Thursday, September 5, 2013

You. Me. Away.

So my man and I went away for the Labor Day weekend.  We were celebrating our anniversary (the 27th one back in June). 

When planning where we'd go this year- we decided on Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg TN.  The fact that it is just a few hours from home may had a lot to do with it.  And,  the fact I am a TN girl and love any chance I get to go home didn't hurt.    Go Vols!

After back and forth between hotels and cabin rentals, we decided to stay at The Inn at Christmas Place.  It was a very good decision. Such a beautiful hotel from entrance to exit and every room in between; we wanted to enjoy it as much as we could.  It's Christmas 24/7- 365 and we do love us some Christmas.


 

With so many things to do in the area we tossed several adventurous options around.  Zip-lining- which I love.  Go-Karts.  Dollywood.  Tanger Outlets.  River tubing. 

But let's face it- our life is a crazy non-stop no rest for the weary adventure.  Some days getting from sun up to sun down feels like zip-lining off a 450 ft. platform - free-falling tethered only to God Himself to get us safely down. 

Since everything we considered involved a lot of energy.effort.enthusiasm and crowds we opted to do what we usually just envy other people for doing when they post it on Face book.

We slept late.
We napped.
We drank many cups of coffee and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast in the courtyard each morning.
We sat in the Jacuzzi by the fireplace and watched HGTV.

our lovely breakfast view each morning
We talked without interruption about our dreams and our boys and we solved all our problems. 
Well, in theory. The reality is we filled our cups with rest so we could come back to our daily adventure and spill over into our boys' lives.

And we ate.
We took advantage of having some of our favorite people close by and invited them to join us at the  Applewood Grill.  They did.


Sweet Norah with her favorite great aunt and great uncle (wink)

Owen, Keith (my baby brother I adore) and Audrey

Keith and Angie (my sister-in-law equally adored) arriving with the littles

Rex and me, enjoying the porch swing while we waited
Sunday we got wild and crazy with our lunch plans and headed to the Dixie Stampede.  Eating chicken, taters and corn on the cob, without silverware , while watching trick horse riders, wild buffalo and ostrich races... well it doesn't get much better than that.

Until dinner which was curling up by the fireplace and eating pizza delivered to the hotel.  And watching TLC.
my favorite spot- could stay here forever

Wild and crazy, that's us. 
---On any day other than a get-away day.

In front of the Scripture tree in front lobby

So what about you.  Tell me about your favorite get-away... wild and crazy or restful and nap filled?

Happy Thursday y'all!

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