Friday, May 31, 2013

What does your summer look like?

I feel like a stay-at-home mama for the first summer ever. Yes, I will be going into the office a few hours each week, but I have so much more home time with my girl this year! No summer school for her. It is going to be a fun and lazy summer, just the two of us. With Daddy for nights and weekends, of course!

In fact, I may not blog much. It is possible I will be too busy doing... nothing!

Woo hoo!!!!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer summer summertime

We just returned from our annual jaunt to Hilton Head Island! I remember summer beach vacations as a kid. We went every year and enjoyed sand, surf, and seafood. Now we go with Amelia and husbands, and next year we will have my new nephew with us too! There is something about an annual trip that just feels good. We don't have to rush and see a bunch of sights, because we know the place already. We relax and play and eat. I call it perfection.

This is also the first year where Amelia is not in summer school. Today she is sleeping in late, and we will enjoy some lazy time together. It is difficult to juggle work, moving, and Amelia at home, but I really want to cherish this time with her. She begins kindergarten soon, and our "home with Mommy" days will come to an end.

I need to grasp all the extra snuggles and hold on tight for a few more weeks!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

After five adorable years

I walked out of Amelia's church preschool for the last time on Thursday. It was not an easy task; I kept finding more and more people to talk with. From the teachers who held my little girl when she was only a few months old, to the ones who taught her Spanish and writing - and everyone in between. Every grown-up face smiled at Amelia. They all called her by name. She was shy from all the attention, but it warmed my heart (as I fought back tears!)

We had so many sweet well-wishes as we departed that day.


"It goes by so fast" is not a cliche, it is absolutely real.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Disney's Planes - August 8 (new spot!)

If your children love Disney's Cars, they are in for quite a treat in August! Coming very soon, Disney's Planes! Flying to a theater near you, on August 8th.

Follow all the latest news and clips as you count down the weeks until release...

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Red Tricycle now in Atlanta - celebrate with prizes! #giveaway

Red Tricycle has a simple and noble mission: To help parents have more fun with their kids. They provide information and suggestions on fun things to do in 14 local areas via blog, Facebook, and email newsletters.

Atlanta is Red Tricycle's newest city and they are celebrating with a giveaway of many fantastic family-friendly prizes. Lucky winners will receive movie passes, museum tickets, gift cards, or a Graco Jogger System, to name just a few.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Get your royalty on!

The Georgia Renaissance Festival is still happening for a few more weeks! We took our very own little princess last weekend and had such a great time. The weather was absolutely gorgeous - unlike last year when we went in 95+ degree heat! We walked casually through the kingdom, meeting jesters, lords, and ladies along the way.

Amelia tried her hand at some archery, took a photo with the king and queen, and laughed at the Mud Show. If you are looking for something to do around Atlanta or the North Georgia region, take a drive to Fairburn. It's a royally good time!

And this weekend, May 18th and 19th? Is Pirate's Weekend! Perfect for the little tough guys in your life.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The key in my hand...

Cool to the touch.
Hidden within my palm.
Small and shiny.
This key unlocks the next chapter in our lives.We closed on our new house this week! It is our forever home. Amelia will have sleepovers here. We will take prom photos on this front porch. Here, my baby girl will primp in her cap and gown with nervous excitement before graduation. This home may hold another pet, another child. This home will see us grow even more. It will be our haven, our safe place.

We face a tremendous amount of packing and moving ahead, but I look forward to getting settled again. In a few weeks or months, I will finally sink into the cushion of the couch and take a real moment to look. A quiet reflection to say hello to our new home, and all the next steps it will quietly observe.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Parenting: the real truth

I cannot shout "amen!" loud enough to this one. I saw it first on Facebook, and shared. But it is too perfect not to share further!

To Parents of Small Children: Let Me Be the One Who Says It Out Loud

(I don't steal content, so click to read)

Thank you, smart father for saying what we all know and feel!

Happy early Mother's Day to all the tired mamas out there.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

"I love Mommy and Daddy" overkill?

Amelia is an extremely sensitive and loving child. She loves to snuggle and give surprise kisses. She has a sweet heart and a creative mind, always making up stories, coloring, or singing. Sometimes all at the same time!

Nearly every picture Amelia draws is finished off with a big " I LOVE MOMMY I LOVE DADDY" across the top of the page. She creates masterpieces and presents them to us like magical treasures.

Cute, right?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Photos: World of Coca-Cola

We have had a lot of rain lately! Soccer games keep getting canceled, and we are bored of sitting indoors and staring at each other. Last Sunday, we decided to do something much more exciting - we visited The World of Coca-Cola in downtown Atlanta!

Amelia had never been there, and it had been several years since I've seen the place and tasted the drinks as well. So we were all excited for a fun day out. Even in rain.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy

So we added another Disney on Ice show to our checklist! Amelia and I took some fun friends to the Disney on Ice presents Worlds Of Fantasy show this morning, at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Over the past two years, we have enjoyed Disney on Ice presents Rockin' Ever After and Disney on Ice presents Dare to Dream at Phillips Arena in downtown Atlanta. 

The Gwinnett Center arena was nice, although a bit of a long drive for us. But it seemed mediumer than Phillips, and all the seats were good. Disney on Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy features Mickey and Minne, the cast of Cars, the Disney Fairies, The Little Mermaid, and Toy Story 3. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

American Girl $300 Gift Card #giveaway for May!


A few weeks ago, I told you about an upcoming huge giveaway - American Girl!The time has finally come, and the American Girl $300 gift card giveaway is here! I have partnered with several blogs to promote this great prize, but would love to see a BalancingMama reader win it! Enter by May 31st via the Rafflecopter box below - just log in with a name and email, and select the options for entries. 



Come and join us on this great giveaway.

We are giving away an American Girl Doll Gift Card of $300

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