Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Vacation...

The first week of December we took a family vacation to Georgia and Tennessee!   Dude was only 2 months old the last time we visited Tennessee.  So, we were long overdue to see the Great Smokey Mountains.  The kids did so awesome & we all had a great time!

Our first stop was Clayton, Georgia.  Rudy has been talking about Rabun County, Georgia, for like a year now; since the town of Clayton is less than 2 hours from Gatlinburg, we decided to stay there for 2 nights.  The minute we pulled in, I knew it was a good call!  It was a gorgeous cabin on a 25 acre farm that overlooked the mountains.  We all had a peaceful, easy feeling the whole time we were there.

The kids loved this hammock!!!
Rudy loved the real fireplace!!!
I love these sweet, clean babies!!!
The next morning we cooked breakfast and headed to downtown Clayton.  
Love these sweet boys...

After lunch & shopping downtown, the boys explored the mountain and sissy took a short nap on me in the hammock.  We may just have to get us one of these!
That night, both kids took a nap while the adults got to enjoy a steak dinner in peace and quiet.  Sometimes it's the little things, like not having to cut and eat a steak while holding a child.  It was one of mine and June's favorite moments of the trip:)
The next day, we ate breakfast at the Dillard House.  It was a beautiful place that offered a legit breakfast, horse back riding, and petting zoo.  Not to mention, it was absolutely gorgeous!!!

 Sissy wasn't old enough to ride the horse, but dude was and he loved it!
 Love this group of people so much!!!
 This sweet baby LOVES animals!
After breakfast, we headed to Gatlinburg!  The drive from Georgia to Tennessee will take your breath away.  We got checked-in & called it an early night.  The next morning, we headed to downtown Gatlinburg!  Both kids loved it.  The sky lift, looking in all the stores, and the aquarium were all so fun!

"Take my picture with Santa Claus"
 Dude found this fake man so interesting at the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum.  I bet he asked 25 questions about him.  In fact, he will still bring him up from time to time.  My sweet dude is a ponderer.
 It was such a fun day.  The aquarium was SO cool.  You can touch sting-rays, jelly fish, and horse shoe crabs (right up my kids alley) and it wasn't too long!  Long tours can be painful sometimes with little people.
Rudy's brother and his family came into town that night & we were so excited to enjoy the rest of our vacation with them.
I don't know who was more excited to see coco- dude or sister?!
Poor cousin dropped a pool ball on his ingrown toe nail, so they had to go to the doctor that morning.  Cousin toughed it out and we all spent the afternoon/evening at Dollywood.  Dollywood at Christmas may be my favorite place ever.  The kids may feel the same way:)

Sissy got to drive an automated car on a track & girlfriend thought she was SOMETHING!
Baby cousin love.

Sissy loves her some Mammy!
BIL and SIL with my precious nephews!
My favorite store & favorite tree at Dollywood.
My sister-in-law and I braved an upside down roller coaster.  I may have drooled on her from screaming.  It was so fun & one of my favorite parts of the trip!  I'm so glad I've found a ride buddy:)
I'm not gonna lie, as fun as Dollywood was, it wore us out!  We decided to have a relaxing day the last day of our trip.  The kids had a blast at Mammy & Pappy's theatre room in their cabin!
Matching jammies for the babies.  Jackson passed out before we could get them all in a pic!
I'm so glad we were able to spend this special time with family.  Family is everything.  The next morning, we threw the kids in the car & drove home.
I just have to brag on the kids for a minute- they rocked this trip!  An 8 hour car ride one-way is no joke, but they were champs!  We bought tv's for the car and it was the best money we ever spent!  I'm thankful for my people and for a very fun trip.
My sweet SIL bought me this ornament with our names on it & reminds me of our trip every time I look at it.  It's the small things that make me happy:)
Thanks for reading!

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