Thursday, May 30, 2013

More Photos From Tennessee

 From Downtown Gatlinburg....
We never walked this particular street.
It was simply too crowded and we were being 
cautious to keep my walking to a minimum
since I didn't want to end up in a hospital in 

That's the only problem with going on vacation
with a cautious cardiologist at home.

He scared me pretty good.

Lots of Moonshine to be had.
We didn't have any of that either.
Surprise, surprise.

 Lots of opportunities for zipping.

 Many people rent jeeps and buggies to ride around in the mountains.

This seemed to be a very popular choice judging by all of the people carrying
doggy bags with the Bubba Gump logo.

 I loved when the entire group sang together.
Mostly because I got to sing along.....
with many of my favorite artists.

 See the girls in green and the young man beside them?
They are college students who sang.
I was so pleased that they were included with the others in the 
group singing.
What a wonderful experience for them.

Kevin Williams was like the star of the entire show.
He is hysterically funny, plays an amazing guitar, 
seems to do a lot administratively
and makes a wonderful spokesperson.

Here are a series of photos of him 
as he took over a story Bill was telling
and making the crowd die of laughter.

 "Walked through the snow, uphill for miles both ways"
 The following picture had something to do with a cow bawling.
 We would definitely go to see Kevin if he was doing 
a concert on his own.
He is truly talented.....
and we love acoustic guitar.

 The golden tickets.
Had to be shown every time you returned to the hall.
I kept forgetting and had to dig in my purse every time.

On our final morning we returned to The Old Mill
for breakfast.

The beautiful view from our table.

 There were lots of birds in the trees just outside the window 
and ducks kept swimming by sometimes in groups of 
two, three and four.
I became amused when there were four and 
three continued on while the fourth went
in the opposite direction with some
unknown purpose.

It doesn't take much sometimes.

 And was over.
And we headed home.
It took us a couple of hours to get out of the 
Pigeon Forge area, though. 
Traffic was crazy.

That's what we get for leaving on 
Memorial Day, I guess.

So we ended up stopping for the night in 
Harrisonburg, VA rather than driving straight through.
It was a good thing too.
The next morning as we drove we saw so very many 
dead deer along the highway.
Apparently it was a very busy night for them
and I'm thankful that we weren't dodging them in the darkness.

It is good to be home.
Crazy busy already....but good.
Jonathan got his driver's license yesterday
while Michael passed his ASVAB which is the next 
step in getting into the Army.

Warren and I are adjusting to Michael's decision.
It is not easy...that's for sure.
However, he is determined and he is an adult.
So......we support him.

Chelsea's list of things to be done before she 
leaves for Australia and Thailand is getting shorter.
Much shorter.

Next up.....
Wisdom teeth removal for both Chelsea and Michael.
Same day.
We figured they got tubes in their ears together
they should have oral surgery together too.

Perhaps a miracle will happen and the doctor will 
decide they don't need to have them removed.
Well, I can hope, right?


Vee said...

Oh delightful...there's just one thing that isn't and we won't go there just yet.

Loved seeing Bill Gaither. He looks like the sweetest man. He must be. I don't think that he could fake it all these years.

Wonderful trip...great memories...thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Two invalids on the same day? Well, at least, they can hold each other's hand. Poor things!

Yay for a driver's license!

Karen said...

I think that Kilwin's is the fudge shop on Mackinac Island, too. (It's been so long since we've been there, I'm not sure I trust my memory anymore.)

It looks like you and Warren had such a lovely trip.

Even though I'm a comment slacker these days, I want you to know that I keep praying for you, every time I think about Mikey joining up and Chelsea's mission trip. Now, I'll add their wisdom teeth to my prayers. God doesn't give us more than we can handle, right?

Linda Gross said...

Bob and I have visited Gatlinburg one time, several years ago. I would like to return some day. What we saw mainly was the aquarium. We enjoyed the ride to Gatlinburg, though, from Maggie Valley NC.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Looks like an awesome trip!

It looks very touristy like Branson. The Gaither's always put on a great show.

Such excitement at your house - not the wisdom teeth part.

Everyone stretching their wings...Good thing they are all hidden beneath HIS!


Melissa Gill said...

Such a neat trip! I'm glad you were able to get a camera to capture those memories.

I am praying for you as you adjust to Michael joining the Army. Wow, what a change. Well, sounds like a lot of changes coming your way with Chelsea going overseas. I'm sure it's not easy. Your kids are doing great things and you have reason to be proud of them.