Monday, April 26, 2010

Atlanta - Day One

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to go to a Beth Moore Conference in Atlanta. I was extremely excited for this trip, because I love me some Beth Moore and this conference was on her new book, So Long Insecurity. What girl doesn't need some help in that department, right!? Another highlight to the trip...I was going to get to meet some of my blogging friends for the very first time!

So on Friday morning, I kissed Alex & Amelia goodbye. This was the first time that I've ever left Amelia for more than a few hours, since she was born. Leading up to the trip, I couldn't even think about leaving her or I would cry. So Friday morning came and I kissed her goodbye.

And I started crying.

I continued to cry in the car, but promised Joy that I would stop soon! (LOL)

Look at this would have cried too! :)

We met up with Mom in Memphis and she was our driver for the remainder of the trip. :)

Joy was gracious enough to let me have the front seat, since I get carsick. (LOL)

And then we hit the road in Memphis and headed towards Atlanta!!

It was a lovely scenic drive...

These are cows - just incase you didn't know...

No sweeter site than a Sonic...

This is Talladega Speedway. All I could think of when driving past this place was, "I'm all jacked up on Mountain Dew!!"

And then we saw this!!

Upon arrival, we went straight to the hotel, checked in, changed clothes and headed out for some dinner. We decided on The Melting Pot. The three of us had never been before, but have always wanted to go.

We started with the cheesy spinach-artichoke fondue. Delicious!!

For our main course, we had filet & chicken. The waitress told us that we were going to cook it ourselves and I was like, "Say what!??" I personally don't understand the whole "going out to eat and paying someone so that you can cook your own meal."

But we went with it.

This was my least favorite course.

I think it was my least favorite, because I needed some cheese to dip the meat in...

And I was afraid of not cooking my meat properly and getting E. coli, so I over-cooked it and it tasted like rubber.

Yet another good reason for a REAL chef to be on site to cook my meal.

But then she brought out the third course...

And angels sang.

We chose the chocolate peanut butter fondue. And they gave you all sorts of goodies to dip.

I actually had to lift my hands in praise after having the first bite.

You think I'm kidding. I.AM.NOT.

It was like an out of body experience.

It made cooking my own rubber filet & chicken worth it.

Definitely going back for dessert at The Melting Pot!

At this point, it's about 10pm (or later), so we head back to the hotel. I text my friend, Faith to see if they're at the hotel and she responds with a positive. So I head on up to meet these girls for the very first time. I was so stinkin' excited!! Caroline answered my knock at the door. We both did a happy dance. Then I see Faith and Jenna and I think my heart will just explode! We hugged each others necks and I make my way in to see who else is in the room. Kelly, Ashley, Betsy, and Mandi were there also. One word for all of the girls pictured below...PRECIOUS!

In the pic: Me, Faith, Jenna, Mandi, Betsy, Kelly, Caroline. All of these girls are just beautiful on the inside and out! And I can't forget Betsy's sweet daughter, Ashley, who took the picture for us (pics of her to come). :) I'm hoping we've talked her into starting her own blog very soon!

After visiting with the girls for a bit, I went back to my room and tried to get some sleep. TRIED being the keyword. It was hard to shut my mind off at that point. Eventually, I fell asleep and rested up for day two in Atlanta!

More to come...

Love to all,


Kelly said...

I loved meeting you and your family! I'm so glad ya'll made that long journey!

Lauren Kelly said...

I am loooving reading all the recaps!! Can't wait to see more pics!! :)

Courtney said...

It looks like you gals are ready to party. How great that you got to have a fun weekend. And yes, the melting pot is all about the cheese and the chocolate. I think they know that and this is why they don't offer a package of just those two things, no one would go for the meat. I haven't met a chocolate there I didn't like. Fun!

Annie said...

how fun!
I love the melting pot- but when we go, we do salad, cheese fondue & dessert... we skip on the meat, because I am just like you, I hate cooking it myself and am so scared its not going to get done! Sometimes we even go just for dessert... Mmmmmm... You've got me craving it now! :)

Cant wait to hear about the rest of your trip! so exciting that you got to meet all those precious girls!

Heather said...

I am SOOOOOOO sad that I missed the trip!!! Hope we can do another one soon. I love that you included the sweet picture of the Sonic!! AMEN, girl! And I will definitely be visiting a melting pot soon--chocolate peanut butter fondue?!?!?!!? Heaven!!!! :)

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great pictures...I wanted to go so badly but had a am living it vicariously through all the blogs...

Faith said...

Oh man, seeing these pics make me miss you guys even more! I'm so thankful for the time we were able to hang out with one another. I can still remember how excited I was to see you at our hotel door! It was so much fun. Please tell Joy and your Mom I said "hey!"

Mel said...

How awesome! This looks like so much fun and what amazing fellowship.

And we go to The Melting Pot for dessert ONLY. It is my favorite. With a glass of red wine, it is like heaven on the table!

Betsy said...

Mmmmmm....LOVE the Melting Pot!! That chocolate is to die for!! I remember when I left Ashley for the first time to go to Florida. I think I cried half the way there. I am so glad you came to ATL though and that I got to meet you. I have you on my sidebar now so I can keep up with you!!

Betsy said...

PS-I am still laughing about when I saw you at the door and recognized you, but I didn't know your name. I asked Kelly, "Is that Averittfam??" haha

The Lynchs said...

LOVE the Melting Pot! We always go for the appetizer and dessert - it's almost a full meal because they bring soooo much stuff out!

It's awesome you got to meet some blogging buddies! How special!