Yes, it’s been over a month since we came home.  Where does time go?!  Day one was spent at the petting zoo
Day two, Thursday, we headed into Gatlinburg to tool around.  It was uber crowded and very overcast, so we did what all good tourists do, we went to the Hard R0ck Cafe and bought our t-shirts.

 We then walked around downtown Gatlinburg for a little bit stopping in some of the shops.  Olivia and Will enjoyed a little daddy-daughter stroll through downtown.

Shopping with Daddy

Shopping with Daddy

I learned something this trip that I haven’t paid attention to in the twelve years Will and I have been together.  His dad doesn’t smile either unless you make him.

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son

Throw a super cute grandchild in the mix and he smiles.  Go figure.

Papa, Daddy and Olivia

Papa, Daddy and Olivia

Friday rolls around and it’s time to go to Dollywood, baby…

We’re Here!!

Boobs or bust.  Dollywood, here we are!  It was the main point of interest for our family vacation.  We arrived early to beat the crowds and the heat.  We didn’t see any of the shows because Fabul-O wasn’t into them and you all know this vacation was all.about.her.  Will and I rode a roller coaster, which is something we probably haven’t done in six plus years.  I remembered why when we got off.  So did he. 

One of the things I was surpised to find was Fauxbo.  He’s the knock off Dumbo ride from Disney world.  Despite her ticked off appearance in the first picture, Olivia loved Fauxbo.  You’ll notice the green fence at the bottom of the picture.  The rest of the ones Will took of Olivia and me on Fauxbo have that green fence going through them so you won’t see any more.   

Mommy and Olivia on Fauxbo

Mommy and Olivia on Fauxbo

  

Olivia and Daddy on Fauxbo

Olivia and Daddy on Fauxbo

 Oooh, look.  Teacups!

Dollywood's version of the teacup ride from Disney.  Grandma and Olivia had a great time!

Dollywood's version of the teacups. Grandma and Olviia loved it.

Next it was off to the Busy Bees ride all the kids in line at Fauxbo and the cups were talking about.  The bees were all the rage.

Busy bees were all the buzz in lines for the other rides.

Busy bees were all the buzz in lines for the other rides.

 After seeing the sign, I realized why….

A Mild Thrill Attraction.  Yup.  All the toddlers and preschoolers were raging about it.

A Mild Thrill Attraction. Yup. All the toddlers and preschoolers were raging about it.

The carousel is always a favorite ride.  Except for Papa.  He chose not to have fun.

 

Saturday our friends Danny and Wendy drove up with their two kids and we went to the Chimneys in Gatlinburg and climbed on the rocks and played in the water.  The water was COLD, but the kidlets loved it.  Will was attached to Danny’s unit in 2005 and they served in Iraq together.  Wendy and I met online before realizing our husbands were serving together and instantly became friends.  We had a great time with them and it’s always too much time in between our visits.

 

Emily and Olivia

Emily and Olivia

Sunday afternoon, we visited the Apple Barn cider mill.  We were disappointed to find out they didn’t allow apple picking and because it was Sunday, we weren’t able to see them make cider.

Thrilled to have another picture made

Thrilled to have another picture made

 

The picture I got after bribing with a dollar.

The picture I got after bribing with a dollar.

Sunday afternoon, Will and I visited the Mountain Valley Winery for a nickel tour and tasting.  Yummo is about all I can come up with.  We came home with 6 bottles and, I must say, they work some pretty awesome magic with the grape. 

Monday was the drive home after breakfast with Grandma and Papa.  We had a great time, but we were certainly glad to get home.  For the first time in I don’t know how long, I got car sick!  But we made it home safe and sound.

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