I’m in Atlanta enjoying rain, family and friends

I don’t think I will be posting this week because I am in Atlanta with my kids visiting my parents for my father’s 70th birthday. The kids haven’t been here in two years, and we are thoroughly enjoying being with family and seeing some old friends. I also am enjoying the rain. (My mother is not happy about it because her roof is leaking.)

We took Lilina to see the American Girl store on Saturday and went to my parent’s church on Sunday to see all their friends. We are hoping to hit Lake Lanier’s water park on Wednesday with my brother’s family. And then we will be celebrating my dad’s big birthday at the end of the week. I am making him the best coconut birthday cake! (We used to make the Rich’s coconut cake but it was so complicated, and I think this one tastes even better.)

Michael is home in Phoenix — having the best time ever being alone! What I wouldn’t do for 10 days alone in our house. I would CLEAN and de-clutter! What would you do with 10 days alone in your house?

P.S. I did cry when the announced Prince William and Kate’s baby was born safely and was a boy! I can’t wait to see him. I remember when Princess Diana brought out baby William!

(Lots you guys can still discuss: What would you do if alone for 10 days in your house? What would you do in Atlanta if visiting for the first time in two years? What did you think about the new royal baby? Are you glad it’s a boy or did you want a girl to shake things us? I thought it was going to be a girl.)

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July 23rd, 2013
3:49 am

TWG – my girls and I are headed to ATL for the first time in 18mo later this week! The redhead is too staying home but working on refinishing our deck. Ten days alone…I would probably read, stock my freezer (MN winters are coming), and de-clutter a room or two. As for my 10 days in Atlanta, I’m hoping it doesn’t rain the entire time. We are doing little to nothing other than visiting friends and can’t wait!! Enjoy your trip.


July 23rd, 2013
6:47 am

We just returned from a week at the beach. The weather was beautiful. We got rained on twice….but plenty of sunshine in FL!!!

I was hoping for a Royal baby girl. There’s been plenty of boys, we need a girl to shake things up. Maybe the next one will be a little girl.

10 days alone. No thank you. I’m good for about 3-4 days alone, then I start missing the “noise” in my house….I don’t think I’ve ever been left alone that long. However, I would start re-painting the inside of the house. We are due for a new color, and after a week at the beach, I’ve decided I’d like one or two beach themed rooms….a place for all my beach trinkets and pictures. I want to make some posters of our trips.

I plan on putting a book together this year for Christmas presents. “Our Family – 2013″. My neighbor’s mom does that every year, and it is so cool to see pictures from that year all in one book. Everyone gets one as a present. So I guess if I was alone for 10 days, I would organize pictures. LOL


July 23rd, 2013
7:38 am

Hope you have a great time. My daughter’s family went to tube at Helen and she was dismayed about how,crowded it was. Of course, she is more accustomed to other, less touristy rivers in N Ga.

Mother of 2

July 23rd, 2013
7:48 am

Enjoy your vacation. It would be a treat to have 10 days to myself! I would read and organize the house – gather a ton of unneeded things and donate them. I’d schedule a massage and enjoy some peace and quiet. Hope your husband is enjoying his time alone.


July 23rd, 2013
8:03 am

I don’t want 10 days alone unless I’m going to our place in Jamaica; I don’t care about the royal baby any more than I care about a baby being born and named after a compass. It’s just the two of us now so cleaning isn’t what it used to be even though we continue the maid service. And, with the last one gone, I’ve had to hire a lawn service (simply cannot do it myself and it look worth a tinker’s damn). Otherwise, enjoy your time in Hotlanta. If it were my first time visiting in two years I would make the rounds of the bars and clubs where I have enjoyed listening to, and playing, music.


July 23rd, 2013
9:55 am

I would clean, read and sleep..I would reorganize my dresser drawers..I would do some crafts..I say this, but not really sure what all I would do..I don’t really want 10 days away from my two..The girl has been in FL. with her parents since the first of June and I miss her something terrible..

If I were in Atlanta visiting for the first time in a couple of years, I would try to go see something at the Fox Theatre..Just walk around and look..Do whatever I enjoyed doing while I lived here…

As for the royal baby, I’m thrilled for them..I love babies and am happy for all new parents..It doesn’t matter to me one way or the other that it was a boy..Wishing them many happy years..


July 23rd, 2013
10:11 am

That make sense because I hear Kate Middleton cried when Theresa’s kids were born as well.


July 23rd, 2013
11:39 am

If I were home for 10 days, I’d eat and eat and eat :) I have an adult child, who has moved out. It’s just me and my clean home. I’d probably make a run to pick up shoes or something. I’d watch cable and order movies.

I was born and raised in Atlanta and aside from the obvious places and landmarks, I can’t think of anything “special” I’d do, because everything seems normal. Going to Six Flags, Stone Mountain, Zoo Atlanta are all “just things to do.” Nothing touristy about them :)

I don’t get the hoopla surrounding the royal baby, he’s a baby, born healthy (for which I happy), but he’s just a baby to me. God made sure the baby was born in good health and safely! Frankly I’m sick of hearing about it.


July 23rd, 2013
12:28 pm

does that imply that god made sure other babies were born poor, and in bad health with diseases?


July 23rd, 2013
12:40 pm

10 days alone at home? Why didn’t he come with you? If I had that much time alone, I would definitely clean and declutter. And if I didn’t have to work, I’d catch up on a ton of shows on the DVR and read as much as I could!


July 23rd, 2013
1:35 pm

I have to laugh at all the posters who would clean if left alone for 10 days.

It makes me wonder…..1) how messy is your home that you need 10 days to clean, and 2) when was the last time you “de-cluttered” your home.??

If I were left alone for 10 days, the LAST thing I would spend my time doing is cleaning. I’d be in a car so fast, hitting up Savannah, Hilton Head, etc with my girlfriends…..


July 23rd, 2013
2:02 pm

@Mayhem..My house will never pass a white glove inspection and that doesn’t bother me..It’s not filthy either..It’s just that with a two hours each day spent getting to and from work, then cooking, washing clothes and spending time with the boy, I don’t spend hours each day cleaning..Then on the weekends, we have my great nieces baby (13 months)..We go out of town a lot of weekends..Plus in 6 weeks, I will have a newborn to babysit for..Kids grow up fast, housework will still be there after they are gone..I have been to Savannah and Hilton Head lots of times and am not really interested in going back..I would much rather be in the mountains.. :) As for “de cluttering” I usually keep a storage tub in the bedroom and once I decide I no longer want something, it goes in there, when tub is full, it goes to the Goodwill..


July 23rd, 2013
2:10 pm

Thank you, @Becky. Not all of us have time to make our house spotless and sparkling. Ours is no dump but could use a declutter and bit of a clean. Not always a priority with work, kids, etc.


July 23rd, 2013
8:35 pm

@ A…haha! I have been all over the place this summer and the reason my husband did not join me is because he was out of vacation time. His accrues again at the end of July. He gets 4 weeks on his anniversary date. Perhaps TWG’s husband cannot get away or has other work things he needs to attend.

@ Mayhem, I am with the other posters on this…a clean house is simply a clean house. I lived in a spotless house, growing up. There was also not a lot of fun nor love. My Mom was OCD. My house gets picked up but I do have clutter and it needs to be cleared out once in a while. I would rather do most anything besides clean but alas, I do bite the bullet and take time for every so often. My husband grew up in a family that did not know about cleaning. Thus, he does not help the situation. I stressed about this for years and finally gave up!

I was home for a week, in February. My husband worked, with other men from our church, on updating a youth camp in preparation for summer. I will be in Houston all week for work. I am used to spending time by myself and am fine with it, once in a while.


July 23rd, 2013
8:53 pm

MJG- glad to see I’m not the only one late to catching up on the blog!

We spent the past couple of days in Cloudland Canyon State Park. Wow! It’s gorgeous- even you non-campers should consider going. Their cabins are great and the park has some great hiking trails to beautiful falls. It’s also super close to Chattanooga (so I guess this advice falls more into the category of “near Atlanta”) so if you’re planning a trip there but want a bit of nature, definitely stay at the park. The cabin had two rooms, each with two queen beds and their own bathrooms as well as a full kitchen, living area and screened porch. We’ll invite another couple or family with us next time. Our son and I went hang gliding yesterday. What an awesome experience!

In Atlanta for the first time in two years, I would revisit: the new ferris wheel downtown (I personally can’t wait to go! http://www.skyviewatlanta.com), the Aquarium (there’s the new dolphin exhibit and it’s cheaper if you go after 6pm), and the Botanical Gardens has a awesome exhibit right now.


July 23rd, 2013
8:57 pm

Oh and if I were home by myself for 10 days? I probably wouldn’t do anything around the house! Seriously, that will be there when everyone gets back! OK, maybe a little cleaning and I do have painting our half bath on my to-do list but I’m thinking my list would include things like hanging out with friends, going to dinner at places that I wouldn’t drag the rest of the family, catching up on blogs late at night (oh, right, I’m doing that now… my husband and son both left for the evening), reading a book, maybe catching up on a movie or two, yard work (because after 10 days it would be a jungle), and somewhere in between I’d work & eat a lot of take out food… because I assume that’s what Michael is doing vs. coming out here on vacation (oh and cleaning the pool!… oh ya, if I were him and had a pool all to myself, I’d totally skinny dip too!)


July 24th, 2013
8:38 am

Uh, you actually cried over the birth of a total stranger’s baby born thousands of miles away in another country? Really? You would get dehydrated if you worked in labor and delivery.


July 25th, 2013
8:00 am

Try 6 weeks away! I have not gotten nearly all I wanted accomplished on getting the house down, but part of that is b/c I took time to watch movies.


July 25th, 2013
10:59 am

I’ve spent weeks at a time alone at home often over the past few years when my husband was working on his out-of-town project — after a while, you get into a routine, and no, it didn’t involve fits of cleaning and organizing — not that I couldn’t have used it!

Have a wonderful time back in Atlanta, TWG! I know the kids are excited to see friends and family, just as you are! And happy birthday to your dad!