Monday, July 4, 2011

Quick Getaway...and a drop off...

We are back from a quick trip to the mountains.
We spent the weekend with our friends The Black's
at her parents cabin in the Smokey Mountains.

We had a great time.
It was nice to get away and just relax.
No schedule, nowhere we had to be...
just fun times with friends.

We took a trip to Metcalf Bottoms and let the kids
play in the water for a little while.
The big boys had a contest to see how
many times they could skip a rock across the stream.
I think Scott won with 5...

We were even able to snap a few pics of all of the kids...
looking in the same direction...all at the same time!!!

Here is an action shot of Scott...he kept trying to get more than
five skips, but would run out of room and it would skip off into the
woods on the other side.

Jackson was not very particular with his skipping rocks...
he would just pick up and throw any and every rock he laid his hands on!

We made cupcakes one night and let the kids
decorate them for us...
we wound up with a lot of cupcakes...
and a lot of kids asking for cupcakes for breakfast.
We may or may not have let them have one.

The cupcakes we very yummy and the decor was top notch!

There were pool tournaments...

And Wii Volleyball tournaments...

And Air Hockey tournaments between
"Mer-Dot" and "That Boy"

The two littlest spent some time in the slip and slide,
but the weather was so nice that the water fun
was a little cold.

We took a drive through Cades Cove to see if we could
find a bear...
Lacey Beth really wanted to see a bear.

We saw lots of deer...

And more deer...

but not one single bear...

We spent a lot of time hanging out on the porch
and enjoying the breeze.
There were lots of popsicles
and we made homemade Butterfinger Ice Cream
one evening.

The kids even had a little fireworks fun
with some "pops" that
Chief bought for them.

Jackson thought those were fun...

We left the cabin Sunday morning after church and headed to Lebanon, TN
to drop Austin off for a week of Boy Scout Camp.

They are at Camp Boxwell until next Friday...

We all arrived yesterday around 3 o'clock.
The boys quickly got set up in their tents
and then headed out first thing to do their swim test.

All lined up and ready to go...we'll see them again on Friday night...
It's gonna be a long week for me...
No cell phones and no updates on how he is doing...
I know they are going to have a blast,
but I sure do miss him!

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