Monday, August 11, 2014

Athens Maker Fest

Chris' birthday was this past week and instead of presents, he wanted to do something as a family. School has just started & marching band is underway, so family time is definitely limited.

Chris has been subscribing to Make Magazine for years. Make is geared toward DIY projects.

There are Maker Faires held around the world. From the Maker Faire website, "Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth - a family friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement."

Chris has been wanting to attend a Maker Faire, but he hasn't been able to yet. But on this free post birthday weekend, he found a related event in Athens, Georgia, "The Athens Maker Fest". So we took the 2 hour drive to Athens this past Saturday.

We started our afternoon in Athens with lunch at Fuzzy's.

My sweet babies!

Then it was off to the Lydon House Arts Center.

The kids were excited to see 3-D printers/Maker Bots in action.

There were lots of craftsmen & artists show casing their talents.
There were some hands-on activities. 

Trying out the camera obscura.

There were artists and such.

An interior view of the place. There were exhibits set up on both levels of the art center.

This woman hand paints silk.

The Atlanta Maker Faire booth.


Wood carver

This was an exhibit in the art center & not part of the Maker Fest, but the family enjoyed seeing it.

And playing around with it.

Playing with pretty lights is always fun.

The Atlanta Maker Faire is scheduled for early October. We hope our busy fall season allows us to attend.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Duran Duran Appreciation Day

Yes, today is Duran Duran Appreciation Day. I didn't know it even existed. Evidently it's been an thing for several years now.

Back in the 80's, I was a huge Duran Duran fan. Here are a few pictures of what my bedroom looked like circa 1985.

I had a few Duran Duran posters on my walls.


Here's a picture of me.

Unfortunately, Duran Duran never toured in Indianapolis back then, so I never had the chance to see them. That is until 2005 when my sister invited me to Las Vegas to see them at the Hard Rock. So of course, I did what any self respecting nearly 40 year old mom would do. I took my kids out of school and we flew to Vegas. In all fairness though, James was in 1st grade and Hannah attended a MMO program.

Bethany was able to get me into a small, private acoustic performance of the band.

Here's a picture to show how close I was to band.

There was a Q/A session with the band.

And here I am (far left). John Taylor had his arm around me, but that was cut out of the picture.

Here's my sister with the band.

That same evening, we got to attend a full on concert while seated in the VIP section which was very cool. Duran Duran came to Atlanta in 2011, so I got to see them in concert again. I blogged about that concert here.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Date Night at the Braves Game

We were recently invited on a date night to an Atlanta Braves game with our friends. It had been a while since we had been on a date night, so we were extra excited about a night out.

We had club seats for the game which was especially nice because it was lightly raining during a lot of the game!

Here's Sue enjoying her yummy peach cobbler.

Here is a picture of Sue & me.

And Chris & Eric.

The Braves won the game and we had a fun evening with our friends. It was a Friday night, so there were fireworks after the game.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Six Flags Fun

I love living so close to a Six Flags theme park! We often get season passes for the park. Here are some pictures from our visits to Six Flags Over Georgia this summer.


We hope to make it back a few more times before the season's over.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What I am Reading - July 2014

My reading in July looks a little light. When I was looking up the titles that I read this month, I was surprised that I only read 4 books. I do have a couple of books "in progress" which have taken a lot of time and I don't include them until I am finished. That made me feel a little better.

The first book I have here is a Y/A title called Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. This was so much fun! It's an "Oz" themed book. Basically, after Dorothy returns home to Kansas, she is unhappy & ends up going back to Oz. She becomes power crazy & evil. A new girl from Kansas arrives via tornado. I really hope they make a movie out of this!

Heir Untamed is book one in the Latvala Royals series. It is about a young photographer woman who is hired to go to Latvala & photograph the royal family for a few months. Predictable, but entertaining.

King & Kingdom is book 2 in the Latvala Royals series.

Dirty Rotten Tendrils is a Flowershop Mystery book. It had been over a year since I've read any in this series. It was fast paced & fun. I won't let so much time pass before reading the next one.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Another School Year Starts

School starts earlier & earlier each year! James started his junior year of high school this morning. 
And Hannah started her 8th grade year. 

For fun, here are a couple of pictures from 2003. James' first day of kindergarten.

And Hannah's first day of Mother's Morning Out.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Summer Trip to Indy

Hannah & I went up to Indianapolis for a short trip to visit all of her grandparents.

We drove up on Sunday. We left nice & early so we could arrive early at Dad's. However, our efforts were thwarted by construction on I-65 in Southern Indiana and we arrived about 2 hours later than we had expected.

On Monday, we went to the Hamilton County Fair. When I was a kid, I was very active in 4-H, so the county fair was an important part of our summers. Hannah was excited to see all the animals.

It made me sad that 4-H isn't that big in North Georgia. I know Hannah would have LOVED to be a part of it. Of course, I probably wouldn't let her have a llama.
 Or a chicken.....

or any sheep.....

The food at the fair was super cheap! Here Hannah is enjoying a Lemon Shake Up. We also enjoyed cotton candy, soda, & the Farm Bureau chocolate milk shakes. Back in the day, I remember those milk shakes were sold for 25 cents. They were $2 each now, which is still a bargain.

On Tuesday, we met Chris' mother for a nice breakfast at The Original Pancake House.

Then we went & visited Chris' stepmother. Hannah wanted to visit the cemetery to see Chris' Dad, so we took Jeannine with us. That's something Hannah wants to do every time we're in town.

On Wednesday, we drove out to North Salem, Indiana to visit my mother. This was our first visit to the cemetery since she had been buried.

Hannah & I had a very nice lunch with my longtime friend, Joan in downtown Carmel. Joan & I met in high school & worked at the Carmel Clay Public Library together. We both went to Indiana University, so just about every Friday night, Joan came over to my dorm so we could eat dinner together. We continued that tradition even after I started dating Chris.

Then on Thursday morning, we said our goodbyes and headed back to Georgia. Here is Hannah is Grandpa Karl. It was a short, but sweet trip. It's difficult living so far away from our family at times.