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The perks of living in Atlanta: Part I.

love Atlanta.  We moved here from middle-of-cornfields-Indiana, and, while I’ve never considered myself much of a city person, it is wonderful to live within ten minutes of Olive Garden, Target, Costco, and everything else that isn’t just Walmart (seriously, we used to hang out at Walmart, because that’s all there was).

So, last weekend, we drove twenty minutes to the fifth closest mall to our house (not exaggerating): the Mall of Georgia.  Just to hang out.

Kaylie picked her own clothes:

Kaylie asked to wear her Star Wars shirt and her pink skirt.

Kaylie asked to wear her Star Wars shirt and her pink skirt.

TOO. CUTE.  I love that she paired her Star Wars shirt with a girly pink skirt.  That’s three-year-old fashion sense for you!

We went to the Disney Store (just to play), threw pennies into an indoor fountain, and ate lunch at the food court.  There’s a carousel in the food court, and our seats were right next to it, so Kaylie enjoyed watching it go around.  She asked to go on it, and we explained to her that sometimes fun things cost money, and so we can’t do them very often, so, no, we were not going to ride it today….and she was great about it.  We had fun just watching it.  But, as we were preparing to leave the food court, Casey discreetly checked out how much the carousel cost to ride…..and then we bought her a ticket.

First time on the carousel!

First time on the carousel!

We didn’t get any great pictures, because every time I asked her to smile at Daddy, she responded, “No, I’m just going to have fun.”  Ha!  But she loved it….she kept exclaiming “I’m a cowgirl!” throughout the ride, and when it was over, she said goodbye to her horse.

The other one.

The other one.

Wil never seems to make it into these posts, but he’s getting cuter (I’m not a baby person).  He was a doll waiting with Casey during the carousel ride, so we somehow ended up with better pictures of him than her at this point!  He’s a good kid.

"I want to go inside!"

“I want to go inside!”

Then we walked around some more, and we found a cardboard TARDIS in a shop window.  Kaylie kept asking to go inside while I was trying to take her picture, and at first we thought she meant inside the store…and then she corrected us–she wanted to go inside the TARDIS……me, too, honey.

Dancing with Darth Vader?  Flashing him?  I'm not quite sure.

Dancing with Darth Vader? Flashing him? I’m not quite sure.

And then we met Darth Vader.  Well, a cardboard version of him.

It’s nice living in a real city!

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Etsy sneak peek.

I’ve recently gotten back into crafting…..and gosh, does it feel good!  I love making things.

…So I’m starting an Etsy shop.  I haven’t listed anything yet, but I just finished making the first two batches of what I intend to sell.  Now it’s just down to the logistics of getting the listings up and figuring out policies and such.  But I’m so excited about finishing this first step that I thought I’d give y’all a sneak peek before I get them up for sale!

So, here they are:

Doctor Who TARDIS ribbon tag blankets.

Doctor Who TARDIS ribbon tag blankets.

Pirate ribbon tag blankets with coordinating pirate burp cloths.

Pirate ribbon tag blankets with coordinating pirate burp cloths.

I’m sure you’ll hear more from me once I’ve officially gotten my shop up and going.  For now, thanks for letting me share! 🙂


The snow.

I live in Atlanta.

Yes, we got “the snow.”

This is our second Atlanta winter.  Prior to that, my last fifteen winters were spent in Colorado, Alaska, and northern Indiana.  Generally, I walk by all the bundled-up Georgians in Walmart and mentally shake my head and scoff, “This isn’t real cold–this is Georgia!” while I brave the barely-below-freezing temperatures in long-sleeves and a fleece jacket.  These Georgians can be cute.

But yesterday, it snowed.  I mean, I think we might’ve gotten two whole inches!  While life carries on like normal in two feet of Alaskan snow, two inches here was enough to shut the city down.  My husband left work early at 12:30 yesterday, and what should have been a half-hour commute (at most) took him three and a half hours.  Today, there are thousands upon thousands of abandoned vehicles on the roads, left behind by people who ran out of gas from idling so long or preferred to walk to shelter; stranded commuters booked every hotel in the area last night and even camped out at retail stores and strangers’ houses.  I even read there was a baby born in traffic yesterday.

It’s ridiculous, I know.  But in my city’s defense, Atlanta is not used to snow, and therefore is not equipped for it.  They don’t keep the resources and personnel on hand to clear snow and salt or gravel the roads (and they shouldn’t–there are better ways to spend tax dollars than preparing for weather we almost never get).  And while it may be easy for us northerners to shake our heads in disbelief at how little these Atlantans know about driving in a dusting of snow, I will point out that there is a huge difference between driving on salted/gravelled roads and driving on nothing but snow and ice.  I learned how to drive in Alaska, where studded tires are a must in winter; I used to think Indiana drivers were complete and utter wusses in winter, until my first non-studded experience nearly skidding through an icy intersection at a red light.  Driving on unsalted, icy roads is much the same; it’s far more treacherous than those of us who are used to salt and gravel would expect.

But, on the up-side……

One of my very few regrets about moving to the South is that the thought of my kids growing up without snow in the winter.  No sledding?  Snowball fights?  Snowboarding, or snowmen?  So I was very excited that we could take Kaylie outside to play in our little dusting yesterday!

Snow! .....What do I do?

Snow! …..What do I do?

She was very excited at the prospect of playing in the snow she saw from her window, but once we bundled her up and got her outside, I don’t think she knew what to do with it…..

There's snow on our new van!

There’s snow on our new van!

So, in typical Kaylie fashion, she wiped the snow off of our van!  Because it shouldn’t be there.  (Yesterday and today, every time she looks out the window, the first thing she says is, “There’s snow on our new van!”)

Kaylie's version of a snowball.

Kaylie’s version of a snowball.

Casey encouraged her to try to throw snowballs.  And she tried to make a snow angel.  She came in covered in melting snow, but she had a blast.

And, the cold weather was a great opportunity for me to try out my new heat-transforming TARDIS mug!

It disappears!

It disappears!

The hot chocolate made the TARDIS disappear from the streets of London!  I could almost hear it while I watched it fade….

...and reappears!

…and reappears!

The TARDIS reappears on the other side of the mug, amidst stars and galaxies.  I think I’m going to get back into drinking coffee again…..