Wednesday, July 29, 2009

We're Back

We got back on Sunday night but it seems as though I'm still playing catch up. I haven't touched my blog since Friday morning and although I feel behind I feel kinda good too. I am one of those that stresses about everything. I stress if I don't blog for a day,if I don't visit everyone's blogs everyday,if there are people that don't comment...I stress. I don't know..I'm one of those that analyzes everything and most of the time I over analyze it. For the past 4 1/2 days I have not worried about blogging or making sure I made it around to everyone's blog...I didn't even mess with it. It felt nice to sit down at night and think that I needed to make it around to all the blogs I follow so that people didn't feel like I didn't care or didn't think about them..I just sat and tried to organize some of the thousands of pictures that I have on my computer. Did I make it through all of those pictures like I had planned on....well OF COURSE NOT...but I got through some and really does life ever go exactly as planned? So I'm back in blog world and now I have lots of catching up to do..I'm going to try my hardest not to stress day to day over blogging because honestly it shouldn't be stresses but more likely than not that won't happen so I'll just take it as it comes for now.

We left Friday morning about 10 to head to Gatlinburg...good thing we left early because we ended up behind every slow person in the nation that was headed up the mountain to Gatlinburg on Friday-encountered a car fire that stalled the interstate-visited a Cracker Barrel in Hendersonville NC where David purchased a NC Tarheels hat and then mistakeningly left it on a table which he remembered when we got about 15 miles down the road resulting in a not so quick turnaround to go capture the missing hat with Allie crying in the back-a not so happy baby girl that was extremely tired. I asked myself several times on the way there why in the world we decided to do this little mini vacation.

Then she fell asleep and life was peaceful for about 30 minutes-and what a glorious 30 minutes it was.

As we were heading to check into our cabin we passed these cows walking around in the pond on the side of the road. I'm crazy but I thought it was so cool!

This is my favorite picture taken of Allie the entire trip. We were driving in downtown Pigeon Forge on the way to check in and we put all the windows was the happiest she had been the entire day and it was like she was saying Alleluia-we're here! I just love this!!!

Then we checked in and headed up the mountain only to find that the lock on the door was filled with dead batteries so we had to wait 45 minutes for a maintenance man to come and replace them. After we finally got in the cabin and got everything unloaded we decided we were going to grab a bite to eat before we headed to the grocery store-only to find before we left that the satellite needed to be reset..another call to the maintenance dept and a couple of hours later we had satellite and tv. My wild children immediately broke a pool stick and of course because we can't have a trip without multiple accidents my husband(who I must note is as bad as my kids)knocked a decorative bear off with another pool stick before the first night was over. I did not make a trip to the drug store for super glue to repair their accidents!!!!
The view from our deck the first night we arrived. Pure Heaven!

On Saturday we went to the outlet mall in the morning and went back for naps. We spent alittle time in the hot tub that afternoon and then after dinner we headed to downtown Gatlinburg. Lucas decided he wanted to ride the sky lift-I was shocked he wanted to ride it since it went so high up but he insisted so we headed up. I think I was more nervous than he was...David and I went up it right after we got married but being on it without him made me extremely uneasy. It stopped several times on the way back down the mountain which didn't do my nerves any better either...Lucas was funny and asked me why I didn't think he could protect me :) We stopped and had some yummy ice cream before heading in for the night.

I absolutely adore this picture of David and Allie. I knew I loved him before she was born but the love that I have for him grew deeper than I ever imagined after I saw him hold her in his arms. I fall more and more in love with him everytime I watch him internet with her.

David and I have very few pictures together. I got Lucas to try and snap a few..most of them resulted with David's head cut off..this one came out relatively well though and I'm fairly happy with the result.

Here's the sky lift. I was informed on the way up before they snap your picture when you get off at the top that he knew I wouldn't buy the picture that they took because I was cheap. Needless to say-I bought the way of saying-In your face son :)

This was the tub in the master was HUGE! Seriously we could have all fit in there comfortably...we didn't try that but it was that big!!!

Sunday to come tomorrow.....


Shauna said...

What adorable pictures! Thanks for sharing!

Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy said...

looks like a fun trip

Cassie said...

It looks like you guys were having fun. I love the "cheap" comment. That's the kind of thing my husband kept saying to me while we were at Disney!

He & Me + 3 said...

Road trips can be stressful, but it sounds like the trip was worth it. Loved the pictures so far. Lucas did a great job I love that picture of you and David. Nice to see you on there. Also love that sweet picture of Allie. Just precious

McCrakensx4 said...

Sounds like a fun vaca! I would love to visit there...looks amazing and like so much fun! Can't wait to see Sunday!

Vicky said...

I always feel bad when some feels this stress about taking some time away from blogging. I am sooo glad you didn't think of it while you were gone. You guys are rock stars for taking the 4 kids on a fun mini vacation like that! My husband struggles with taking two :) Love that last photo of the boys in the tub especially!

Everyday Mom Designs said...

Great pictures! Love seeing Mommy in there too!

Don't stress about blogging... what's the fun in it if we have to stress over it? It just becomes another chore... and who needs or wants another chore to do?

Veronica said...

Stephanie...I don't even know where to start tonight. I totally know what you mean about stressing out about all of the ins and outs of blogging. I have seriously had to step back and rethink a few things and I have come to realize that I don't want to be one of those people who comment just to comment. I want to be someone genuine who has real things of value to say, you know?

At any rate, I'm glad that you had some time away just to enjoy life and not stress least by the computer anyway. :)

I LOVE, LOVE so many of the pics you took from your trip! You had me laughing too when you talked about your adventures with your Hubby and kiddos!

I am so glad also that you got a few pics of you in there! I would love to see more in the future! I absolutely loved the pic of you and Allie! Just precious!!!

Renee' said...

We so love to go to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg but end up staying in Pigeon Forge since there is so much for our daughter to do there. We just go back to weeks ago. I really enjoyed your story about the chair lift as I am the same way about riding it and if it stops I totally freak out and pray not to be stuck. Your pictures turned out wonderful and looks like the tub go good use as that is my daughters favorite place to be when we are in our cabin. I live in North Carolina and my husband is a police officer in Maggie Valley. I wondered if you went over 441 since you talked about getting behind every slow person in the world. I am glad you got there and back safely and want to thank you for allowing me to read your blog.

Stacy said...

Those are great pictures and fun times! The one of the sunset is beautiful!

♥Kim said...

I loved all the pictures! Looks like ya'll had lots of fun!!! I love Tennessee! We are planning to make a trip up there in November for a mini vacation. I can't wait! :)

Alicia W. said...

So glad you guys had a great time. Love that your actually in the pictures.. that's so hard isn't it? I don't want anyone holding my damn camera unless it's the tripod, lol. I would DIE if anything were to happen to her.

The bathtub looked amazing and not to mention a HUT TUB TOO! you guys had the works.

P.S Your package has been shipped.. please let me know when you get it so I won't go home and it's sitting on my front porch again, lol. :)