Monday, April 4, 2016

Goodbye Dollywood!!

Although Maribeth and I and the girls had planned to return home tomorrow, we decided to leave later this evening. We figured the girls could sleep some on the way home and then sleep in their own beds tonight (okay, so maybe we were looking forward to that, too). And we wouldn't have to load up all the stuff in the morning. But before we left, we still had a few things to do.

Eventually we finished our plans, loaded up the car, and headed out. We only had to make a couple of feeding/diapering stops, and soon we were back home.  It was a great birthday trip!!

Sisters - Part 2!

We needed to go to The Island for a bit of moonshine shopping.
All these people were probably waiting to eat at Paula Dean's.
It was a beautiful day just to sit and enjoy!!
Thankful today for: beautiful day in Pigeon Forge; riding the trolley and shopping with Everley; eating at the Apple Barn; safe road trip home; McDonald's parking lots along the way

Sunday, April 3, 2016


Need I say more?

Thankful today for: Steve's safe travel back home; Wal-Mart shopping with Everley; beautiful day looking at the mountains

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Happy Birthday Everley!!

As I said, Everley's wish was to come to Dollywood for her birthday, which is today. So this morning, PawPaw, Everley, Emmatha, and I loaded up the supplies and stroller, and boarded the trolley for the park. Maribeth stayed back to get some rest - not that walking around the park two weeks after having major surgery wouldn't be a great idea ...

We had a great morning at the park, although it was chillier than I expected. Everley had her sweatshirt and we kept Emmatha warm with her blankies and in the stroller, but the senior citizens of the group got cold and decided to call it a day. 

Once back at the hotel, we had some lunch and PawPaw and Everley went swimming. Afterwards there were some gifts to open - and Everley declared her birthday a success!!

Our first stop was to get a birthday button!!
Everley's first stop was going to be the fire truck roller coaster.
So we trudged up the hills to get there, only for her to decide that she didn't want to ride it after all.
So we went back down the hills, stopping at her favorite photo op.
No trip to Dollywood is complete until she gets her face painted.
Usually it's a tiger, but today she opted for a panda.
Guess she's growing up ...
PawPaw rode the carousel with her.
We were going to ride the train, but it was chilly and was going to be awhile before the train arrived.
So we convinced her to go back to the hotel.
Only because there's a heated swimming pool there ...
Thankful today for: fun day with Everley and Emmatha at Dollywood; nice lady who helped with PawPaw's Dixie Stampede ticket; vendors from different nations during festival at the park

Friday, April 1, 2016

Maybe It's The Swaddle Itself

Same swaddle, different day ...
Like maybe the design on this swaddle is defective. It's certainly not because the arranger of the swaddle is incompetent. This particular swaddle incident looks like she is fashioning a scarf around her neck. And no, she's not in danger of strangling herself. I think she just wants to point out that this is not her favorite swaddle.

In other news, we made it to Dream More, Dolly's Dollywood hotel. We are here because it's Everley's 4th birthday, and she wanted to come here. So Maribeth and I loaded up her van with numerous baby items, loaded the 4 year old and two week old, loaded the breast pump and everything that goes along with it, and headed east. Once we arrived at the hotel, the bellman loaded up all the stuff and hauled it to our room. Steve arrived shortly after we did, so now we're ready for a fun weekend!!
Thankful today for: safe trip to Pigeon Forge; room ready when we arrived; nice bellman dude who helped us unload the car

Thursday, March 31, 2016

No, No, No, No, No!!

Seriously? It's the end of March? Why am I getting slower while the months are flying by faster? Sure, I've had stuff to do and been busy, but I've also had a lot of other stuff that hasn't gotten done that was supposed to have been done by now (I believe I've been singing THAT song for years). Anyhoo, apparently today we're saying goodbye to March. Fine. Goodbye March of 2016. It's been a lot of fun.

Maybe I should go back to that list-making theory. Yeah, that really worked out well ...  Oh, and tomorrow's another day that I REALLY love (nope, not at all).

Thankful today for:  getting stuff packed for Dollywood (yup, going there again!)