Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sarah Saw Something - Spring Break Edition

Every Saturday I share little bits and bobs that I found interesting in the blogosphere, but this weekend I'm doing something a little different.  I just spent five days on the road with my family driving from Dallas to Atlanta and back. We stayed with family, saw some old friends, met some new ones and had lots of fun.  Here are some highlights!

We took our son, Walker, to the Georgia Aquarium.  He has been to zoos before, but never an aquarium.  This place was off the hook.  If you've got a free afternoon in Atlanta - kids or no kids - the aquarium is definitely worth a visit!

That huge fish up there is a whale shark.

Since we were staying with family, they took Walker and Charlie for an evening so my husband and I could have a night out at the Buckhead Diner.  The decor and the food was amazing!  Even Elton John thinks so.  I enjoyed the best Grey Goose martini, dirty and up with extra olives EVER and finished dinner with a big slice of carrot cake so mouth-watering that I proposed to it.

The best dirty martini EVER!

cute husband

tipsy wife

On our way home to Dallas, we took a scenic detour into Creole country and visited Natchitoches on the Cane River in Louisiana.  This is the town where, among many other important and historic things, Steel Magnolias was filmed.  Its an incredible place and I can't wait to return for further, more in-depth exploration.

I stumbled upon the Kaffie-Frederick Mercantile, which was a magical general store filled to the brim with old and new house wares and home improvement bric-a-brac.  This place was established in 1863, during the civil war.  I could have spent the whole day in this store.

...and then, just off of Horne Street I found a place called the Book Merchant and this sweet old guy was selling, yes, books - but also some wonderful vintage and antique furniture.  

And guess what I found?  Finally - the perfect chandelier for my master bedroom.  If you follow this blog, you know that I have been on the hunt for a medium sized, vintage chandelier for under 200 dollars.  I was so excited to see it hanging in the window that I almost wet my pants. I must admit that I got cold feet once I was in the store.  I didn't really have the money and I wasn't expecting to see "the perfect" lighting fixture.  My husband said I was a moron to walk away from it.  The shop owner said it belonged to his wife and was taken out of the foyer of her New Orleans family home.  So, I bought it!  I promise to post pics when its installed.

It was liberating to hit the road this past week.  Running away from work, bills and the hub-bub of Dallas for a week was just what my family and I needed.  Do you have a spring road trip in the works?


anita said...

Sarah, that sounds like the most perfect road trip/spring break ever! Thanks for taking us along...
I love the chandelier!!

Appletree said...

great chandelier!

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

I've been to that aquarium with my kids as well and it's AMAZING!!! Loved your finds and that chandelier...soooo pretty! I can't wait to see it installed:)

Raina Cox said...

That sounds like the best getaway EVER. And YAY for finding your dream fixture!

Jacki said...

wow, that sounds like a great time! And what a find in that chandelier! WTG!!

Tereza Anton said...

This photos are amazing, such a lovely post.

Chassity (Look Linger Love) said...

Ya'll r so cute :)

24 Corners said...

I want to spend a day in that mercantile too!! congrats on your new's beautiful!
Glad you all had such a wonderful trip...
xo J~

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Sarah- Love those adorable photos of your adorable son at the aquarium!

And your new chandy is amazing!


Brandi said...

Ok I'll admit I'm completely jelly of your road trip and that chandelier! I've been looking for a smallish one for my bathroom too! Hubs and I are going to Florida next month so I'm looking forward to that!