I have been at home with the baby for almost every day of the past 11 1/2 months. I have been struggling to keep up with life in general and I was going a bit stir crazy. With the kids sick over the Christmas break, even that "vacation" that I had so looked forward to, was just exhausting.
On Saturday, I played! I giggled with Amelia and held her hand as we walked through Stone Mountain Park. We chatted about whatever came to mind as we stood on the moving belt that glided us up, up, and up. We watched each other's faces as we teetered on the top edge, then zoomed down the family tube run together in the big blue tube. And once we were up again, we raced each other down in the red individual tubes. Later, we tossed icy snow, tromped through the crunchy white snow field, and munched on some popcorn. The weather was chilly but sunny, which also helped me soak in some likely deficient vitamin D. It had been pretty gloomy for a while around here.
It was a day that I really needed. No diapers, no cooking, no watching the clock for naptime, no constant planning for schedules. Just quality fun time with my husband and favorite girl. Stone Mountain hosted 50 local bloggers that day, so I was also able to meet and greet many favorite blog friends. To end our exciting family-bonding experience, we all gathered together for a blogger reception with hot chocolate, frozen popcorn, and other snacks. The folks at Stone Mountain were fantastic hosts, as always. I thank the team over there for making me GET OUT AND PLAY!
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Everyone needs to play, and I should focus on playtime more frequently than I have been. Chores can wait, but kids grow up way too quickly.
Anyone in the Atlanta area (or a short road trip away) should definitely try to play at Snow Mountain very soon. It is open through February 22nd. Check the Stone Mountain Park website for specific dates and hours as well as tickets and information.