We took our first-ever vacation to the Smokies this month. It was awesome! Our days were filled with fellowship with good friends, a day at Dollywood, delicious food at the Apple Barn restaurant, shopping at the outlets(That was just me, of course), riding go-karts, playing mini-golf, attending a show at the Comedy Barn( They had Emily up on the stage during part of the show. Needless to say, she freaked out and ran and jumped off the 4ft high stage. It was definitely a show stopper!), bear sightings at Cade's Cove, white-water rafting, and many happy moments hanging out at the cabin.
Paul, Sarah, and the kids came to the cabin and spent a day with us after visiting Memaw. We had several pots of coffee and plenty of "rocking chair" time on the back porch. The bonus is we almost got all the problems of the world solved. Thanks for coming, guys!
Our dear friends, the Bollig family, drove over from Bryson City and spent the day with us. We have known them since residency days. Some friendships are just made to last! We took the kids to Ober Gatlinburg. In the winter it is a ski resort and an amusement park in the summer. The alpine slide and the ice skating kept everyone happy. Robbynne and I remained the faithful cheerleaders through it all.
Here's Ben trying to help Emily learn to skate. I think the "Princess" was more into looking cute for the camera!
Emily tried to milk this cow statue at Old McDonald's Mini Golf. Trust me, an 18-hole course was a little bit too much for a five year old attention span.