A couple of weeks ago Grady was leading a work-related training in Atlanta for a few days. Since Atlanta is an easy drive south, since Grady was able to secure an incredible hotel suite so that all six of us weren't piling on top of each other, and since I'm always up for field trips, the kids and I tagged along on his trip. Actually, we parted ways each day with him heading to the office and the kids and I embarking on a new adventure around the city.
We've visited Atlanta a handful of times, but because there is way more to do than there is time to do it, visiting this city never gets boring. And, if I'm honest, the real adventures happened in the van as I maneuvered in and around and through Atlanta trying to get us safely from one place to another.
SO COOL. And I'm not even a huge football fan.
The only time I've been in this stadium was for a Passion Conference... imagine this place filled with 60,000 young adults eager to worship and learn God's Truth!
The boys really enjoyed visiting the team locker room and getting to stand in and sit on the chair of their favorite player. When we toured the stadium in Charlotte, we were only allowed in the visitors locker room and not the Panther's locker room, so this was a big deal to them.
Jaxton loved that he got to hold a football the entire time and had free reign to run on the field for several minutes.
And Annalyse and I stuck together as all good girls do.
Four kids. Stroller. Backpack. Bazillions of people, most not speaking English, because of a nearby trade show that had dismissed for the lunch hour.
But, with only one kid falling and scraping his knee, with only one little girl whimpering that she needed to "go potty NOW," and with only one police officer running after me to hand back a baseball cap my youngest had whipped in the crosswalk a block back... we made it. Whew!
Because we were there in the winter and on a Tuesday afternoon, we felt like we had the place to ourselves. I was told that they expected around 2,000 guests that day but during weekends and peak vacation times they average 10,000 a day. I'll chalk this fun visit up the flexibility of homeschooling!
And time flying by is a good thing when four kids have been on their feet all day and a two year old is nearing 3:00 with no nap!
Each dispenser represented a different continent or region and contained types of drinks found there. Grady Lee was in 7th heaven when he reached Asia and South America because there were so many unique fruity and non-carbonated drinks.
But, when faced with hundreds of new drink possibilities and with no prerequisite to finish anything they didn't like, my kids were off and running to try them all.
His little hands grasped the cup I handed him, his mouth gulped one big swallow, and immediately his eyes began to water and he began to cough as though dying. As I reached to quickly take the cup from him, he fell on the floor in a fit and yelled, "More! More!" Each swallow after was the same intense reaction. Tears and gasps apparently indicate true love.