Showing posts with label Atlanta. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Atlanta. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

photojournalism

{On the Range} is my weekly series (or sometimes semi-monthly series, I guess) where I discuss what we're doing, reading, and eating. It's a little bit 52 project and other photo projects, and a little bit {Did you Read?} and {In the Ranger Kitchen}.


On the Range
{Weeks 21 - 27}
May 21 - July 8, 2013 

"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week in 2013"...

May 21 - 27: Hung out with Grandpa Jim and family in Charlotte and then in N. GA Mtns.
May 28 - June 3rd: Cousins time! Spent time at Auntie M's and then settled in at Mom's.
June 4 - 10: The start of a truly astounding amount of rain. Not much done outside on this trip, except camp.
June 11 - 17: Vivi and I got to eat lunch together at a camp cookout. I call this one "serious face with condiments."
June 18 - 24: Vivi playing big-ball soccer. She has a blue ribbon on her head. You can tell she had no fun at camp.
June 18 - 24 (2): This is from Carnival Day, the last day of camp. We had such a good time!
June 25 - July 1: We went to Vogel State Park for a week for an annual family reunion.
July 2 - 8: We returned home to find record hot temps in the high 90s. 

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Saturday morning Southern biscuits


I've been wanting to invite you into our Saturday morning milieu for a while. Then Deb posted a recipe for biscuits this week, and it became my destiny to share our ritual with you. For whatever reason--probably having to do with fond memories of the time--Saturday morning is when I miss my family most. Being away from home as long as I have (10 years and counting! Can that be right?), I've learned to create pockets of time--little homes away from home--that feed the fire of home that burns in my gut no matter how many feet of snow might be trying to freeze it.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

off to the hizzot in the ATL...

I'm leaving for Atlanta today to celebrate Charlotte & my mom's birthdays and see my Dad and family over Labor Day weekend. Take a look at the weather I'll be missing while I'm gone...


The hot bugs are still chirping, but their swan song won't last long. Fall is getting ramped up, and I venture it's here to stay. It's a rare experience for me to have autumn begin on September 1st, with the brief exception of our two years in Madison, WI. Meanwhile, my home state of Georgia will still be in the 90's all week. I can only hope Boston's version of my favorite season lasts longer than a week (unlike the spring up here, apparently). Please don't start the winter yet. I'm not ready. Ok, I admit to having already bought snow pants for the girls, but that's only because last year I couldn't find any in January and because I got a great deal at Old Navy. But I'm not ready to be cold yet! Do you hear me, weather? I'm not ready yet!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

rule of three

There's a great Latin phrase, omne trium perfectum, which means everything that comes in three is perfect. Well, I'm not certain about the perfection part, but Atlanta has called to me three times over the past few days. I recently learned from a friend that Music Midtown, my favorite concert when I was growing up, is moving to Piedmont Park this fall after a 6-year hiatus. How exciting! Great band choices too, I might add. Then the same day my mom told me about an affordable house for sale in a nice midtown neighborhood, and it got me intrigued to find out more, so I adopted Nate's hobby of "house-surfing." Have you heard of the site called RedFin yet? Nate loves to go on there and look for houses, sometimes in our area, and sometimes in other places we've considered living. At first I thought it was kind of a weird pastime, but when I got into it myself, I realized it's fun! I'm surprised how much the market has fallen; it's been a while since I've talked to anyone about house prices in Atlanta. While it can be fun, consider yourself forewarned that house-surfing is also slightly maddening because you find all these great places, and your energy has nowhere to go except back into looking for more houses.

Nate and I have a love-hate thing going on with the idea of moving back to Atlanta some day. On the one hand, it would be soooo great to move home where we have tons of friends and family. And on the other hand, it's...Atlanta. I can't help but remember the reasons we moved away: the heat, the traffic, the rude customer service, the seeming lack of care for the environment. Sigh. If we did move back, we'd love to live in Druid Hills or Decatur. There are some beautiful homes for sale there right now! I can't help but share a few I found [N.B. If you're reading this blog post even a few weeks after I published it, these links may not still work]. We LOVE craftsman bungalows, and nowhere we've lived outside the south has had very many of them. Check this one out. And how about this Victorian home? I can't believe it's less than $500k! Every place we've lived before you can just forget about owning one unless you're a millionaire.

The last in the trifecta of strange coincidences is that I watched an episode of "Throwdown with Bobby Flay," and he was in where of all places but a cool organic restaurant in the Morningside area. For those of you wondering, no we're not planning to move back to Atlanta any time soon. Nate's job is going well, and we're making an honest attempt to grow roots in Boston. But as with my dream to go to nursing school, moving home is always on my mind somewhere. And it would seem that either Atlanta, or my subconscious, is trying to draw that dream to the forefront.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Vogel 2011

My family has been going to Vogel State Park for a summer reunion since my dad was a little kid. It was, along with camp, my favorite part of the year when I was growing up; I would count the weeks leading up to when I would get to see my cousins again. I am happy to report that Vivi now loves Vogel as much as I always have. Charlotte attended her first Vogel this year and was welcomed with lots of kisses and coos...as well as many of the ever-present "Gerber baby" comments. She was the perfect baby as usual, sleeping 12 hours at night and 2 1.5 hr naps in an upstairs closet at my aunt's cabin. We stuffed ourselves at the group feed, swam in the lake, hiked to Helton Creek falls, played in a playground, shopped at the Blairsville Farmers Market, participated in the annual mini golf tournament, and played hide-and-seek with my sisters. Vivi and her cousin Anna played many hours of "the princess and the queen," with each of them constantly vying for position as leader of the pack. They love to be together, and by the end of the week they were like sisters, whining "she's touching me!" from the back of the car. I enjoyed spending a relaxing week with my family, and I'm already looking forward to next year. Let the countdown begin!




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