Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Home Again!

Tuesday, the 7th, our flight home from Atlanta was in the late afternoon. We had talked about going to the small LEGOLAND in the city before heading out, but the kids were all so exhausted that they didn't even want to! We just relaxed at the hotel and went swimming one more time before packing up and heading to lunch. Mike did some quick research on a good place for our last meal in Atlanta and we headed to Ann's Snack Bar. It was a teeny little place but the food was awesome! We headed to the airport stuffed and ready to relax :-). For a couple hours we hung out with tv, free wifi and lots of snacks before it was on the airplane and home again.
Then it was right back to school, photo shoots, swim practices, homework and piano lessons.
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easter treats from nana and granddad were waiting to welcome us home
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for the first time EVER, not one person in our group picked the right winner for the NCAA basketball tourney!
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My very last MAD Lab with Ella Bella!!! So crazy! I think I missed 2 during all her elementary years.
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Preston had been saving his souvenir money for LEGOLAND so when we didn't end up going he was promised a trip to Target's lego aisle instead. after MUCH deliberation this is what he picked.
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Mack came into town for a night to do some business and it was great to see him! (and just happened to be siblings day too)
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Addie's first bubble gum bubble!!!
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Saturday, the 11th, Ella was supposed to have her big 5th grade choir field trip to Kemah Boardwalk. We have had the absolute worst weather on almost every weekend this year though and it ended up getting cancelled because severe thunderstorms were supposed to come. It ended up just raining for about an hour that afternoon though...right during Preston's baseball game which was NOT cancelled haha!
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Ella ended up inviting Claire and Madeline over instead and these kids devoured 4 artichokes!!!
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The next day Ella went to the 2nd day of the first long course swim meet of the season. The morning started out terrible weather-wise, but luckily cleared up so the meet went on. It wasn't a great day of swims, but it was good to get the first long course meet over with. We are looking forward to the next one in mid-May.
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(ella is standing at the starting blocks in the middle lane)
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My little lego-lover showing his love for me :-)
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and another week of editing, swim practices and cats being weird :-).
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Masters 2015!!!

So, the reason we were in Atlanta Easter weekend at all was to head to the Monday practice round of the Masters in Augusta, GA. We had very low expectations for how the kids would do heading in. It is after all a lot of walking with not a lot of action...plus no electronics as back-up :-). Much to our surprise the kids did amazingly well though! We were up before 5am to drive to Augusta, arrived at 7:30am and ended up staying until 5:30pm before starting the drive back to Atlanta. Go kiddos :-)!
I had no idea what to really expect but was looking forward to actually seeing it all in person after hearing so much about it from Mike. It was absolutely gorgeous!!! And golf fan or not, you definitely get caught up in the Masters spirit while there!
We ate lots of Masters food (and bought the kids anything they wanted as part of our get-them-through-the-day strategy). The weather was perfect for most the day as well. Nice and cool in the morning, overcast, and not too hot. Since the forecast had been predicting a 90% chance of rain for that day, we came prepared with umbrellas and were so thankful we didn't need them. The sun did come out for a bit in the afternoon and the kids were also getting a little restless at that time, so we found a shady spot to sit and relax for awhile.
We were trying to wait it out a bit and see if Tiger would make an appearance and our patience eventually paid off! Mike saw his name had been added to the board as being at the practice tee. Then we just had to see if he would start at hole 1 or 10. We decided to wait it out at hole 10 since we were near there. After hanging out for awhile with NO golfers coming through a nice security guard came over and let us know he heard Tiger was at hole 1. So we booked it to hole 3 to claim a good seat. It all worked out perfectly! We got a great spot, saw him practicing up close and then from there we headed out to the car. As we were leaving Tiger walked by again coming from another hole and the crowds following him were INSANE!
I'd say it was a pretty perfect day! A long and tiring day, but a perfect one too :-)!
our selfie before leaving the phone in the car and heading in
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breakfast!
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Preston in his Masters gear is just about the cutest thing I've ever seen!
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We managed to meet up with Papa, Chrissy, Zach and baby Brooks without cell phones...you forget what life was like without them!
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our official picture from the Master's photographer :-)
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there were some dramatic moments :-)
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loading up for lunch
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The hill up on the right is where we went to sit and watch the golfers skip balls along the water for a bit. It was a nice place to relax!
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this little lady was just too cute decked out head to toe in her masters green
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Hanging out at hole 10 before speed walking to hole 3.
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Camped out and ready to see Tiger Woods!
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The kids were so excited to see Tiger on TV after we returned home from seeing him in person :-).
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waiting for him to cross as we were leaving and then the swarms of people following him...
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Goodbye Masters!
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after one last stretching break :-)
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