Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hotlanta - Part 1 - The Accomodations

We just got back from a fantastic week in Atlanta, so I have a ton of blog reading to catch up on.  I answered e-mails on my awesome new phone, but spent very little time doing any web browsing, because I figured I couldn't tell the boys to go easy on the laptops, if I was mesmerized by the screen, too.
WD playing War Crack Warcraft.

Through the magic of pre-writing and scheduling posts to launch, I was able to continue to post this past week, but we've been enjoying fun in the hot southern sun for the past week.

Normally when you read one of these travel posts, there are some pics of the hotel room or cruise ship cabin.  We stayed at the Hotel Mom and Dad.  My parents love having their kids and grandkids visit, and retired to a home that perfectly accomodates all of us(4 kids + spouses, and 5 grandkids so far.)  This trip it was just us visiting, but we've all converged on their home before.  CG and I stayed in the cavernous upstairs master suite.  I know all my fellow bloggers are drooling over the campaign furniture and wondering why I haven't gotten my hands on it.

I could do cartwheels in the en suite bath.  There are separate his & hers vanities, a jetted whirlpool tub, and in the other direction there's a 6'x3' linen closet(larger than the one that serves my whole house,) a huge walk-in shower, and a large toilet alcove.

Your unpacked luggage can go in the campaign furniture, or the ample hanging space in the walk-in closet.

Whirling Dervish's and

Snuggle Bunny's generously sized rooms

are connected by a Jack & Jill bath.  One of the knocks against J&J baths is that people forget to unlock both sides, and you have to go around anyway to get in.  This bath is set up with the double vanities in the initial shared space with a door to the right that leads to the shower/bath and toilet area.  All the private space is behind the one door while the shared J&J vanity space has the double doors.  Forgotten locks aren't an issue.

As nice as the accomodations were, the boys didn't spend very much time in their rooms.  They were too busy playing games like bocce,

and fishing

with their Papa.

My parents' home has a lakeview, and it's a good thing because it was just a short walk back when they were caught fishing in a sudden downpour.

Most of the time was sunny and hot, so the boys had a great time in the subdivision's pool.  Atlanta kids are back in school this week, and WD found it particularly nice to be swimming when school buses had been by in the morning.  We won't head back to school til after Labor Day.

SB was having so much fun in the pool.  The pool goes from 3' in the extreme shallow end to 5' in the deep end.  Perfect for a beginning swimmer who's been a little afraid of the deep end.  Here he is jumping in without his swim vest

into water above his head.  Woohoo!

During the hottest parts of the days we retreated back to the air conditioning and played video games in the gaming room, ping pong in the large game room, and watched movies in the theater room.

But for me the best part about staying at Hotel Mom & Dad?  The home cooking.  Pho(noodle soup,) Bun Rieu(crab soup,) Banh Xeo(vietnamese filled rice crepe,) Banh Cong(shrimp toast,) too many missed authentic dishes, most of which I inhaled before thinking about my camera.

Thanks for popping in and checking out the home side of our Atlanta stay.  I'm linking up to Decor To Adore's Wayfaring Wednesdays.

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  1. Looks like so much fun! I literally laughed out loud at "war crack" because my husband used to play that and I wish I'd thought of that name back then. :)

  2. OK, so Mom and Dad live in a mansion!! Holy cow, the bedrooms are huge and a theater room! Are they taking reservations? Looks like you all had fun even in the down pour!


  3. What a nice, relaxing vacation! That sounds seriously good right now.

  4. Looks like it was great fun!! And yummy, too. Fishing, pool, relaxation, and good food... Ahhhhh. Heaven on earth.

  5. Looks like such a terrific break! Thanks for always leaving me lovely comments...really appreciate it!

  6. What a fabulous time!! Hotel Mom & Dad is always the best stay!! ... Luv the photo of the boys walking back in the rain... great one to enlarge and frame. They will have great memories. Welcome back.xo HHL

  7. What a huge house! Sounds like you had a great time.

  8. I'm so glad you had a fun get away with family! WOW that house is big! So much space! Looks like a great time!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  9. Hi Marcia!
    Looks like you all had a great time. The tree trimming with bricks turned out so well. I am sure the memories will be so much better for you all staying with your parents instead of at a hotel anyway!
    Lakeside, poolside, exotic foods. and a home movie theater too!? Looks great to me... any vacancies left? !!!!
    Sign me up!

  10. Wow, looks like a beautiful place. Those are some great pictures, too!


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