Friday, January 22, 2010

...Things Are Sweeter In Tennessee...

For Thanksgiving, my grandparents rented a cabin in Gatlinburg, TN for all of our family to come for a family reunion. I'd never been up there before and I've never been that north for the fall, so I was hoping for some freezing cold weather and maybe some snow, but mostly I was excited to see all of my cousins! In our 6 bedroom, 8 bathroom, game room, movie room, hot-tub/sauna, 4 story cabin there was Grandma and Grandpa, my Uncle Clays family (Aunt Elaine, CJ, Jeremy, and Courtney), my family, Uncle Chad's family (Aunt Natalie and Chandler), Aunt Jodi's family (Uncle Nathan, Taylor, Kaitlyn, and Grandma Alice), and Aunt Jamie's family (Uncle Jeremy, Ashley, Ethan, Hayden, Brice, and baby Will still not born yet). It was a full house, but sooo much fun!

My parents met me in Lake City and then we drove up there all afternoon, evening, and night... By the time we hit the Blue Ridge Parkway and it took us an hour to drive the 32 miles and I forced everyone to listen to the New Moon soundtrack, I think everyone was super stoked to see our cabin all lit up on the mountain side... It was late and I was sooo tired, but the second we entered into the cabin, excitement set in... It was the most amazing house I ever saw! The next day the rest of the families came. We all mostly relaxed on the trip and Thanksgiving was so much fun with all of us having our own individual jobs to do to help make the dinner... At one point Lindsey, CJ and I went on an "adventure" and went "exploring" on the golf course next to the cabin... Lindsey forced CJ and I to jump across this little "crick" (aka creek) and I feel in and got soooo muddy! The rest of the time we just explored Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg... My mom's favorite part was riding the aerial lift to Ober Gatlinburg and seeing the city from the air... My favorite part was getting to play with the little cousins while waiting to go eat dinner at this apple farm's restaurant... I got to play with Brice and he was so fascinated by the Christmas lights on the trees... The most entertaining thing was when CJ, Lindsey and I went to the outlet malls with Uncle Chad and Aunt Natalie and Lindsey and I got Coach rings! and then we all drove back up the mountain in Uncle Chad's rental car- a mustang that prob. only fit three people max and we crammed five!

I'm so grateful for the opportunity to have been able to go visit with my family up there and get to see the beautiful mountains and an area I have never seen before... Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for giving me that opportunity and it is for sure one that I will never ever forget!
My house in Gatlinburg... I love it! plus its for sale!
Me and my cousin Jeremy!
my cousin CJ... he's hott stuff!
Me and Lindsey waiting on our parents....
My little cousin Ethan... we were both starving and decided to sit together and vent about being hungry!
Me and my little baby Brice.... I'm going to be a great mom huh? lol
I love this picture of our cousins.... We all are doing our own thing--showing our personalities...
Me, Amber, and Lindsey at Ober Gatlinberg...
Lindsey and her long lost twin the dinosaur!
Lindsey forced me to jump over this massive little river thing and I fell in... It sucked!
Me and Kate waiting on the other cousins to get there!
The Hornsby girls, plus my little Brice-ipoo!
Katilyn didn't want me to kiss her--she eventually got over it!
I love this picture of them... too cute!

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