Weekending - Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thank God for long weekends!! We had a fun one. A little relaxing and a little on the go too... just the way I like it. Basically the weekend held all of my favorite things... wine on the deck with friends, quality time with my kiddoes doing fun stuff, a neighborhood bbq, the dog park and more wine with a little Netflix on the couch.

Friday night was low key as usual just hanging at home with a friend for a glass of wine and some cheese on the deck.

Saturday morning we were up early to head to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park for a hike with friends, a picnic lunch and a time to reflect on some of our country's first military heroes to give their lives during the Civil War. It was my first time at the park even though I have lived in GA for a long time and what a great family activity... and it's all FREE!!!! Opposing forces maneuvered through and fought on this very land from June 19,1864 until July 2, 1864 during the Atlanta Campaign... leading up to Sherman's March to the Sea, or the Savannah Campaign, which followed. It's a little more than a two mile round trip hike from start to finish which sounds easy but parts were a little steep and apparently I need more cardio in my life. You're hiking straight up for a mile with some flat spots mixed in here and there... good thigh and glute workout fo sho!

We packed lunches and ate at the top and enjoyed the view of the city of Atlanta way off in the distance. There are several cannons up there (all pointing North)  that were actually drug up the mountain by the Confederate soldiers. Talk about unbelievable... massive pieces of cast iron in places where you think... "how in the hell did they get this here?  We saw trench systems dug by the soldiers for cover and possibly the coolest thing... many the rocks at the top are littered with initials, sayings, and words of wisdom carved by the soldiers that fought and likely died there. It was a bit emotional and awe inspiring to be standing on hallowed ground! There was even a marriage proposal at the top of the mountain that the kids saw and the Mom's missed by minutes... damn... I hated to miss that...
Seriously, if you live in Atlanta or are visiting it's a cool thing to do! P.S. and by the way there were some seriously hot bearded men in the Civil War as seen in the museum at the park... bonus.

One of the rocks we saw was inscribed with "Prepare to meet they God"...

The rest of the day we were just home relaxing. Sunday we hooked up with friends and neighbors for a little grillin and more deck chillin. It was a pot luck and I whipped up some yummy home made potato salad and a haphazard dessert we are calling "Death by Funfetti". Monday was dog park and Netflix, kids roaming the hood with friends in lieu of the pool which everyone bailed on. I will get my pool time next weekend sans kids!

All in all a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!


  1. What a great weekend, and I love that you even included some history :) Now if we can only make it through 3 and a half more days until the next one!

  2. Love a good hike and you got some great pics too!! Happy Tuedsay!

  3. Death by funfetti. I like it.

    Awesome family hike! Really good pics.

  4. i love that you guys all went hiking!! the ticks are bananas this year so i'm afraid to go because ain't nobody got time for lyme disease.

  5. Cheese and wine is how my weekend started too :) So glad you had a great family filled weekend - especially with great food! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. Looks like a great hike and the view is amazing! That dessert though yum!!

  7. gimme the cheese!! beautiful views on that hike!