Saturday, May 19, 2018

Coolidge Park and Rock City

Saturday morning we ate breakfast at our hotel and then headed into Chattanooga! I had really wanted to check out the Chattanooga Zoo and the Creative Discovery Museum but even though we didn't have time for those, I wanted to be sure we at least went into the city for a bit. We headed to Coolidge Park to ride the antique carousel (1894!) and were able to check out the Tennessee River which would be fun to spend time on during our next visit as well. From there we made our way to Rock City where I was excited to see Lookout Mountain. There are all kinds of other attractions there as well...an incline railroad, battle for Chattanooga history, and Ruby Falls. We were planning to do the Ruby Falls and Rock City combo ticket but worried we wouldn't have time so opted to only do one and it was nice to not feel rushed so I think it was a good call.
Rock City ended up being pretty fun even though the tickets were pricey. The kids all really liked it which surprised me honestly haha, and once we got away from the huge group of Asian tourists who arrived at the same time we did it really felt like we were on our own most of the time. The trails were pretty, the views impressive and the gnome caves a surprise hit with the kids who said it reminded them of Disney :-). Not to mention it is amazing that you can see 7 states from the top!
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Edwin McCain concert in Chattanooga (and some randoms)

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Chattanooga has been on my list of places to visit so when Mike saw Edwin McCain was playing at a cool little theatre there it was decided...that would be the weekend for our trip! We planned it long ago and in the end we ended up having to cut our time there a little short because we needed to get the rest of our belongings from Texas up to Georgia before we moved into our new place. Although we managed to fit a lot in, we would love to go back. Chattanooga is definitely a fun little city! It's not crowded or crazy, it is beautiful all nestled in a green valley with the river running through it, there is tons to do, and it's full of cool old buildings.
We left Friday as soon as Addie and Preston got home from school, but the traffic as we went through Atlanta was horrendous and added almost an entire hour to the drive. We grabbed some fast food and got the kids settled in the hotel and then headed out to the concert.
The venue was really cool and the opener was an amazingly talented singer name Jenn Grinels. It was really strange when Edwin McCain first came out because I haven't followed him at all since the days when his songs were on the radio when I was in college so to me he was just suddenly old haha. I could have been in line at the store behind him and never known it was him! It was a good show with a good mix of his old favorites and songs I didn't recognize. The musicians who play with him have been with him forever (28 and 22 years!) and are super talented!
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One of my favorite love songs ever...



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And some randoms from earlier in the week that I haven't had a chance to post...
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from Instagram "I just walked up a little hill outside where Addie and Preston are practicing and noticed how if I looked at just the right angle it looked like a huge beautiful flowery field instead of what it really was. I’ve felt a bit grumpy the last few days and it was a good reminder that usually I just need to change my perspective to turn things around 🌻."
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Last day of swim practice before summer swim started and they did the rock, paper, scissors relay. Ella's group did this recently and I had never seen it before but it's really fun.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Celebrating Preston (and Field Day Fun)

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We celebrated Preston's birthday early and he had no complaints about that :-). We had waffles, eggs and bacon for breakfast and he picked steak, green beans, corn and garlic bread for dinner with cookie cake for dessert. He was so excited to open his presents and even more excited that between all the extended family his little wish list was completed.
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Earlier that day was Preston's Field Day and I got some pictures of him from his teacher (luckily I didn't have to go because it was ALL day and on the hottest day of the year by far, Addie was not happy about it haha)...
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