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Goats, Goats, and more Goats

When I was a little girl, my mother took me for a weekend trip to Indianapolis.  We stayed at a hotel with a pool that you could swim inside and then slip through an underwater door and swim outside.  We ate at the hotel restaurant where I tried my first chicken breast (I was a leg girl before that), I ordered my first kiddy cocktail and I order a Chivas Regal on the rocks for my mom while was in the bathroom.I don’t remember what else we did on that trip, but I remember my mom driving the car while we listened to Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight.

I decided that when I became a mother I would take each of my children on a weekend trip, just like my mom did with me.  Next weekend is the first of those trips.   I will take my daughter to the Goats Music and More Festival in Tennessee.  She is obsessed with goats, LOVES them LOVES them.  She saw an article in a Readers Digest magazine at the doctor’s office last year about this festival. Since then, she has been planning for us to go.  Friday we head to Nashville where we’ll pick up our rental car and head out to Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg, Tennessee.  We’ll stay there till mid day on Saturday when we’ll head back to Nashville to do some sightseeing, some swimming at the pool, relaxing in the hot tub, and hopefully, we’ll be able to find some good white food for my girl along the way.  On Saturday evening we’ll head to the Grand Old Opry!  I was reminded by a friend that I went to college with a guy who actually works for the Opry  .He helped us get tickets and will be getting us a back stage tour!  We plan to sleep in on Sunday and then head out to A Cowboy Town in Whites Creek where we’ll do some horseback riding, pan for gold and enjoy the Tennessee countryside.

I hope to give to her memories that she will cherish, similar to those that I have.

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Cute goat print hanging in Aida’s room

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A clay goat I made as a topper for Aida’s birthday cake last year

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Aida’s Room tips

Well, we finished the room and so far, she has actually slept in the loft every night minus one for a sleepover and another when she really just wanted to snuggle with me.  I think the room is fabulous.  Here’s what we did…

I took her 1st grade clay self portrait and using and IKEA frame and paper from home, made this cute wall hanging.

Since our trips to Door County this year, she has insisted her favorite animal is a goat.  So, I bought some goat art online and some frames from goodwill.  I painted and decorated the frames.

We bought a new dresser and a small shelf for her pop up books.  She does want a new bookshelf entirely so that she can organize her books.  That will have to wait till this weekend.  The magnetic board and light are straight from IKEA.  Homework goes on the board.

I used a paper cutter from Martha Stewart to help with the little window garland.  I was lucky to get this at Goodwill for $3.

I bought the bedding, rug and wastebasket from CW Price (I usually call this place crap warehouse, but we got a pretty good deal)

She is so happy with the room.  I totally appreciate my niece, sister and brother in law for giving us the bed.  And thanks to my husband for driving all the way to Indianapolis on a Friday evening to pick it up.