Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Burritt on the Mountain

Burritt on the Mountain is a beautiful little museum tucked away on the top of Monte Sano Mountain. This year, the museum joined with a local business to host a day of free admission to honor black history month. I love, love, LOVE visiting this little place.  The thin, fresh air, the chatter of the farm animals, space for the kids to run, and education sneaking up on them when they least expect it.  It is peaceful, beautiful, and perfectly preserved. Here are a few pictures from our super fun, absolutely free day.
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Adventure fair at earlyworks museum

We went to the adventure fair which just happened to be at our fave earlyworks history museum this year. During the adventure fair the museum waves addmission fees and opens its doors to allow local companies to display activities they have during the summer. There are lots of giveaways, drawings for tickets to local events, summer camp sign ups, coupons for annual passes, and the kids can play while you're browsing. It was super busy, but I still think it's worth going. We played in bisuits newly renovated backyard with treehouse, played with trains, and got the most amazing face paintings I've ever seen. Seriously. Amazing. Here's Maddi's georgous butterfly face. And yes, washing it off was world war III. She assumed it was more of a permenant feature. Silly kid.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chattanooga after dark

As our little spontaneous trip came to a close, I walked away with these simple facts:
Traveling always gets me out of a funk.
This world is fascinating and there is always more to discover.
Sugars BBQ may have a flashy sign, a sleek decor, and live music, but their food is depressingly over-rated.
Time with the ones that I love is more valuable to me than anything else. absolutely anything.
Watching my babies learn and grow is the greatest joy I have ever known.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Dad


My kids are so lucky to have such an amazing father.
I love getting knocked over by a squealing little girl riding on daddy's back or a grinning boy dangling upside down from daddy's arms. I love that Maddi runs and jumps into his arms with complete confidence that he will catch her every single time. I love that he compliments them and laughs with them and sets clear boundaries with them. I know that my kids will grow up with confidence and love because of him. His love for them will give them the ability to be themselves, to make better choices, to seek what they truly deserve, and to live with contentment. Being a mom is so much easier when I have a super-dad by my side.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tornado Alley at IMAX

We watch the show Storm Chasers, so the kids were super excited to see the new movie Tornado Alley at the IMAX theater.  During the show storm chasers the teams chase storms to gather footage for this particular movie, so it was pretty neat to see the entire process of tracking down the storm, collecting data, and then editing it for a film.  Although a little scary for the younger kiddos, it's a definite must-see for the entire family AND it went along PERFECTLY with the weather unit we studied in school :)

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