Christmas 2015 in ATL 

My parents and brother came down to ATL to spend Christmas with us. It’s great having them here and Emery is having so much fun with uncle, grandma and grandpa. 

We did so many activities during  this trip it’s hard to list them all. 

Mom and dad took Emery to Chattanooga. We ate about 15 different restaurants. We watched Star Wars , old and the new one that came out. We cooked lots of food, made bread using the bread machine. We open gifts, played lots of chess and saw a whole bunch of sites in Atlanta. Eugene even go Ashley and I to join in on two of his cross fit work outs. What a Christmas. I need a detox from all the holiday family craziness. 

   
    
    
    
   
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Christmas Merriment

We had a great Christmas this past week. Emery received lots of wonderful gifts and we were able to take a short road trip to Nashville.

Here some pictures of the good times we had.

Nashville- We had some good ramen at a Japanese Pub in hip East Nashville. We took a wonderful tour of the Belle Meade Mansion, dated back to the 1800s who made their money from horse breeding. We saw a wonderful show “The Rockettes Christmas” at the Grand Old Opry Theatre. We also had some time to just relax at the hotel with the dogs. Emery loved jump and climbing on all the furniture and she only hurt herself once.

Belle Meade Plantation

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Two of Emery’s favorite things, rides and candy!

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Grand Old Opry

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Gaylord Opryland Resort

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Irish Food On Canton street near our house!

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Getting Ready for Santa and Xmas Morning

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And we had some great Mexican food!

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Boston Common

My parents took Emery to Boston Common for an afternoon just with Emery. They walked around gardens, saw the ducks and rose the iconic swan boat. Afterwards they took Emery to eat steamed buns “xiao long bao” in Chinatown and Layer went to Copley. They spoiled her rotten like great grand parents and bought her a dress and a terrier purse that she picked out herself. Here are some pics from that great afternoon in the city of Boston.

 

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And this is how it began.

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She’s now 4!

Yup, that’s right, Emery has official turned 4 today. We spent her birthday in Boston and had a family birthday party.

We too a river boat cruise in the morning as part of Eugene’s graduation. The weather was perfect today and Boston was absolutely gorgeous.

Afterwards, my parents took Emery to Boston Garden to see the ducks and a swan boat ride.

In the meantime, Ashley, Eugene, Enzi(Eugene’s BU friend) and I picked up Emery’s cake, party supplies and food for the birthday party.

We surprised Emery with a birthday party at home when she returned and she had so much fun. Emery loves princesses and hello kitty so we have her a well themes party.

Here’s some pics:

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Boston Excursion
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Birthday Party:

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Hilton Head Island

We decided to take a family vacation for a few days and experience Hilton head. This is technically day one. The weather is nice, just a few clouds in the sky. It’s a warm low 70s and the water is pretty warm as well. A cool ocean breeze is blowing on my face. I am sitting on a beach chair, watching as Ash and Emery wade in the calm sea bank looking for sea shells.

A year and a half ago, Emery was scared of the water and now she confidently struts over with cup and takes filling after filling of wet sand to build her sand castles. “I am making a doggy” Emery says. Her cute toddler voice is like sweet bells to our ears. To see her hunched over and playing in the sand only reminds me of how fast she is growing. Our little Em B.

Ash and Emery have walked off now, mixed into the crowd of beach goers walking, splashing, basking in the Carolina season. Next weekend is Memorial Day weekend. “It’s going to be busy”, the publix worker said to me last night. A sense of pride but also sigh marking the extra work shed probably have to do.

I am really excited about this trip. We rented a vacation condo right next to the beach. It’s literally a 5 min walk across the street and we’re there! I picked it and booked the trip, Ashley didn’t have to plan. So I was a bit worried it would not live up tithe hype…but…the apartment is great. Just the right size if not a bit bigger for us. It’s so relaxing to get away from home, but s enjoy the comforts of a real home and not a sterile hotel room.

We took the dogs with us this time. A rare thing these days, due to the logistics and hassle of wrangling a toddler and 2 dogs just never seems to be worth it. But this time, it’s a family trip so canines included! Of course our senior dogs are house trained but as Ashley joked, “they’re house trained for our house”. In less than 12 hours Pok’e, our little princess, has peed in about 6 to 8 spots in the house. I guess she has to make sure her new kingdom is adequately settled in to smell like her place. Poor Wappa is so blind he keeps bumping into furniture. But remarkably she catches on pretty quick and is back to his laid back self in no time.

I see Ashley and Emery coming back now. We’ll see how many shells she has collected. She is so cute with her little Paul frank bathing suit