college visits & a trip to the aquarium

can you see the little tiny baby bunny in the photo below? far left corner?

yes. for spring break, i’ve watched brinkley watch out the front windows at the tiny baby bunnies living out in a large plant in our front yard.

we’re not spring breakers that head to the beach. well let me rephrase that. as the girls have gotten older, they sometimes head to the beach for a few days with friends. so dan and i, brinkley and caroline have been holding down the fort and watching the pollen count rise to 8,000. for folks that have no reference for what on earth the pollen count is, think sinus armageddon.

don’t let me fool you. we’ve had a great week. i’ve had a few photo shoots & am actually heading to birhmingham tomorrow to be a second shooter with a very gifted photographer to photograph a wedding!

lucky me, when madison doesn’t have to work, she’ll head off to photo sessions with me. we had a blast photographing some super cute little girls here in atlanta, actually from birmingham, to see Mary Poppins at the Fox theatre. i’ll share some of those soon.

we headed down to Passion City church to hear, yet another, fabulous lesson from louie and kick off a week of raising awareness that slavery still exists. ( see previous post)

tuesday we took madison to visit the Georgia Tech campus. GT is an incredible institution right in the heart of the city. big rivals with our beloved UGA. both schools very competitive not only against each other in sports, but in their admission process. at our little tour, they told us this year’s freshman class gpa average 3.99 and sat score 2100. whoa.ย  madison has not applied yet but is very interested. GT has a gorgeous campus and we were there on a spectacular spring day, making it all the more beautiful.

emi was down in cocoa beach with her friends. she’s home now. burnt and peeling. i know. i know. but she had a blast. she’s sporting the very popular and will surely sell out again this year, noonday perfect sunhat.

while sissies were packing their beach bags, ( madison is now down at navarre beach) caroline mentioned that if we’d simply take her shopping one day she’d be happy. she has gift cards from her birthday party. let me throw in right here a little shout out to little bit. dan & i were discussing the other day what an easy child she is. always pleasant. easy to please. cheerful. never complains. never wakes on the wrong side of the bed. like ever.

so wednesday morning dan asked her if she’d rather have some extra cash to add to her giftcard loot or go somewhere on a little adventure. without hesitation she replied that she’d rather do something with us. so off to the georgai aquarium we went.

despite that awful photo of me, we had a fantastic time. the dolphin show was worth its weight in gold to me. i cried. no like i really cried during the show. it was beautiful. i’ve always had aย  special place in my heart for dolphins…anyways. it was wonderful.

for those of you visiting atlanta, just down from the world of coke & the aquarium is west side urban market. one of my favorite shopping areas. kayce hughes just opened a new boutique a few weeks ago. there’s also lululemon, jack spade and free people, just to name a few.

then on to flip burger boutique. love flip burger. the milkshakes are amazing… i hear, wink. the one shown below is the nutella burnt marshmallow.

forgot to mention in my last post, i’m readingย  Unglued: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotionson my kindle & absolutely love it!

oh & ps. all tiny baby bunnies are still safe!!

April 12, 2013 - 10:14 am

Melissa - That store looks amazing as does the food! Love how they framed the TVs

April 12, 2013 - 10:36 am

Julie Ann - Dear Paige. You always do such nice pics. I was looking for the rabbit in the pic with the flag….at first. I finally found it….so cute. I never found the bad pic of you though! Glad you had a good time and a special moment seeing the dolphins!
Julie Ann

April 12, 2013 - 10:51 am

Alisa - I love the Westside Urban Market…especially Star Provisions! I was in Birmingham last weekend for a girl’s trip. We go every year… such a fun place to shop and hop around. Here is my post about our trip…

Where’s the wedding?? Have fun!

April 12, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Kim I. - Alright missy… as if I didn’t have enough reason to covet your sweet self and life, let’s throw in being close to Atlanta and all the fun shopping!! Heavens! Looks like a good time was had by all. The picture of you is darling and I would love to knowwhere you found the super-cute, springy top. Do tell. ๐Ÿ™‚

April 12, 2013 - 1:08 pm

Vhonda Cook - Hey Paige,

i noticed that you said that was an awful picture of you. Please do not put yourself down, you are fearfully and wonderfully made and you are very pretty, cool and talented:) i heard a pastor on the radio say that we should never put ourselves down and should just praise God! on the day i heard this i had just been looking in the mirror thinking of all the things wrong with my face and hair!!!! what was i thinking our Jesus loves us and that should be enough.

April 12, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Elizabeth Beck - Where in the world do your girls find such great clothes? I am so tired of the same mall stores for my teen daughters!

April 12, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Rachel W - I have been commenting less and less on blogs since I became a mom in the fall, but I am still enjoying reading yours on my phone when I’m feeding my baby! I love following along with your family and seeing your girls grow. You are such wonderful model of motherhood!

Also…we have some good friends down in ATL, and if we manage to come down and visit, I so want to book you to take some family photos for us ๐Ÿ™‚

April 13, 2013 - 9:20 am

Kerri - Good Morning! If I ever make it down to GA, will you take me on a shopping trip? ๐Ÿ™‚ My friend’s sister married a Georgia boy and they have taken their girls to that aquarium. I remember beeing in awe of the shark tank! I started my srping break today so we are off to the aquarium in Mystic, CT tomorrow! I am so glad Caroline wanted to spend time with mom and dad! I hope my Caroline will want to when she is her age! XOXO

April 14, 2013 - 7:37 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I feel like I had so much to say all through this post so that when I got to the comment box I hardly knew where to begin. I LOVE that sunhat. LOVE. (I also love those darling little figures of the cuties wearing those hats. Oh those days are so long gone for me, it’s not even funny… )

I love that you guys went to aquarium and those dolphins looked so happy. They just cheer you up, don’t they?

April 14, 2013 - 9:51 pm

tara - we were at the aquarium last week…loved it.
not surprisingly, my boys, including andy, all enjoyed the world of coke the best.
can you believe it? they enjoyed the coke place more than the amazing aquarium?
they were like 3 little boys in a candy store trying all those different cokes.
lydia and i could have cared less about the world of coke…meanwhile, the boys (all three of them) ๐Ÿ™‚ left with t-shirts and shorts and all sorts of COKE paraphernalia. gah.

so love that little bit chose time with you guys…no surprise. ๐Ÿ™‚ you two are awesome. who wouldn’t want to spend time with you and dantheman.

April 14, 2013 - 9:52 pm

tara - ps. love the picture of you.
the shirt is aaaahhhhmazing.

April 14, 2013 - 10:09 pm

tina - lookin good paige! i love that caroline chose time with you guys. our boys are teenagers, and we have so much fun with them.i love that they actually want to hangout with us.and i love the aquarium pics! so beautiful! and i def. have to read this book!