Living in Florida, the girls don’t get a real taste of fall weather. We travel to snow every winter, but have never traveled to experience fall. This year, when Mia asked where we could go to see fall, I knew we needed a road trip. Their dad had been camping several times in North Georgia and suggested we pack our bags and get on the road for Dahlonega, GA – about 7 hours from Orlando.
As we drove, we began to see and feel changes in the air and trees. It was quite amazing to watch the world transform. (Especially for me, who tries to steer clear of driving trips over 4 hours!) What we discovered and experienced once we arrived in the Dahlonega, puts this adventure on my top 5 list of my favorite weekend trips. I’m not sure if it was being immersed in the beauty of a season I barely recognized after 12 years living in Florida or if it was the happiness on the girls faces as they basked in all the glory fall has to offer.
First stop Monteluce Winery for lunch and fun in the vineyard
Dahlonega has a quaint downtown area with great restaurants, cafes and shops.
We stayed at the Amicolola Lodge, which was perfect for hiking and family adventure.
This trip will remain etched in my memory in a way I never could have imagined. I’m already making plans to go back next year. This is what family travel is all about.
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I don’t repost a lot, but this article on Babble today made way too much sense not to pass on. I originally read it on the site last March, but noticed they had repurposed it, and rightfully so.
I admit my little Mia often says, “Well I said I’m sorry!” I often wonder where I missed the boat on making sure she understood that just saying sorry doesn’t make it all better, all the time. Take a few minutes and read Christina Knapp’s article on Babble.com. I’m definitely going to take this info to heart.
The Real Meaning of Sorry
I bet I sucked you in with the wedding mention. As most of you know, I am not married, but do live a very committed and amazing life with my man a la Kurt Russell/Goldie Hawn style. So, no I didn’t make it legal just yet.
Making The Deal
I did however hop a plane to my hometown in good old Southwestern PA this weekend to see my little bro tie the knot. As Frank Sinatra says, “They did it their way.” With all the pressures in this materialistic world to throw a huge wedding attended by hundreds of people (including Aunt Sally twice removed), my brother and his wife decided to go against the grain and celebrate their day with siblings, parents and grandparents. Loved it and love them.
No way I could have not posted a few photos. Definitely inched me slightly closer to understanding all weddings don’t have to be financially draining balls of complete stress. Now, off to Oregon for these love birds to start their married life… If their wedding was a symbol of things to come, it’s going to be a great ride.
The Original Crazy Keefer Clan
Officially, Official… Now off to Oregon!
As Mia’s first ballet performance draws near, it’s all about the show in our house. It brings back lots of fond memories of the millions of shows I put together as a child. I decided to take a few photos of Saturday’s show to share. I don’t know if this is the route her ballet teacher is going, but it’s creative expression all the same and I love to see her express herself.
The Mia Show
She has some moves
I'd put her through to Vegas, but I'm bias
December has been a whirlwind month and 2009…. Well, 2009 has been a whirlwind year. Lots of ups and downs in the Mamma Mia world. What fun would it be without a little craziness, right?
I’m taking the next two weeks to relax, reflect and think about how I can make 2010 the best year yet for me, my family and the Mamma Mia blog. You should do the same. Shut down the Tweet Deck, close out of Facebook and take some time to regroup and figure out how you can be a better person, parent, friend, son, daughter, volunteer etc., etc.
If you have any suggestions, comments or thoughts regarding what you’ve read on Mamma Mia this year or what you’d like to see in the New Year… leave a comment and let me know.
I wish all of you the very happiest of holidays and a very blessed New Year!
At my baby shower, a friend asked that everyone bring their favorite childrens book to help build Mia’s library. What a fabulous idea that was! Mia had a little library ready to go when she arrived. I created a tiny book shelf for her so that all the books were easily accessible. I even set up a “reading chair” for her that she still uses today.
Mia definitely loves her books. I’m glad she inherited more than just my drama queen persona! Here are a few of her current favorites. I’m sure your little ones will love them just as much!
What are your children’s favorite books? Comment and let me know!
The moment you’ve all been waiting for… The new and improved Mamma Mia! Whoop! Whoop!
I didn’t write this past week because I’ve been hard at work trying to nail down the “feel” of Mamma Mia. I thought it would be easy, but many hours and one very patient web designer later, here it is. (Thanks Davin!)
What you can expect from the new Mamma Mia… A little bit of this and a little bit of that.
The plan is to hone in on five categories: general mom babble; travels with and without child; Mia’s must haves, clothes, products, music etc.; and about-town news, highlighting events and things to do in Central Florida.
The fifth category will be something kind of different. I realize that I am the mother of one pretty crazy and unique toddler. I also realize the diversity of the moms I know and the insight they provide to me. Therefore, once a month, I will have a guest blogger write on my blog to mix things up. Hey… Mia loves all moms, not just Mamma.
So there you have it. All I can say is that the new format inspires me, and I am super excited! It’s all about inspiration, and that’s why I’m including of photo of my lovely family today… because they inspire me. My sidekick Madison, my “life partner” Marcus and my muse… Mia.
Photos courtesy of Life Focus Photography