This weekend presented the opportunity to use up a weekend in Gatlinburg we bought at the school auction in February. And since we have to go through Knoxville to get there, we decided to add a little time and visit with some of our most favorite people!
Naturally when you're hanging out, talking, and visiting sometimes your brain (at least mine) doesn't remember to take pictures!!! I don't even think it's my brain as much as it is having Hudson as a 2 year old!
But even without photographic evidence, I can write about the time we got to spend with our family and friends!
Grandma and Uncle Eric They made the road trip but Knoxville was their destination. We all went to dinner Saturday night at Mom's favorite restaurant, Shonos. Pretty sure she's been dreaming of that meal since she left Knoxville!!
Donna and Barry aka BarryDonna aka our bonus grandparents aka my steparents (it's so much easier to explain them to people that way, but it baffles me that people rarely question why my steparents live together!). The kids had a fun time playing hide and seek both times we were at the house - who knew there were so many fun places to hide at Donna and Barry's house?!? And Hudson enjoyed walking Chumlee and added a new recognizable word - "puppy"! Well, it was Chumlee or his new sleeping bag - one of them was the reason for the word!
Kerri and Brian - we got to have dinner with them (and the whole family) and spend the night at their house. Only people who have been through having 4 kids at our kids' ages aren't phased by our family crashing at their pad. The kids loved swimming in the pool and of course, the puppies - they still have 4 puppies waiting to go home from the last litter. Sam insisted on pictures of the puppies - so I have those! None of our friends though! Haha
Miss Jane aka our bonus grandma We got to have lunch with her on our way home today. The kiddos love spending time with her, especially Marlie (I get it, she's been one of my favorite people since I was 10!) - and today they also mentioned how much they love her hugs! The kids got to play on the playground after we ate so I actually got a chance to visit! Our visits are always too short, but mean the world to our kiddos, my Mom, and Jay and I.
On our way out of Knoxville Sunday, we stopped and had lunch at a restaurant where our friend is the GM. It was good to see his face - he and Jay were friends when I met them, so I have known him as long as my husband.
We then enjoyed a couple days at a cabin in the mountains. Luckily the kids loved it and enjoyed seeing the mountains . . . Because they're gonna be living in the mountains soon! Sunday was a rainy day so we hit up the Aquarium.
Sunday we went to Dollywood . . . for 7 hours . . . and it was sooooo much fun! I can't wait to do amusement parks more as the kids get older. Dollywood will always hold a special place in my heart - it's where I grew up going all the time, and since everything is supposed to be older, things don't change!
Some great signs I saw . . .