Monday, November 24, 2014

Atlanta History Center - Holidays in History Homeschool Day 12-5 @atlhistcenter

The Atlanta History Center’s next Homeschool Day is Friday, December 5th, 2014 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM.  This month’s theme is Holidays in HistoryEnjoy our annual holiday program and experience how Christmas was celebrated in years past, from the 1860s Smith Family Farm, to the 1930s Swan House.

At the Smith Family Farm, experience an 1860s Christmas through character encounters, demonstrations, and hands-on activities including blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, candle-dipping, and making holiday decorations.  Meet members of the Smith family and the enslaved workers on the farm, and learn how they celebrated Christmas.

The 1930s Swan House is elegantly decorated for the holiday season.  Kitty Cates, the Governess of the Inman grandchildren, shows you how to make a holiday decoration and demonstrates proper holiday party manners.  Meet other members of the Swan House staff including the maid, Binah Lockett, the chauffeur, Grant Carter, and decorator, Ruby Ross Wood.  Grab a cup of cocoa from Binah and relax as you enjoy a reading of the beloved holiday poem A Visit from St. Nicholas.

Admission to Homeschool Days is $8.50 for nonmembers; $6.50 for children of members; and free for adult members. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children. For information or to make group reservations call 404-814-4018 or email:

While the special programming is only from 1:00 — 4:00 PM, you are welcome to spend the entire day at the History Center for this reduced rate. Many people come early (we open at 10:00 AM) and spend the first part of the day exploring our exhibitions, gardens, and historic houses, have lunch at our small Chick-fil-A (open from Noon—2:00 PM), and then participate in the Homeschool Day program in the afternoon.

Please note that we are currently undergoing renovations to our main entrance. The Atlanta History Center main entrance will be temporarily located at 3299 Andrews Drive, admissions and ticketing will be temporarily housed in the atrium of our Archives building, McElreath Hall, and free and accessible parking will remain available on-site. All exhibitions will remain open, but guests will enter the museum through the back of the building. Signs are posted to guide you.

To learn about our other Homeschool Days this year, visit this website:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Excuse me..

I've taken some time out today to go to the movies.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Happy 16th to my "little" boy!

Not so little any more!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fernbank Museum Announces Holiday Programming, Events and Annual WINTER WONDERLAND Exhibition

ATLANTA, November 13, 2014—This holiday season, Fernbank Museum of Natural History features several ways to celebrate with fun and unique events. Fernbank’s holiday programming includes the Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World exhibition, a Winter Wonderland Celebration Day, Winter Wonderland evening viewing hours during Martinis & IMAX®, Holly Jolly Activities and holiday shopping in the Museum Store.

Winter Wonderland
On view from November 21, 2014 through January 11, 2015, the fifth annual Winter Wonderland exhibition includes two floors of festive trees and displays decorated by cultural partners to reflect traditions and holidays celebrated by cultures everywhere. Twinkling with lights, glimmering with color and shining with a variety of cultural objects, more than 30 trees and other displays recognize the diversity of celebrations, holidays, traditions and events from around the world. The exhibition highlights cultural celebrations from North America, South America, Africa, Europe, The Caribbean, Mediterranean and Middle East.

Winter Wonderland Celebration Day
Special festivities kick off with a Winter Wonderland Celebration Day on Saturday, November 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., where families can enjoy a special day of cultural and holiday-themed performances from The Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker Ensemble, the Chien Hong School of Kung Fu and Peruvian group Apu Inka.

Holly Jolly Activities
The fun continues on weekends from November 29 through December 21 with Holly Jolly Activities, featuring a Puppet Factory hosted by The Center for Puppetry Arts on Saturdays from noon until 2 p.m., winter-themed Tadpole Tales on December 27 and 28 at 1:30 p.m. and classic holiday cartoons every weekend. Films include:
A Charlie Brown Christmas on November 29-30,
‘Tis the Season to be Smurfy on December 6-7,  
A Flintstone  Family Christmas on December 13-14,
How the Grinch Stole Christmas  on December 20-21, and
Disney's Sing Along Songs: Very Merry Christmas every weekend from November 29 – December 14 and daily from December 19–24.
Martinis & IMAX® Evening Viewing Hours
Adults can enjoy music, films, small plates, a nip from a yuletide toddy and more as they enjoy evening viewing hours of Winter Wonderland during Martinis & IMAX® on November 21, December 5, December 12 and December 19 from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Holiday Shopping
For those searching for a perfect gift, Fernbank’s Museum Store offers a variety of gift ideas, including dinosaur merchandise, jewelry, activity books, science kits, games, toys, ornaments and more. Fernbank also offers gift memberships and gift certificates. The Museum Store’s annual holiday sale offers an additional 10% off store purchases for Museum members on December 6 and 7, 2014.

Tickets and Other Information
All Winter Wonderland activities are included with Museum admission and are free for members. Evening viewing hours during Martinis & IMAX® are included with cover charge tickets as well as with IMAX® film tickets. The Museum Store is available for shoppers without the need for a ticket.

Museum admission is $18 for adults, $17 for students/seniors, $16 for children ages 3 to 12, free for children ages 2 and younger and free for Museum Members. Martinis & IMAX® prices are $8 for cover charge or $13 for an IMAX® film ticket, which includes a free cover charge.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History is located at 767 Clifton Road NE in Atlanta. Tickets and visitor information are available at and 404.929.6300. Fernbank Museum will be closed on Nov. 27 and Dec. 5 but will enjoy regular, daily operating hours throughout the remaining holiday season.

Winter Wonderland is made possible in part by the Nissan Foundation to support cultural learning.

The Winter Wonderland Celebration Day is sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities Inc

Monday, November 17, 2014

Birthday Weekend #teenboys #lotsoffun #paintball @WildfirePaintball

For those that follow me on facebook, I posted a couple of these pics Saturday. My son's birthday isn't until Wednesday, but we had his friends over this weekend.  He didn't want a big celebration, but he did want to do something.  So our something was to go to lunch at Krystal (his choice) where I got a 48 count Krystal bag and drinks to feed the beasts.

When they were done devouring, they went to building. So funny to watch these guys.

We then headed over to Wildfire Paintball.  My daughter decided to join in the fun.  They did well until a couple of guys with their own gear came in.  They still enjoyed the game, that's just when the bruises started to crop up.  The funny here was there was a birthday party for a 10/11 yo boy that was there at the same time.  The young ones challenged the teens to a round.  The young ones were winning up until one particular boy gave up and then the domino effect occurred and the entirety of the group left the game.  (There were around 13 young boys against my 5.)  When the two with their own gear came in, they put the two against the 18.  The 2 won.

After they'd gone through around 2000 rounds of ammunition, we headed home for a "quiet" evening of XBox/Playstation. It was awesome getting to listen to these guys have a blast. I have to say I enjoy having my kids' friends over.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Holiday Gifting Guide part 1 @HeartofHaiti #Trade-Not-Aid @Macys

When it comes to holiday shopping, my family can be difficult to find things for (to put it mildly).  This year, I'm looking at gifts for the adults that mean more than just a "normal" gift.  Gifts that give back are the primary items on my list.  When thinking of those gifts, you can go for National Wildlife Federation or other charity, or you can do something like Macy's Heart of Haiti/Rwanda Path to Peace.

In 1994, Rwanda was torn apart by a brutal and swift genocide—in roughly 100 days, close to one million Rwandan citizens were murdered. In the aftermath, the population of this small African nation was nearly 70% women. Faced with an uncertain future, these women turned to their past and reclaimed their unique heritage of weaving. Drawing strength from this common history and ancient art form, brave women from both sides of the conflict organized groups of weavers, in an effort to rebuild their communities and their lives... together. This July marked the 20 year anniversary of the genocide.

Macy’s went to Rwanda in 1995, in an effort to help support the struggling economy. This year also marks the 10 year anniversary of the Macy's Rwanda Path to Peace collection. Today, the Path to Peace project is larger than ever, employing over 2,500 weavers and impacting tens of thousands of lives. Focused on trade, not aid, the Rwanda Path to Peace project puts the power of opportunity into the hands of the women of Rwanda, providing not only sustainable income but the chance to take an active role in the shaping of their future.

I was given a bread basket from this program.  It is handwoven and made of sweetgrass and raffia and is absolutely lovely.  There are quite a few gifts that give hope, all part of a fair trade collection.  Macy's has programs that support Heart of Haiti, which helps the Haitians that are still rebuilding from their major earth quake a few years ago, FEED which helps to feed children around the world, and RWANDA Path to Peace.  It's an awesome thing that you can give a gift to family and still give back at the same time.

You can find out more about Rwanda Path to Peace and its items by following Heart of Haiti's social channels at @HeartofHaiti on Twitter and on Facebook.  You can check out the products that Macy's carries here:  Gifts that Give Hope

 Have you considered purchasing a gift that gives back for your list?

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Volunteering at the holidays @OCC #OperationChristmasChild

Sometimes it's hard to find the time to volunteer at the holidays, sometimes not so much.  A charity that my daughter and I have supported over the years is Operation Christmas Child.  While a part of American Heritage Girls we did several events where we collected items for boxes and toured one of the packaging facilities. Unfortunately, she wasn't old enough at the time to actually work in the warehouse, so instead we made boxes.  If you're looking for a fairly easy way to donate this year, let this be one of the things you consider.  As you consider it, take a look at this video to help you figure out how to pack a box.

National Collecting Week is Nov. 17th - 24th. You can find collection sites on the Samaritan's Purse web site.