Monday, February 25, 2008

Return to reality!

Vacation has come and gone. Now comes the crappy part - unpacking. Everyone had fun! The aquarium may very well have been the highlight of the trip. Not only did the kids enjoy it, we did too!

If you've never had the pleasure of visiting Ripley's Aquarium in Gatlinburg, should! Soon! It's really cool. A little on the pricey side, but you get your $$ worth and you'll agree once inside. From petting Sting Ray's to the moving walkway that carries you "inside" the's a great ride!

(That's "Bruce" in the tank at the aquarium - a little eerie to have him swimming overhead, if I'm being honest. I was reminded of the scene in JAWS...yikes!)

In addition to the aquarium, the pool at our hotel was of high interest to the kids! Ober Gatlinburg didn't offer them much other than a cool ride up and back down. Next year, perhaps they'll be more interested in the ice skating (and manmade snow)!

I'm pretty sure I know every word to The Incredibles, Snow Buddies and All Dogs Go To Heaven and I discovered the following: if necessary, I can sit in my backseat for long periods of time....I love my seat warmers....sometimes kids surprise you with their good behavior.....walking is good for you - it won't kill you and dessert is fabulous - always have dessert!

I will say this...and all parties in attendance agreed...the only way to go to Gatlinburg is in a cabin. That's the way we've always done it in the past, but schedule's wouldn't allow for others to come along this time, so we opted to snag a hotel room instead. It just wasn't the same. You just don't get the same 'mountainous' feeling in a hotel room - even if you are in the mountains.

All in all...good food, good company, good attractions and good attitudes made for a great trip! Now I'm off to unpack - ughhhhhh! The reality of being back at home sets in hard.


Jason & Jessica said...

I am so glad you guys had a great trip! We enjoy the aquarium too. And I must say that I completely agree with you about staying in a's just the best way to go. Have fun unpacking :)

Jenn said...

I missed my cabin - for sure! It's just more cozy that way! Oh well..just another excuse to go again!

KristinRanae said...

I LOVE Gatlingburg! Do you remember when we went together and had our pics made at Ripley's? I bet I can find that somewhere:)

Briana said...

I just want to mention that I had a fabulous time and can't think of a better crew to spend the weekend with... My snuggle partners were great even if we did wake up every hour with a question or a reminder of dads bday. Thank you all for a wonderful weekend!!! Next year lets grab Jess and crew for a fun filled cabin adventure!!

Jenn said...

Kristin - I have that picture...I will see what I can do about it making its way to the internet! Too funny!

Briana - You're so welcome. Sounds good to me!