Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Vacation

Happy Holidays! I have been out of town this past week to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with my family. Oh my, was it an adventure. Here, in Alabama we have had bad weather and just think of that times 10 for the weather conditions in the mountains. Last December, my mother and uncle rented a cabin for all of us on my mom's side to stay in and to celebrate my grandparents 50th anniversary. Needless to say, I think it will be an anniversary to remember.
We arrived in Pigeon Forge Monday afternoon, after it being around 15 degrees all day and a nice stop at Cracker Barrel we finally arrived. We plugged in the address to our cabin into the GPS and Rhett led the way up the mountain with the car in 1st drive and my parents, grandparents, and uncle& aunt was behind us. We hit several bad spots in the road that were covered in complete snow and ice. We couldn't make it up the mountain so we turned around and was headed to an Auto part store that sold chains for tires. My uncle and aunt decided to follow us and going back up the mountain got us into some trouble. We slid and my uncle and aunt ran off the road and got stuck in the ditch. Taking pictures didn't even come to my mind, I was a nervous wreck, and I was praying that we all just make it out safely. It was horrible. They finally got a wrecker to pull them out. We all decided to stay in a hotel for the night.

We settled for the lovely and cheap, Comfort Inn. That night we got in the hot tub, stayed up late watching television, and playing board games, like Taboo! It was fun but we all were aching to get up to our cabin.
The 2nd day we finally got a taxi with chains and four wheel drive to take us all up to the cabin, thank goodness for this or we would be staying another night at the Comfort Inn. The cabin was absolutely wonderful. We were stuck up at the cabin for the next three days. I'll let the pictures finish the winter vacation story.
The wonderful taxi that took us to the cabin, thank you Mr. Roger for the lift. He was great!
Anna was posing and I loved waking up to this view every morning.
All of our luggage, haha! Only for 5 days and we had this much. Thank goodness we had all this since we were stuck and couldn't go anywhere so all the cute winter outfits were useless.
All the boys played pool, air hockey, Xbox, and cards. Anything they did they had a competition and a bracket for the winners and losers, it was funny! They loved it.
I enjoyed the sauna but every time I got in mom would somehow want a picture, need me upstairs, or etc.

 We got the opportunity to celebrate my Grandparents 50th Anniversary. We surprised them while they were in town. Because on Friday we got to go down and get our vehicles and the weather was warmer and there wasn't anymore snow and ice. They went to breakfast together and shopped a little.

I am so blessed with such wonderful Grandparents. They are such great role models individually and relationships. I can't wait to celebrate 50 years with Rhett. I love you Paw and Nana! God has been so good to us.
We also created a slideshow of pictures of Paw & Nana throughout their life until now. It was so sweet, every shared memories with them.

Having some fun in the kitchen!
Headed back to Alabama... even though we had a GREAT time up in the cabin there is nothing like HOME.

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