Sunday, June 19, 2011

Safe at Home ...

Our trips are always whirlwinds. The Charming Husband always likes to pack as much into every day as he possibly can ... and we're always adjusting the schedule to adapt to changes.

Atlanta was h.o.t., as Atlanta always is in June. Our Charming Son and his Charming Bride-to-Be were the perfect hosts. We stayed downtown at Centennial Park, with an awesome view. The Moms and the Charming Bride spent Friday looking at gowns. Our first stop was Etain Bridal Boutique. If you're in the greater Atlanta area, you won't find a more delightful boutique and staff.

Our second stop wasn't quite so Charming. We visited the "largest bridal boutique in the south." They'll be filming "Say Yes to The Dress" there ... Bridals by Lori .  We all felt "herded" around by condescending sales staff who had not one moment to spend with us. We all commented that we felt like sheep being herded. Nobody really seemed to care if the Charming Bride found a dress to her liking or not. We wouldn't recommend this shop to anyone.

We toured the reception site at The Wimbish House. We sampled the food from the caterer at Aqua Blue. The catering manager is a delight to work with, we'd recommend her to anyone! Did a quick drive to the church, but weren't able to get inside. Lots of stained glass.

Had a great meal at No Mas! Hacienda and Cantina. What scrumptious food and great service. We don't have any good Mexican dining establishments, and the Charming Husband and I love good Mexican food.

A visit to the AmericasMart Atlanta rounded out the visit. Found a new jewelry designer we loved. We'll be carrying some of her pieces in our shop at The Grapevine.

Phew. A busy 3 days.

We were thrilled to have convertible weather for our drive to St. Louis. The sunshine felt good, and the fresh air kept us going.

Unfortunately, our visit to St. Louis was just as busy at Atlanta, but not nearly as much fun. Our Charming Son-in-Law was in the hospital while we were there, so we spent a good deal of time in hospital waiting rooms with our Charming Daughter. We dashed between houses and visits, barely stopping to catch our breath. We were only able to squeeze in a few minutes with two of our Charming Grandchildren, much to our dismay. The Charming Husband used his skills to repair a broken sink ... the usual things Charming Dads do for their Charming Children. A short 72 hours to spend with our Charming Kids and Grandkids just isn't long enough ... and we only get these visits once a year. If we're lucky, twice. We brought two of the Charming Grandkids home with us for a visit ... let the fun begin!

Time to get back to reality ... and back to work.
Who is ready to join me?

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