Monday, April 5, 2010

Birthday in the Big City!

I have been wanting to take a getaway for a couple of months now. Life has been busy to say the least! My birthday fell on Easter weekend this year and I had a long weekend. So we set off for the big city to celebrate! Thursday after work we headed to Birmingham and then on Friday morning we headed to Atlanta.

The weather was beautiful for the whole weekend! Our first stop was Chipotle for lunch. We enjoyed MASSIVE burritos in the sunshine.

After lunch and a fun stop at Trader Joe's, we checked into our hotel in Buckhead. We found a great deal on (one of my favorite bargain travel sites) and we were not disappointed at all. It was really nice and we were in a great location that was central to walking everywhere- great shopping and eating and just a block or two from a MARTA station.

We took the MARTA to downtown and walked through Olympic Centennial Park.

Then we arrived at the Georgia Aquarium. We enjoyed seeing so many interesting types of fish. So colorful and some huge!

Afterward we enjoyed a Coke in honor of being in Atlanta and right next to the World of Coke.

We headed back to Buckhead on the MARTA and walked around some more. We went to Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza and did a little shopping. Ronnie enjoyed car watching while we trucked all over the place. We saw so many Ferrari's, Lamborghini's, Maserati's, and Bently's!

We headed back to the hotel and changed then headed out for a birthday dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. We split a piece of the Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake and it was fantastic!

Saturday morning we walked to breakfast at a nearby bakery and then set off to Ikea! It was fun to wander through the room displays.

We ate lunch there and then headed off back to Birmingham, but with a detour to meet my new niece. We share the same birthday!

Isn't she a cutie?! She is just itty bitty. I'm so glad that we could meet her. We finally returned to Birmingham and enjoyed getting to spend sometime with my parents and friends. We celebrated Easter there and also celebrated my dad's birthday a few days early.

It was a great getaway....just what I wanted for my birthday!


Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

Y'all are so cute! Fun trip, I kind of envy your easy getaway... enjoy them now because we kids are around it's a lot harder to flyaway for the weekend.

Where did you stay in Buckhead? I forgot to ask you that. The Lemon-Raspberry Cheesecake is my favorite.

Thanks for stopping in to meet little miss; she's even tinier now than she was the day you visited but hopefully soon she'll be packing on the extra ounces.

Amanda said...

That looks like it was a ton of fun. . . Thanks for documenting it with the great pictures!

I loved that you took the Marta all around town ... my parents tried to get me to take Marta from the airport once. . .

Your niece is too cute, LOVE HER! Best birthday gift ever . . .

I also liked your top in the Cheesecake picture, new?

Gracie said...

Christian: we stayed at the Double Tree Hotel

Amanda: Thanks, it is actually a dress I got at Old Navy...back in the winter they pulled out a clearance of a bunch of summer stuff, it was so random. I got it out about a week ago and I am loving it!

Joey and Elizabeth said...

We literally JUST MISSED EACH OTHER!!! Joey & I went Mon-Wed after Easter as a mini-vacation since he just got back & baby Lucy is due soon. We stayed in the same area & went all those places as well :)
Hope y'all had a great time! I hate we missed each other!!

Gracie said...

It would have been so fun to run into yall there Elizabeth!! Too bad we just missed. Hope that yall had a blast there. I am so happy for you that Joey is back!

Amanda said...

Just to add--we went to Chipotle last night and it was heavenly! When you come out, we'll go every other day, k? We have to alternate so we can go to InNOut on off days!