Monday, May 24, 2010

Highlights from Jody and Ensa's Visit

A couple of weeks ago my dear friend Jody and her husband Ensa came to visit us from Germany. We had a great time eating, shopping, and showing them around the area. Jody hadn't been to the states in over 4 years and wanted to do some shopping. We went to the mall at least 3 times and then there was Target, Kohl's, Ulta, Whole Foods, Wal-mart etc...And, she wanted to eat certain things while she was here...Dominoes, Five Guys, Dairy Queen, Mexican, and a few others I can't remember right now. Whew, it was a busy week!

This was Ensa's first trip to the US and we wanted to make it special so we made some posters to welcome them. I think Lily and Katy did a great job on this one!

Jody is so awesome! I heart her :)

Me, Ensa, and Jody on their first day here ready to go sightseeing in Atlanta.

Of course we had to stop at Planet Smoothie and get a smoothie for the road.

While we were waiting for our smoothies Lily decided to cover Katy in stickers just because.

Travis is an excellent tour guide and gave us a great driving tour of downtown.

On the Georgia Tech campus.

The Margaret Mitchell House.

A good ol' Marta bus.

State Capital Building. Noah went on a field trip there this year and told us about how the gold on the dome needs to be replaced 4 or 5 times a year.

We were near Turner Field and happened upon these cars racing in a parking lot. It was pretty fun to watch. Turns out there were other racing types of events nearby as well.

Travis and Ensa have nice shoulders for sitting.

But Noah's are the best!

One morning Travis took Ensa to Blanket's Creek for some mountain bike riding. Ensa had never been before and Jody was a little worried he might get hurt, but Travis assured her he would be fine. They were not gone more than an hour before they returned because Ensa had an accident. Thankfully, it was a minor accident but the front tire was bent so the biking was over for the day.

Jody wanted Travis to make California rolls like he used to when we lived in Iceland, but since they aren't $14 a roll here it's just easier to buy them. Travis made summer rolls to go along with them.

One night we grilled steaks and had corn on the cob and salad. Another night we went over to Carols' house and had dinner.

What could be better than a buffet at a Mexican restaurant?

Cheesing it up with my Lily.

Ensa loves CNN and wanted very much to take the tour of the CNN center. The tour is not designed for children under 12, so Jody took Katy to Centennial Park while me, Travis, and Ensa went.

You aren't allowed to take pictures during the tour so I took a few before and after. Tony Harris was on the air while we went through as well as Chuck Roberts. The tour was awesome and I highly recommend it.

After the tour we had lunch at the food court in the CNN center.

Mommy and Katycat.

Ensa was so patient and good with the kids and the girls took to him immediately.... even Pepper like him. I was worried Pepper might act out and have accidents in the house on purpose like she did the last time we had house guests. But it was all good. Jody had Pepper on her lap in no time and she doesn't do that for just anybody.

Lily loves nail polish and makeup and Jody is an expert when it comes to nail polish and makeup. She spent some time with the girls doing their nails and make them up and they just loved it. The night before they left Lily insisted we have a girl party which was just us girls listening to music and dancing.... oh and Lily was in charge and told us when to dance and when not to dance. Good times!

We had a wonderful visit with Jody and Ensa and already look forward to the next time we see them. Hopefully, it won't be another 3 years before we do. We love you guys!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is SO AWESOME and all of your are SO AWESOME!!!! Thanks for the WONDERFUL vacation and tour and especially for the great blogging. I don't know how you do it all. You are truly Wonder Woman and Super Woman all in one!
Thanks again for EVERYTHING! We hope to see you again soon!
Love you all!
Ensa & Jody