Since the last time my parents visited Atlanta was over a year ago (not trying to make you two feel bad or anything, I promise!), I was extremely excited to have them in town this past weekend. So much has changed since their last visit: Drew and I both have new jobs, our apartment is looking at little more homey–it’d only been a few months after the wedding when they came to visit–and, oh yeah, a dog lives in our apartment now. Coincidentally, they were also visiting during a pretty big weekend-both St. Patrick’s Day and the Georgia marathon were on Sunday. Their first few minutes in the city were spent experiencing the
organized extreme chaos that is Atlanta traffic.
Saturday we awoke to absolutely perfect weather. I’d been watching the forecast all week and the weatherman actually got it right-low 70’s and sunny. Much, much better than the cold snow back home in Kentucky, right guys? We went to Flying Biscuit for breakfast, a cafe Drew and I had been meaning to go to since we moved to Atlanta-especially since it’s just a few blocks from the apartment. After another great meal we decided to take advantage of the warm weather and head to Piedmont Park. After a quick browse through the farmer’s market, we headed on to the dog park. We met a bunch of cute dogs and of course Theo was the life of the party, as usual. One dog in particular would not leave Theo’s side for even a second. We called him ‘stalker dog’ for the remainder of the visit-he even tried to leave with us and made an escape run for the gate!
We spent the rest of the day relaxing until heading back out for our dinner reservation for JCT Kitchen. Fries apparently were the theme of the weekend. While browsing our menus, we raved to Mom and Dad about the truffle oil Parmesan fries. I think those were Dad’s favorite thing. I’m sure he and Drew could have each polished off their own bowl. Thankfully, they shared with their wives 😉
Sunday was another beautiful day, although a bit chillier with the sun hiding behind clouds most of the day. After attending church and showing Mom and Dad the new building that Grace Midtown moved into almost a year ago, we headed out to Decatur for lunch. Drew and I figured we needed to celebrate St. Patty’s Day appropriately, plus we couldn’t skip an excuse to go back to Brickstore Pub. Once again taking advantage of the nice weather, we dined outside and then browsed the shops along the square. Before heading back home, we drove through Decatur, showing Mom and Dad where we hope to move next year. We discovered some really, really nice neighborhoods (and some not-so-nice ones). We even stumbled upon two little girls running a lemonade stand. It’s still a ways away yet, but Drew and I get excited thinking and planning for the future.
Just when you think we wouldn’t be able to stuff ourselves with anymore food, we went all out and ordered deep dish for dinner. Nancy’s is a restaurant that actually originated out of Chicago and makes authentic deep-dish style pizza here in Atlanta. Soon after, with happy hearts and full bellies, we said our goodbyes. It was a weekend full of fun, laughter, great food and some much-needed time with family. Mom and Dad, thank you so much for coming to visit and see our stomping grounds, filling our freezer with enough meals to last us a month, and making us feel so loved. I know how proud you are of the two of us, but really, I’m just as proud and blessed to have such amazing parents. Until next time! And hey, let’s not make it almost a year and a half again, OK?!