We had a whirlwind 4-day trip to Atlanta for my cousin's wedding last week. With one recovering baby and one who got sick while we were there, we didn't get to do as much as we'd hoped to, but we still had a blast staying with my sister and her family. And we managed to get to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens which was bursting with fall color and spooky Halloween scarecrows. Most of them were more funny than scary really.
Then there was the rehearsal dinner and wedding. The kids stayed with a babysitter for the first time ever! That's kind of hard to believe. They've stayed with relatives and my older one has stayed with friends, but this was the first professional babysitter. In Japan, babysitters are hard to find, so I guess we just carried over the ritual of taking the kids everywhere with us when we moved back to the U.S.
It was fun to get out two nights in a row. The reception was spectacular with beautiful white tents, chandeliers hung outside, shrimp and grits, among other dishes, and the most delicious wedding cake I've ever had.
Now we're back in Milwaukee where the weather has managed to stay pretty warm, so I was surprised to come home to a yard full of fallen leaves. Gotta get out the rake and get to work today.
Check out this scarecrow below. I was thinking that could be a good idea for a Halloween costume, but I'd definitely glue instead of sew on the buttons.
The most interesting discovery I made was at the botanical garden cafe, where we used compostable clear cups and utensils. We just dropped them in the compost bin with our muffin crumbs.
That's downtown Atlanta in the background.
I think it's time to get some pumpkins out on the front step. The question is, how am I going to carve 'em? We didn't do Halloween in Tokyo, so my carving skills are a little rusty. Maybe I'll have to do some internet searching for some good ideas.
Thank you to everyone who made our Atlanta long weekend so fun ... mainly that would be my sis, brother-in-law, niece and nephew for keeping the kids entertained and the special birthday bash. How lucky was I to spend my bday with lots of family around, chili and deluxe cake!