Momma’s in the house!

Yes I know I’ve used the word Momma…I will now hang my head in shame! It should ALWAYS be mum being from England and all but I just thought it sounded better!

Back to the blog…and yes I’ve been pretty pants at updating this little beast lately and here is why…

IMG_4124Ma Cook came to stay!! She flew back with me and set up camp at the Richter household for 3 weeks! She also brought the English weather with her and for the first few days we saw A LOT of rain…I blame her for it all!! But the sun did eventually come out, meaning it was time to show Ma Cook the sights at my new home! We did all sorts starting with the 4th of July parade that you already know about!

Then it was the tourist stuff that had to be done! We went to the Atlanta History Center where we learnt all about how Atlanta grew as a city, from its days in the Civil War to its recovery and growth into the metropolis it is today! Along with a whole section dedicated to when Atlanta hosted the Olympics back in 1996! Definitely worth a trip if you’re in the hood! Then afterwards you have to go to the One Star Ranch in Buckhead…it’s a BBQ joint (Yep I did just use the word ‘joint’ to describe a restaurant…Oh dear.) that does the most AMAZING BBQ food…starting with the onion strings and finishing with ribs…and lots of them!! Once again food has made it into the blog and no doubt it will again before the end of this post!!

Then we did the tourist spots in Downtown…the Georgia Aquarium

Hello Mr Lion Fish!

Hello Mr Lion Fish!

The World of Coca Cola where I got to make the German jealous and have some of this…

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Mezzo Mix!

Yep the lovely Mezzo Mix that the German was so excited to have when we went but when he pushed it only soda water came out! Remember that one? No? Click here then and find out more! And finally the CNN Center where I stared longingly at this…

Wowzers!

Wowzers!

Yep the CNN World Headquarters Newsroom! What I would give to work in that room! It’s a world away from my little newsroom back in England which had 3 or 4 computers…every journalist in this newsroom has at least 3 computer screens EACH!! Yes, EACH!!! Sadly I had to jog on with the tour and leave it behind…that image hasn’t left my mind though and as I will soon be able to get a job it’s definitely a target on the list!!

After the tourist stuff there was the shopping…yep Ma Cook wanted to stock up whilst she was away…and she had a list to fulfill from Poppa Cook so we HAD to go shopping! It’s a hard life! I don’t think the German was very happy with this though…going shopping meant I inevitably spent money. On 2 occasions I had a phone call saying you do realise you have just $4 in your account? Whoops! I think he may want to infringe a ban on me going shopping when visitors arrive! (I did get some nice new clothes to attempt to fill up that closet of mine though!! )

We went to Piedmont Park and discovered this little beaut…

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We returned to our childhoods and went on the swing!! The German did try his best to get it as high as possible (typical boy!) but got shouted at by me (typical girl was slightly scared I may fall off!) We also got Ma Cook involved, who with her little legs definitely felt like a child again…she couldn’t touch the floor…

Smile!

Smile!

We spent some lazy afternoons by the pool once the sun started shining again (apparently it’s the worst summer for YEARS!!! I’m still blaming Ma Cook!!) did some more shopping, including some for the Richter Wedding Part 2 next year (that’s all secret squirrel stuff though so you’re not allowed to know what we bought!!) and introduced Ma Cook to many a burger, more ribs, Jambalaya and chicken and biscuits along with a breakfast at the Another Broken Egg Cafe in Dunwoody where she filled up on an amazing omelette! (Again if you’re in the hood, or you spot one somewhere else in the States – I think they’re all over, you have to go in there!!)

Oh and no visitor comes to stay with the Richter’s without a trip here…

3 Strikes and you're out!

3 Strikes and you’re out!

We donned our Braves t-shirts and hats and took Ma Cook to the ball game and she LOVED it!! We tucked into massive hotdogs and chilli cheese fries (see yet another food reference!!) and watched the Braves sadly lose to the Cincinnatti Reds (I’m blaming Ma Cook for that one as well!!) but it soon became Ma Cook’s favourite sport! She especially likes the way the pitcher lifts his leg before throwing the ball! She loved it so much that the following day when there was a game on the TV I wasn’t allowed to speak to her whilst she watched it!!

But sadly it was time for Ma Cook to catch her flight home…we both shed a few tears as we said goodbye until probably Christmas…sad times! I’ve already seen her face a couple of times though on good old FaceTime so it’s not all bad!! Now it’s time for the newlywed Richters to have a little time together before the next visitors arrive on Friday…yep the Richter Hotel is busy during the summer months!! This weekend my Aunty, Uncle and cousin come to stay! Preparations are already underway…my cousin will be pleased to hear I invested in an airbed for him yesterday – to make sure the Richter Hotel has enough beds!!

Oh and we need to pay tribute and say RIP to this little guy…

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I say little, he was actually quite big – my brother and sister-in-law’s dog Drake passed away at the weekend 😦 He was a lovely dog and as the German put it a very good catcher! He’s gonna miss playing fetch with him at Ma Cook’s house – I think he wants me to fill in but I definitely won’t be as good as Drake!!

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3 thoughts on “Momma’s in the house!

  1. Your Mum has not changed a bit, hope she brought you some Percy pigs. Did you see in the news that a percy pig fight broke out whilst waiting outside the hospital when Kate was in labour? made me smile and think of us!

  2. Pingback: Goodbye Blighty…you’ve been amazing! | Me, Myself and Atlanta!

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