We took our family vacation to Gatlinburg, TN in the Smoky Mountains this year. It was a wonderful time! We brought along Rod's parents and everyone really enjoyed themselves. It was such an interesting experience. We went away and didn't take any 'baby gear.' No strollers- not even a wagon! My little babies are turning into such big kids. While I occasionally miss the baby stage, now that we are in the kid stage, it seems like we are able to have more fun with them! We can go places and try things that would be impossible with four babies. I'm loving this watching the kids experience these new things!
We stayed four days in Gatlinburg and I took tons of pictures. I'm trying to control myself and not post every single one, but I'm still going to break the trip down into several different posts. Here we are on our first full day. One of the reasons we chose Gatlinburg as our destination was because Rod really wanted to take the kids fishing. We found a stream where kids under 12 were able to fish without needing to get a license. The kids were excited to get out there and fish. Rod was excited. I was excited for about 15 minutes. I quickly began to worry that I was going to have a heart attack. I had too much to worry about! I was nervous that someone was going to fall in the water. I didn't trust the vines and growth along the shore. I was afraid of poison ivy or poison oak or something else, so I kept trying to keep the kids from touching anything. I was also worried about the hooks. Rod and his Dad were casting the lines for the kids and then handing them the rods to hold, but several times, the kids swung the rods around trying to cast them themselves. I could imagine one of them catching a sibling on their hook.
Izzie holding her treasured Barbie fishing rod.
Rod and Jim helping Will.
Jim and Drew fishing.
Rod helping Julia.
My little Drew hanging out on an old stump.
The only fish we caught that day was a bag of goldfish crackers I brought along :-)
While the fishing outing made me extremely anxious, I have to admit that the scenery was beautiful. The weather was perfect and the Smoky Mountains really are quite breath-taking.
We saw a crane downstream.
Even after all of my worries, it turns out that we all survived :-)
After dinner, we went out to dinner.
Jim and Judy
Izzie, Paige, Drew, Will and Julia