The Salveson’s see snow!!

December 30, 2011

After Christmas, we took a family trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia to see some “snow”.  We had been to Stone Mountain last Easter weekend and had a great time.  While we were there we learned about their annual event known as Snow Mountain.  We knew that we had to return for it and have the kids see their first snow.  Being from St. Louis, I have seen my fair share of snowy, cold winters, but our kids (being Florida babies)  had yet to experience it.  We figured Snow Mountain was the closest place to travel to see some.  The snow is man made from the lake that surrounds the mountain and then is blown onto a hill in front of the mountain for tubing.  It was a blast!  My favorite was the family tube that can hold up to five people, you are dropped off of a belt onto the hill for some super fast sledding.  Or you can have your own tube and race each other down the hill.  The best part is the time saving “ski lift” that takes you back up the hill.   It reminded me a lot of the water slides at Adventure Island, but with snow.   At the bottom, they blow snow all over so you can build snowmen or snow forts or have a snow ball fight.  This snow was pretty wet, not the powdery kind, but perfect for making a decent snow ball.

Day 1:

It was rainy the first day we were there, so we decided to go to the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta.  It is the world’s largest aquarium, and the day we were there, the most crowded!  After being in D.C. I would say it’s like the Smithsonian of aquariums.  It was wall to wall people, but we still enjoyed ourselves and saw some amazing things:  Beluga whales, 4 whale sharks, manta rays, otters, penguins, octopus and much more!

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A dreary day in Atlanta at the Georgia Aquarium

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Touching some shrimp and horseshoe crabs at the touch tanks

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Walking through the aquarium tube walk way where the whale sharks and manta rays fly over head.

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Annabelle and Sam in the Tropical Diver section of the aquarium

Day 2:

Let the snowy fun begin at Snow Mountain!  It was so cold we had to bundle up!  Most nights it was in the 30’s, so we had on lots of layers.  And being from Florida we were frozen by the end of the night, our bodies just aren’t used to that kinds of weather.   Your time is broken up into 2 hour sessions that you choose through out the day.  We wanted an evening session, so we chose the 6-8pm time slot.  I wish we had longer, we were having so much fun.

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On the ski lift going up the hill, you can see the racing lanes for tubing in the distance.


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Marc and Annabelle getting ready to get pushed down the hill.

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Sliding down the hill! 400 ft. of fun!

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Sam playing in the snow

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Making snow angels!

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Annabelle in the snow

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The Salveson's in the snow!

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On the family tube, ready for some fun!

Day 3:

The last day we spent roaming around the park.  We took the Sky Lift 1,686 ft. up to the top of the mountain.  What a breath taking sight, you can see for miles…downtown Atlanta and the surrounding Appalachian Mountains.  There is so much to do and see here.  At the base of the mountain is a park with shops, restaurants and a train that takes you all the way around the mountain.  For Christmas every thing was lit up and decorated and they even have a Snow Angel that visits, flying through the sky to end the evening with fireworks!   This was the perfect 3 day get away!

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The gondola that brings you to the top of the mountain

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On top of Stone Mountain

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At the top!

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Creativity Takes Flight….on a Citation Jet to D.C.!

November 8, 2011

My family and I had the privilage  of joining my husband on the Citation Jet that he flies to Washington D.C.!  Marc is a corporate Chief Pilot  and his schedule is very unpredictable but very exciting.  His boss out of the blue asked if the kids and I wanted to come along and we couldn’t pass up the chance.   We left on Nov. 4th and returned on the 6th and we saw it all:  Ford’s Theater, The National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and Constitution, the White House, all of the monuments and memorials and Capitol building, Museum of Natural History and the Museum of American History.  My favorite places to go are the ones where you can walk everywhere and D.C. is one of those places.  We stayed at the Embassy Suites and we had a corner room with great views of the city and just blocks from everything!   We did all of our sight seeing on foot and got lots of exercise and fresh fall air. Just walking down the street you pass the F.B.I. building,  the I.R.S, the Treasury building, Engraving and Printing building where our money is made, it was pretty crazy!   So much to see all in one place.  It was also great to feel some cold air and see the fall foliage!  I hadn’t seen fall in years and the kids have never seen the fall season.  We got lots of great pictures of the kids holding leaves and we even took some leaves home with us!   We had an amazing adventure and made a ton of family memories.

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On board the Citation on the way to D.C.!

the white house

Since our hotel was only 4 blocks from the White House, this was our first stop.

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The Washington Monument

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The Lincoln Memorial, I was in awe at how big this was!

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The famous Presidential Box in Ford's Theater where Lincoln was shot. There was an amazing museum downstairs at the theater with a lot of artifacts from that night.

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Ford's Theater

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Annabelle in front of the National Archives. No photos of any kind were allowed inside the building, so this is the only picture of the Archives building.

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"Hey Dum Dums, got any gum gum?" We love the movie Night at the Museum and it was amazing to see this up close at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History!

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In front of the Capitol Building

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Just breath taking!

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The kids finally get to see fall!

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Marc and I and the Capitol Building

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Annabelle and Dorothy's Ruby Slippers at the Museum of American History

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Annabelle and Sam wearing D.C.'s latest fashionable head wear!

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Something new…..

August 26, 2011

So, as I was walking my daughter to class on the first day of school today, I couldn’t help but notice all of the newness surrounding me. New shoes, new backpacks, new clothes. It is such an exciting time, everything is new. It’s like Spring Time in the Fall. Every student and teacher has a chance to start over. I thought this is a perfect time for me to start something new. A place for my creativity to take flight, so to speak. A place for me to vent my creative frustrations and rejoice when I have done something truly inspiring. My passion is finding imagination in everyday life. I always thought of my crafting as an outlet and now I have a place to plug it in.

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Sam’s new backpack!   Since I couldn’t find a backpack for my son that we liked, I made one from a cheap, plain backpack from Target,  embellished with appliques and hand embroidery for the smoke coming out of the rocket.  I don’t know how much longer I am going to be able to get away with hand made things for the kids, but I am hoping to push it for at least a few more years!
Thanks to my amazing,  awe- inspiring husband for making my first blog a dream come alive!  I had the inspiration and he had the technical know how to make it possible!





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