Friday, July 29, 2016

Sunsational Swim Lessons

A few weeks ago we were given the opportunity to let the kids try out a new swim school. Let us just tell you how excited we were to learn that Sunsational Swim School sends an instructor directly to your pool for private lessons. Not only did we get to just take the kids to our neighborhood poop but we also got to choose the times! For two moms with full schedules this was amazing!


We spend the majority of our summer bouncing between the pool, the lake, and the beach. We know that swim lessons are just one important life long skill that our children will need. Sunsational swim school created a lesson plan catered to each one of our children's needs and partnered it with a mix of water safety lessons - the perfect combo for all of our water loving babies!


To learn more about our thoughts and experience with the Sunsational Swim School check out our review on Savvy Sassy Moms HERE.


Trust us, while there was some of this...



And this...


There was lots of this! :)


Does your child take swim lessons? 
What inspired you to sign them up? Did they enjoy them?



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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Life Lately


Hi Everyone! Just thought I would pop in and give everyone a little update on life lately. Carrie Beth has been graciously holding down the blog for the entire month of July so far, and I am forever thankful for her and several special people in our life that have supported us over the last few weeks. 

On July 1st we received a call that my father-in-law was being taken to the hospital. From that point on our lives have been a blur. We made the trek to the family farm about an hour and a half from our home (which in Atlanta time translates to really three hours from our home - gotta love traffic), and haven't been home since. 

Days have been filled with long hospitals stays, meals on the go, and even the occasional waiting room slumber party. 

We've kept our spirits up only by the grace of God and truly some of the most wonderful people on this earth that we are lucky enough to call our family and friends. 

My heart goes out to anyone who has to spend long lengths at the hospital. It is taxing on both your body and your emotions. 

To the nurses, doctors, and other families who were also lucky enough to call the ICU waiting room their home along with us these last few weeks, I know we are forever grateful. Without their drive to lift up our spirits, say prayers along with us, and bring us copious amounts of Krispy Kreme donuts day and night we might not have survived. 

We still have a long road ahead of us. A road that is completely unknown. But if we have learned anything in this situation, we need to trust that the right path will be given to us. 

With that said, life is moving forward at a rapid pace - whether we are prepared or not. School is on the horizon (insert major tears here), and activities are resuming. So, I will be back shortly wowing you with my attempts at crafting, latest kitchen disasters, and new exercise routines (because you don't eat hospital food and Krispy Kreme donuts for 25 days straight and expect to have a body like a super model). 

With all the love, 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Atlanta Attractions: Sky View Atlanta

Last week after our World of Coca-Cola tour we walked across Centennial Olympic Park to the CNN Center to eat lunch.  They have a food court there with a lot of options so it was perfect for our crew.  After that we made the short walk to Sky View Atlanta.  I have been wanting to take my kids on this giant ferris wheel downtown since it opened a few years ago.  It looked like such a fun way to see the city from way up high, but the Mr. had no desire to go on it.  I tired several times to convince him to go and he really just could have cared less about it. He told me it seemed too "touristy" to do and that if I wanted to go with the kids than go for it so that is what we did. I love being a tourist in our own city and this was the perfect activity to round out our field trip downtown!  



We walked right up and bought our tickets there.  You can purchase ahead of time if you want.  



We waited for the riders ahead of us to have their turn and then we were loaded into the car.  

The website says that 2-6 people can ride in each gondola, but they allowed us to have 7 in ours.  I'm sure it's a weight limit thing because there was plenty of room.  We had two adults and 5 kids.  


You take 4 full rotations around the ferris wheel and you get wonderful views of the city and of Centennial Olympic Park, which is gorgeous from way up high!  




We loved the ride and had a lot of fun.  Each gondola is fully enclosed and temperature controlled, which is nice because it was a super hot day!  


After our ride we walked across the street to the park and I wish I would have brought the kids swimsuits so they could run through the fountains.  It would have bene the perfect way to cool off after the long day, but Blondie had soccer early that evening, so we had to head home.  We did stop to make wishes and throw pennies in the fountain first though and I let the kids play on the playground for a very quick minute.  



It was a great day and so much fun to be downtown!  

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Atlanta Attractions: World of Coca-Cola

Last week the kids and I took a fun field trip downtown with some friends and checked out the World of Coca-Cola.  We went last summer also and had so much fun so we decided to go back again this summer, too.  

This is such a fun and interactive museum and it's really fun for all ages.  Upon entering this year we were greeted with an ice cold Coke!  That was something new this year and I loved that it set the tone of the rest of the day.

Side note...obviously I didn't get the "wear your Lilly romper memo" or I would have worn mine, too. :-)  Seriously though, don't the girls look so cute in theirs?!?!  These rompers are cute, comfortable, and keep them feeling cool on such a hot day.  


Next you are ushered into a room with a lot of Coca-Cola artifacts and hear a little history from a very entertaining gentleman.  


After hearing what he has to say you watch a short feel good movie about how Coke is involved in all sorts of happy memories and moments in life all around the world and then you are on your own to explore the other exhibits and areas of the museum.  


In the Lobby we were able to meet and get our picture taken with the famous Coca-Cola polar bear!  


Up first for our crew was The Vault.  This is where they tell you the secret recipe for Coca-Cola is stored. You go through a security clearance and then there are all sorts of interactive displays. Some have you try to create the perfect blend of ingredients to make Coke, and others are more informative.  




At the very end of this section you see the special vault door where the recipe is kept.  If you cross the line the alarm sounds and the kids though this was very real. 


The next area we toured was Milestones of Refreshment.  Here there are tons of history and artifacts.
From old Coca-Cola machines to even an old delivery truck, there is so much fun history to see.



It also shows the signature Coca-Cola logo and there are touch screens where you can try your hand and writing the same logo.  


There is also a lot of sports memorabilia in this area.  From Olympic pins, to the torches used in the Olympics from various years and even super bowl rings.  


















Because Coca-Cola is such a huge sponsor of the Olympics they even had a torch that will be used in the Summer Olympics this year in Rio and you could touch it and have your picture made holding it!






Bottle Works takes you through the steps and process of bottling Coca-Cola and the boys loved this part.  Lots of machines! 



Pop Culture is set up like an art museum and showcases all sorts of artwork featuring Coke. 





There is also a place where you can design your own Coke bottle and have it displayed up above on a big screen.  The kids loved this and let their creativity flow. 


Perfect Pauses showed all sorts of Coca-Cola advertising from throughout the years and across the world. 


Then we were ready for the 4-D Theater.  I remember this being really fun from last year.  

We got 3-D glasses and were ready for the show.  The seats shake and move around, wind and a tiny bit of water is blown on you and you really feel like you are in the movie.  It's a fun experience, but could be a little scary for really young kids.  


And last, but not least we went to the Taste It room where we got to taste over 100 different types of Coca-Cola products from all over the world.  


The room is divided into different areas from around the world with self-serve dispensers so you can taste all that you want!  






One of the popular drinks, Beverly, is not popular for it's great taste, but rather for how bad most people think it is!  I was so happy to have my phone out to snap this pic of Little Mama when she tasted it!  



You exit the World of Coca-Cola though the tasting room and on your way out you get to take a glass bottle home with you. My kids loved this!  


I would definitely recommend the World of Coca-Cola to others.  It was such a fun day for us and as I mentioned before, very interactive and lots of fun for everyone!  

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