Thursday, November 29, 2012

Walking Park

I know I haven't talked much about our life here in Atlanta, but I am about to remedy that. We were so lucky with the neighborhood we ended up in. We live on the ugliest house on the block, but it is one of the best blocks to live on. We are in a ritzy part of town. We are surrounded by trees beautiful homes and a golf course. My favorite part about the neighborhood is the walking park we live RIGHT next to. We like to spend time walking up and down this very long park.

Today when we headed out I brought along the camera and took a few pictures of my little munchkin. I have been feeling sad about our lack of pictures of Daphne growing up. I was really good while we were in Dominica because we were out doing things, but now we just sit at home so its harder to remember to take pictures. That's one of the reasons for the lack of posts. (I hate posting without pics) A few of them turned out pretty cute. 

We also ended up taking a 3 mile walk. It felt really good to walk that far. I will have to keep it up and maybe I can lose some of this baby weight.

Thanksgiving and "Black Friday"

We had a great Thanksgiving. We missed being with family, but it did give me the opportunity to cook everything by myself. I love to cook so this was a very fun and exciting thought. The prep for the meal went well and I was glad I did all of it, because it made Thanksgiving day easy. 
We got up and watched the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade while we ate breakfast and got the turkey in the oven. Daphne loved the Parade. She was dancing all over the place. We spent time talking to family as well. Johnny spent lots of time on Skype talking about Black Friday with His family trying to get the best deals. 
We had a guest for dinner. Paul worked with Johnny during his Family Med Rotation. He is here in Atlanta while his family stayed home in New Jersey. He was hoping to get to go home for the holiday, but he didn't so Johnny offered him dinner at our house. Johnny had talked about him and it was nice to meet him. He was so nice and very gracious. We got to reminisce about the island even though we were there at different times.   After he left and we cleaned up we headed out to do our shopping. Johnny had done a lot of our shopping online the night before, but we wanted to go out to Walmart an get our tree and do see the fighting and shoving that goes along with the Black Friday savings. We were sorely disappointed. We walked in got our tree and then walked around waiting for the time to turn to 8 and the mauling to begin, but the time changed and nothing happened. Everyone was just walking around calmly and picking up their items. Johnny was quite disappointed. I was okay with it. I've never been one for the crowds. 
We came home and set up the tree and watched a movie. I usually do the tree the day after Thanksgiving, but we wanted to go out to a couple of malls and shop. We ended up only going to one, because it was so big. It was fun going around and looking in stores. I was more of a high end mall so it was cool to look at the  fancy stores. We saw Santa, but we didn't want to wait in the line so she didn't get to sit on his lap, but we plan on doing that at our ward party this weekend.Johnny had the whole weekend off and I loved that we got to spend all that time together. 
I am excited for the rest of the holiday season. We are going to be here obviously, but Joey is coming here for his school break. We are happy to have him, but I hope he doesn't get bored hanging with just me and Daphne with Johnny being so busy doing Peds. I guess we will have to figure out the bus system so we can do a few things. Around town.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Deep Blue

Lullaby, Hawken, Daphne

I promise we are still alive. Time is going so fast I can't seem to keep up. I am finally feeling like we are settled here in Atlanta. I have found our groove here and we have found some new friends and hung with some old ones.

We went to the Atlanta Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the world and it was a blast! Thanks Jessie for getting us in for free! I wanted to see the "big tank" first. You get to walk under the tank and look up at all the cool sea life including three whale sharks. There were lots of other big fish as well, but I can't name those.  Daphne couldn't reach when we went to pet the manta rays, but she loved playing in the water anyway.

She loved the sea otters(just like her mom). She was dancing and wanting to jump and swim with them. They are always so fun.

It was just a short little trip, but we saw a lot of it. I think we have to go back with our good good friends! And if you are going to take a trip to Atlanta any time soon the Aquarium is a must see.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Trunk-or-Treat and All Hallows Night

Saturday night our ward had a Trunk-or-Treat and Chili Dinner. There was a great turn out and it was fun to see all the kiddos in costume. Daphne was not the only monkey in the bunch and she thought it was hilarious.  She chased him around the church. After the awesome chili, apple pie and a cake walk everyone headed outside for the real fun.


Some of the cars were dressed up really great and it was fun to go around and meet some of our ward members. We got some good candy too!

Last night was the big night and I was pretty excited about it. I think we found a new tradition in our family of going out to Chipolte for Halloween dinner. They do this deal that if you dress up you can get your entre for $2! So Johnny got dressed in his doctor "costume", I turned myself around (I wore all my clothing backwards) and Daphne turned into a monkey and we headed out. It was delish as always and on our way home we looked for trick-or-treaters. None were found so we waited at home for awhile then headed back out. Johnny found us a pretty good neighborhood. There were quite a few people out when we started and when we were done there were a ton! W got a pretty good amount of candy and Daphne did great. She doesn't really talk yet so no "trick or treats" were heard out of her, but she did say "bye" to some people. She was very interested in all the grown ups that were dresses up and she got very good at grabbing the candy out of the bowls and putting them in her basket.  

When we got home we took her down to show her to our landlords. They got a kick out of it and had a big bag of M&M's there waiting for her. They apparently were hopping we would come down. We found out our neighborhood is not into the trick-or-treating thing. No one came to our door. All in all it was a great Halloween and now I'm getting excited for the rest of the holidays!!! Hope everyone had a great night as well.