s 10th Birthday!

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LL’s 1st Day of 3-year old Preschool


AND finally it was Labor Day weekend.  Rainy for the most part, but we enjoyed some time outside at the Power’s Fest.  See some pictures from my last Sunday post.

And how could I forget – my LM’s first day of Mother’s Morning Out.  Seems like just yesterday LL was starting this.  Time is flying. 

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Thanks for stopping by.  Hopefully we’ll have lots of fun to post about in the Fall – the BEST time of the year!  But this year it may be hard to compete with such a fun-filled Summer!

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You went to Arkansas on vacation? (July Travels Part I)

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Sorry Les – but that was the reaction I received from most people.  BUT my response is YES and had a blast!  (Minus the stomach bug we all passed around.)  It is true, me and the kids (and later Steven) flew into XNA (Zena I have been told by pilot friends) aka Northwest Arkansas for a week of friends, fun, sun, and memories!

Dear friends of ours, ones I met my sophomore year of college at PSU a few years (13 – ahhh!) ago, moved to Fayetteville, AR a few years back.  People who don’t have the immediate reaction of why? go immediately to “oh – they must work for Walmart!”  BINGO!  But really it is a fun, college town, that I had a blast exploring.  It was filled with little parks, cool restaurants, interesting people-watching (although not many were there during the summer), and just a vibe that made me feel “young and cool” again!

Some of the places we visited were:

Northweat AR Naturals game at Arvest Park.  I’m becoming a big fan of minor league baseball.  Our first experience was at at Chattanooga Lookouts game last August.  Minor league games attract a smaller, yet more family friendly crowd (in my experience.)  Case in point, this night was kids eat free (also for LM that consisted of Doritos dipped in ketchup!)  And to make that even sweeter – kids under a certain age (3 maybe?)  don’t have to buy tickets – so free meals with no tickets – bonus!  A playground in the outfield, lots of shade (still with great views), plenty of entertainment (my favorite was the eyeball race for a local eyecare center), and a Sasquatch & dragon as mascots – I couldn’t have asked for more!

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Wilson Park is just a short block away from our friends house.  And is one of the coolest parks I’ve ever seen.  It has a castle!  The kids enjoyed going up to the tower and looking down.  Checking out the fish in the little pond.  Walking over the bridge.  This is such a gem so close to home for them!  The park also has a pool, 2 more large playgrounds, ball fields, and lots of trees and space!  I was told students come and hang hammocks in between the trees to hang out too – how fun!

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Before going to the lake we drove into Bentonville, AR (home to Walmart headquarters) to visit the Bentonville Splash Park in Lawrence Plaza.  This is a quality splash park.  Huge, flat, some shade, plenty of seating, restrooms, they really got it right here.  And as an added bonus a few food trucks set up around there – so for lunch we checked out Crepes Paulette Food Truck and was not disappointed!  I had a turkey reuben crepe.  LM had a blueberry sweet crepe, and I’ve never seen LL eat so well with her ham and cheese sweet crepe!  Great find!

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Next we drove up to Beaver Lake to spend the remainder of our trip.  They have a decked-out, amazing, beautiful lake home, complete with 5 bedrooms and all the toys you could want!  No detail was missed as they have truly made this a home to relax, enjoy, and not worry about anything!

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One day we drove the boat out to eat at JJ’s – a floating restaurant.  Decent food but the highlight was the ginormous fish that the kids enjoyed feeding!  We did have to rush out of there after our LM got sick.  Combo of a nasty tummy bug we all were passing around and motion sickness.

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A few more highlights from the lake included:

Polaris (ATV) for getting down to the docks:

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Pontoon Boat: (I had Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” stuck in my head all week!)  That is me and LM being pulled behind the boat on a raft!  (Also went with LL too!)

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Jetski: (Even LL took a ride on this!)

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Floating Island: (Great for little ones, and to top off just floating off the dock – Steven even got to fill this up with a modified leaf-blower!)

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So thank you to our dear friends and their parents for having us out for a week of fun, sun, memories, and more!  Can’t wait to come back or visit another new place with you again soon!

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As a thank you – we sent them BumFloats.  Basically diapers for adults to float in the water – hands free.  The review was that they worked, just looked funny!


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