We were fortunate enough to be able to go to NC for a week with Cory's parents and stay at his aunt's cabin. The weather was amazing. The leaves were gorgeous. And, we had a great time! Here are a couple pics of the week.
We walked down to the stream at the bottom of the driveway and the kids all wanted to take a drink.
Apparently, Jordan needed a little help:)
Jordan walked back with Papa to "make sure he didn't die on the way up" :)
Our view from the porch
Two days, we headed to Gatlinburg, TN... This time, we went to the Ripley's Aquarium and Guinness Museum. Lots of fun!
Papa showed the kids a Pioneer village. The kids just love to pose together.
The same day, we ate lunch by this river that had an outlet from lots of rocks. So, we had to "walk on water". The kids started with their shoes on, then we chucked the socks, shoes and rolled up our jeans. Eventually, Cory and I joined in. The water was cold and the rocks slimy, but all the kids said it was their favorite part of the day!
The guys spent a couple days working in the yard and cutting down dead trees and hauling limbs down the mountain. The kids jumped in to help, but Jordan especially thought he was just "one of the guys".
Driving over the mountain from Gatlinburg to Dillsboro
Our 2nd day in Gatlinburg, we had a lot of fun going to Ober Gatlinburg. At the top of this mountain (taken there by tram), we were able to go ice skating, flume slide down the mountain, chair lift, and other fun stuff. We went there on Avery's birthday and we all had a grand time.
At the end of the day, we headed to Pizza Hut (her choice) for dinner and I told her to stand on the chair so I could sing Happy Birthday to her. After dinner, I asked the entire restaurant to sing along with me :) On her way out the door, one of the tables called her over, said "Happy Birthday" and handed her $5! See, it sometimes pays off to have an embarrassing mom.
All in all, we had a really fun, relaxing trip. One of my prayers was answered when Cory did not have any cell phone service at the cabin and could not communicate with work very often. I didn't realize what a pain it would be for me not being able to update facebook and talk to my friends :) I guess I needed a break from that too.