I usually edit my files to resize them and/or fix lighting, etc. But, these are as-is from my camera, so they aren’t perfect, but anyway, here they are…
Here is what our yard looked like on Sunday:
That evening we went to “Magic Beyond Belief.” It was a great show that we all loved, even the babies! First of all, in this group of shows, kids get in FREE (1 child per paying adult). And, we were on the front row, which was really neat. And, I’m not one for magic shows usually, but the magician was a Christian and he made sure to state that it is performance art, and only that. He even stated that if you want a real miracle, you have to look to Christ. I just thought it was really neat, and he even stayed on at the end of the show to chat, sign autographs, etc. And, again…forgot my camera! ugh. But, it was a great show that I felt good about going to
Again, I forgot my camera–do you see a trend??? We went into Gatlinburg to Ripley’s Aquarium. It was neat, but it was expensive and ridiculously crowded. Caeden is so timid and gets stressed in crowded situations so it wasn’t really all that I had hoped it would be, but it was neat and he did warm up and start looking and enjoying the fish and everything eventually.
That night we went to the Black Bear Jamboree. This was another dinner show that I would definitely recommend. We all loved it, and it’s with the same group of shows that the magic show was in, so the kids got in for free and got their own seat and all that (Caeden was free for Dixie Stampede, but only if he sat in our lap and didn’t get his own plate).
Even Logan enjoyed the show!
Caeden loved the singing and dancing!
Here is Caeden, being a ham. He loved that bear! As soon as we came out of the show, he went straight back to it.
And, after the show we thought we needed some more fun, and I just happened to notice a little play area on our way back to the lodge! How cool is that? Caeden thought it was really cool.
And, while we were there, Chad made use of our jack to go help change a tire for someone who hit a fire hydrant and blew his. I love that man! I am so proud to be married to him. There he goes.
(In true Tennessee fashion, the people standing beside us were smoking right beside a “No smoking within 25 feet of play area” sign, and laughing at the guy who blew his tire.)
Time to check out and go home. We had originally planned to visit the Smoky Mountain National Park, but then decided it was too long a drive, so we saved that for another trip (because we had so much fun that we’re already planning to make it an annual thing)…We settled for a couple of pics taken from a little area created on the side of the road:
So, we were trying to think of one last thing to do, and settled on a visit to the Three Bears General Store. This was a huge score. The babies were less in love with this, but we adults thought it was a pretty neat place to be. I bought a cute purse and a really cute insulated picnic basket (I know, goodbye frugal with that one, but it was just so cute!). There were some neat things in the store area. There was also an arcade where Chad and I played air hockey (I won)
Finally, he was tuckered out from his “trip”…so tuckered that he fell asleep in daddy’s arms while eating lunch at Texas Roadhouse.
And, if you’re wondering, somewhere in there I finally did finish my final stuff for school. We came back to the lodge for a few hours each afternoon, which worked perfectly to let us all relax a bit, and let the babies relax as well. For me, it was time to work on homework.
All in all, it was a wonderful vacation. We just all had the best time. It was so family friendly and faith friendly and I just loved it.