Friday, July 2, 2010

Tennessee: Dining, Dixie, Drenched, Donuts

This is the third and last installment of our week-long-multi-generational-family vacation to The Great Smoky Mountains.
Matthew and Nathan enjoyed several meals al fresco on the deck.
We called it "feeding the bears" (that's to be taken both figuratively AND literally)
Here's Evan entertaining his cousins while the big people dine
Dixie Stampede dinner is served without silverware!
This is such a fun show, complete with horses, games, Dolly Parton, and blinking costumes!
It was also our 8th anniversary dinner date...:)
Cheers, Aunt Kim and Uncle Steve!  
Our anniversary dinner immortalized.  Awwww....
Last day of the trip, we chose to hike to Laurel Falls, just 1.3 miles
Ever push a 40lb. stroller + 43lb. of baby uphill 1.3 miles?
We did!  
Okay, Steve did.  I pushed for maybe 5 minutes.  Steve had been pushing for half a mile or so, and kindess (guilt?) got the better of me, so I started pushing.  A couple minutes later, one guy passed, looked at Steve and said, "Why aren't you pushing?"  He wouldn't let me push it anymore!  We admired the falls for about 10 minutes before the skies opened up and it started RAINING!  Are you KIDDING me!  So we hustled back down the hill in record time.

Then it was time to go.  We hugged and kissed everyone and began the long drive home, with a pit stop at
to fuel our caffeine and sugar tanks for the road.  Approximately 16 hours later (we barely took our feet off the gas - and I navigated through Chicago, thankyouverymuch) we looked like this:

The end.

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