Friday, August 7, 2009

The trip!!

Okay- this may be a long post but I wanted to include all of my favorite pics for those of you not on facebook (which most of you are, so kinda pointless!).

We left last Friday night around 10:30 after our husbands were done with their softball game. It was a long night in the car with a few hours of sleep and we got there around 1pm or so the next day. The cabin we stayed in was perfect and had great sleeping arrangements for all of us. Our first real day there, we went to an indoor waterpark pretty close by. It was a lot of fun because they had 2 large areas for little kids that Bennett and Colby could play in, plus a lazy river. Of course they wouldn't let the 8 months pregnant lady go down the huge waterslides but I definitely tried!!

Day 2: a short hike to a gorgeous little spot by a river. Lots of exploring for the little ones. They had a blast. Later that day we went to a cool place called Ober Gatlinberg. Its a ski resort in the winter and they have an alpine slide and all kinds of other water slides and kiddie rides in the summer. preggos on the slides. Big bummer. But Katie and I got a pretty good view of everything so it was pretty fun to watch them having so much fun. Bennett loved the ball pit at the playground.

Jon said Bennett laughed the whole way down this slide:

On the way up to the Alpine slide:
The whole gang:

Day 3: the Knoxville Zoo. This was a gorgeous zoo and they let all 7 of us in with our family's zoo pass (normally we just get two extra adults in for free). We realized the total cost of all of our admission for the day would have cost more than our entire pass cost!

Day 4: a long uphill hill hike up to a waterfall and a hike down in pouring rain. Not the ideal activity for my pregnant self but a memory nonetheless! The first three days of the trip were so much fun and the kids did so great that one mediocre day was tolerable. We decided to drive through the night again on the way home but stopped from about 2:30 - 7:30am at a motel. We got home around 2pm the next day (Thurs.).

The turtle the big boys brought home for the little boys...he made it all the way back to Iowa.

In the hot tub on the deck of our cabin:

All smiles before the ride home. Ha!

My parents are staying at our house right now (a temporary spot for them until their temporary condo is ready to rent until their house is built!) which I was very thankful to come home to-- good cooking and extra entertainment for Bennett!


  1. the ball pit picture! that was the one i loved. and the one where he's climbing on the tree by himself.

  2. I love the ball pit picture too! What a fun trip!


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