I hope everyone had a good July 4th weekend!
On Saturday morning Ava and I flew to Atlanta so she could meet her newest cousin, Liam, and see her other cousin, Gabe, her Uncle Marshall (my little brother), his wife, Aunt Katie, and other members of their family. Mom had already been in Atlanta 2 weeks prior so we would be reunited with her again in just over an hour!
Ava was very good on the flight to Atlanta, to my relief, as I was flying with her by myself for the first time. She was happily preoccupied with a pop-up book, food, a bottle, various toys, and our friendly neighbors on the plane!
Soon enough we were in the rental car with mom heading to Farm Burger for lunch because yours truly was starving. Farm Burger is a burger joint that serves grass-fed beef, is chef-inspired, seasonal, and is sourced from local farms. The casual eatery came highly recommended from our VRBO owner. I felt bad Tommy wasn’t with us on this trip as this burger place would have been right up his alley…
Once we were done with lunch we headed over to our VRBO rental for the weekend. You may remember we are recent pleased fans of VRBO from here and here. Lets just say I wasn’t impressed with this rental – while it certainly provided us with a roof over our heads, the owner did the absolute bare minimum for the rental, we will just leave it at that. Mom and I relaxed for a bit at the house while Ava took a much needed, albeit, short nap.
Pretty soon we were on our way to meet up with Katie, one of her sister’s, Megan, Gabe and Liam at one of their favorite neighborhood restaurants, Shorty’s Pizza to join them for their late-lunch (and our early-dinner). Unfortunately Marshall was working on this day so we were unable to see him until the next morning. Much to all of hearts delight Ava and Gabe got along very well and Ava was quickly smitten with Liam!
After we were done eating we wanted to give Ava and Gabe the opportunity to run around so we headed to a nearby park for a bit.
Pretty soon it was time to part ways as Little Miss was very tired from her busy day and I knew bed time was around the corner. Once Ava was tucked in mom and I enjoyed watching the Swimming and Track & Field Olympic Trials on TV. Who else is pumped for the Olympics next month?!
The next morning mom, Ava, and I decided to head into downtown Decatur to walk around for a bit before meeting up with everyone again. We stopped in a coffee shop, Dancing Goats, that Tommy and I had discovered on our last trip to Atlanta. We enjoyed some Joe and bites, while people-and-dog-watching, before strolling back to our car to meet up with the gang for the day’s major event – the Atlanta Children’s Museum! A few weeks ago when I began planning out this trip I thought it would be fun to take the kids somewhere to play and be rowdy. Well this museum certainly did the trick!
As a first-time parent coming to a museum like this I was pretty impressed with the layout of the space and how many fun, educational, and engaging activities they had for children of all ages. They had a number of fun interactive exhibits: a supermarket, a farm-to-table restaurant, and a construction-building site to name a few, a painting station, sand tables, train stations, live skits and performances and a number of other things. At first I thought the price was a bite high, but it ended up being worth it seeing how happy Ava and Gabe were and that we were able to do a fun activity inside away from the hot, humid weather. Grandma treating didn’t hurt either. 😉
A little while later we were all getting hungry so I treated our gang that included mom, Katie, her sister Megan, Ava, Gabe, and Liam to lunch in downtown Decatur at Twain’s Brewpub and Billiards. Needless to say we were all famished and a little irritable once we finally sat down so each of the adults promptly ordered alcoholic beverages and our food choices were decided upon very quickly!
Ava began to have a slight meltdown during lunch due to tiredness so mom, Ava, and I quickly said our good-byes and headed back to our house to see if Ava would take a nap – which she did not. It ended up working out because that enabled us to go visit Marshall at work since he was at the salt mines yet again. I’m sad to report that Ava and her Uncle’s reuniting wasn’t the best – she seemed shy and a little scared of him! I honestly think several factors were in play here as she is normally so friendly and outgoing – she was very tired from the day’s activities, she was a bit under the weather, and she hadn’t seen him since she was a month old. Towards the end of our visit she started warming up to him, but not enough to let him hold her. Honestly, I think she was unsure of his beard. Oh well.
Later on back at the house with Ava asleep, mom and I watched a bit more of the Olympic trials before heading to bed a bit early. We were all exhausted!
On Monday morning, July 4th, Katie’s other sister, Kristen, and her boyfriend, Anthony, had us over for brunch before we headed to the airport. It was lovely and a great send-off!
All in all it was a sweet little visit to see the family. I only hope the next time Ava sees her Uncle she’s a little more open and friendly. 🙂
Have a great night!
What I wrote on this day in 2014.
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