Celebrations in Atlanta

We love seeing Mark’s family in Atlanta every year for Passover. Max got to visit the cockpit on the plane ride down. We’ve lost track of how many times he’s flown, at least 30.

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Saturday we hung out at the Dunwoody Nature Center, a wonderful place – and we’re not just saying that because Mark’s brother Alan is the executive director. Great rocks for racing cars down with cousins.

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Also beautiful streams to cross and playgrounds to explore.

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Julie just wanted to stand in the hole of the tire swing

Before dinner at the hotel, these lucky kids got storytime in the lobby with Bubbe.

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The next morning we had a birthday brunch for Bubbe back at the hotel. So nice to sit outside in sunshine and celebrate.

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Julie liked hanging out with Anna and Sam and eating all their bacon.

Eating cereal and chatting with Anna, whom Julie looooves

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She ate lots of Sam's bacon

The outdoor fireplace was also fun to climb and jump off of, and there were many hats to stack.

Julie was busy stacking hats
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Then we explored the awesome Atlanta Aquarium. Later I asked the kids what their favorite part of the aquarium was. Max said the manta rays and all the ‘caves’ you could go in. Julie said ‘Sam. And Anna. Bubbe.’ AS usual, Sam and Anna were very patient with the kids, which helped us out a lot and made the kids very happy. This year Aunt Becky and Ryan joined us also, and Julie was always asking for ‘cousin Ryan.’

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Julie and Bubbe were snuggling on the couch when this conversation occurred:
Julie: “Hi Bubbe”
Bubbe: “Hi Julie”
Julie: “I love you”
But we also got a grown-ups only night out at delicious Southern restaurant Table & Main with okra croquettes, fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, and every dessert on the menu.

Julie: "Hi Bubbe" Bubbe: "Hi Julie" Julie: "I love you"
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You’ve probably heard the story of Brittney’s Rockette friend Mark set up with his co-worker who fell in love. They moved to Atlanta and had a baby so we got to meet the adorable result of our matchmaking.

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Much of the weekend was devoted to preparing a delicious Passover Seder. Max and Ryan helped Alan make the charoset.

Max & Ryan helped Alan make the Haroset

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Poppy led a great Seder. The kids enjoyed the plague ‘puppet show’ as Max called it.

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Julie found the Afikoman (hidden piece of matzah).

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She also liked eating the matzah. And sitting on Bubbe’s lap. And wearing the sunglasses we found with the plague masks. And finally eating the chocolate tart she talked about all evening.

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The Atlanta Mothners’ house was such a lovely place to spend a spring weekend. And Max loved playing with Sam’s bow and folding, unfolding, lounging and eating in some very exciting chairs in the garage.

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Thanks to all of Mark’s family for a wonderful time. Hope to see you soon!
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