Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Buckhead - Atlanta, GA - #5 Update

Back in early December, My daughter & I went to Lenox Mall which is in the Buckhead part of Atlanta. This trip marked the 2nd time that I have driven myself to this mall or this area because if it isn't in Cobb County (where I live) then I don't go there. So we shopped & ate and since it was the holiday season we decided to get on the famous Priscilla The Pink Pig

It's VERY pink inside the tent.

This is how the original Pink Pig looked

This is a must-do classic. It's not much to the ride but to be able to say that you rode "Priscilla The Pink Pig". You sit in a 5-6 cart train and go around a loop about 3 times. It's only $3 per person and it's really cute.

This ride is a big thumb's up!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

What Christmas meant this year!

What Christmas meant to me this year is not the same as it meant last year or even 5 years ago. This was the last Christmas of my 30's. On February 24th, 2013 I will be 40 years old. A new decade! This is a huge turning point in my life and I've been doing A LOT of thinking and organizing of my life recently. Trying to figure out what I want and who I am and who I'm not.

This year's Christmas wasn't filled with meaningless gifts, bought only to add to the quantity of Christmas instead of the quality but instead I actually thought out each gift and gave from my heart. I even bought something for myself, it was small but it was the fact that I actually spent money on ME. I'm also making a coupon book for myself to be used throughout the year. The coupons will range from new clothes, health aides and various other items that I always deprive myself of.

There's a saying that you have to take care of yourself because no one else will. So my gift to myself is the approval to love me for me. This starts NOW and continues for the rest of my life.

May this be just another Christmas of many more to come and the prelude to the best year of my life.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Secret Santa For Bloggers

Getting a gift is always nice especially when the postman (lady) drops it off mixed in with your regular bills. Last month I signed up the for the "Secret Santa For Bloggers" hosted by Jessica over at "Boys oh Boys". A couple of days ago I received my Secret Santa gift from Tricia at "Take 10 With Tricia".

I received 2 super cute ornaments & a Starbucks gift card. Tricia, thanks so much for these wonderful gifts. The ornaments are already on the tree! Over at "Take 10 with Tricia", she blogs about parenthood, relationships, crafting and more. Tricia teaches that 10 minutes is all you need for a mental time out.

Thanks again Tricia and Merry Christmas!

Lithia Springs, GA - #4 update

Hayride and S'mores at Sweetwater Creek State Park.

In early November my daughter and I went on an evening hayride up to Jack's Hill and had s'mores around the park's campfire. The ride was about 1.5 hr total and it was an awesome trip. I wish that we would've went a little earlier in the day so that we would've really seen the views. This is a great family adventure and it's also easy on your budget at only $8 per person.

The photos above were taken in the interactive center/gift shop. These last 5 photos were actually taken at the Douglas County Museum of History and Art

This is what the mill originally looked like before the Union troops burned it down.

This is a painting of what the mill looked like after it was burned.

Friday, November 30, 2012

#6 Smyrna, GA (Cobb County) 30080, 30082

1st stop.....

This was a really good "small city" museum. It's completely free (donations accepted) and ran by volunteers.

Smyrna Museum
2861 Atlanta Rd
Smyrna, GA 30080
 Aunt Fanny's Cabin 
A 1940's world famous restaurant. Closed in 1994 but in its heyday it served Southern food to many movie stars, sports figures & politicians. 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Atlanta, GA (Buckhead) #5

It was 9/20/2012, My daughter & I had a mid afternoon appointment in Buckhead so I decided to make the best of the day since I was missing work & she was missing school. I was able to plan to stop at the Buckhead Coalition for a guide book. It's only $5, it has 128 full color & glossy and it's a cool guide to have if you really want to take in a city.

First stop: The Governor's Mansion

Uh huh you guessed it, me and my daughter with.....Mrs. Deal, the Governors wife. That was a bonus to an already good morning. She was incredibly nice and so friendly. She made my tween daughter perk up and actually the whole tour and knowledge of the docents aided to my daughter being able to say that she liked the tour. The tour is FREE and available on Tues, Wed & Thurs from 10:00-11:30 am.

We then walked down Peachtree Rd and just took in the sights and the hustle of Atlanta's Financial District.
My daughter had never seen so many people dressed up to go to work. She was really shocked, I'm blessed by having a work at home position where I can literally work in my pj's (and some days I really do). My husband is self employed and he doesn't have to get dressed up either.

Before the appointment we stopped and had lunch at the 1st Moe's on Earth!

At 2915 Peachtree Rd NE store #0101 was FREE Queso Day, Boo-yah! 
It was really cool inside and of course the food was huge, delicious & filling.

Buckhead's History

Henry Irby, a general store & tavern owner founded a community called Buckhead in 1837. He owned the northwest corner of West Paces Ferry & Roswell Rd until his death in 1879.

Irby himself is believed to have provided the name for this community by killing a deer and mounting the "buck head" so travelers could see it in his tavern.

Six hundred & fifty dollars is what the intersection of Peachtree, Roswell & West Paces Ferry sold for in 1838. It was a total of 202.5 acres.

The Battle of Peach Tree Creek lasted roughly 90 mins and it's noted to have been the beginning of the end for the Confederacy. On July 18, 1864, Confederate soldiers were able to stop Union soldiers from advancing to Atlanta. But just two days later on the July 20th the Union soldiers crossed over Peach Tree Creek after an estimated 5,000 soldiers were killed.

One doctor, one carpenter, one lawyer, one blacksmith, eight laborers and fifty eight farmers were the only heads of households in Buckhead in 1850.

Ransom kidnapping didn't effect Atlanta until July 6th, 1933. On this day, John Ottley, a buckhead resident was kidnapped leaving his home and held on a $40,000 ransom. Ottley was able to persuade one of the kidnappers (a 17 yr old boy that he recognized) to release him. The 2nd kidnapper was sentenced to 21 to 28 yrs in prison

Year of 1959, brought in Lenox Mall. It was dubbed "the largest regional shopping center south of New York".


Other Points of Interest: Atlanta History Center, Phipps Plaza, Miami Circle, Buckhead info