Long almost 3 month hiatus! What have we been up to? Let's see....we survived football & cheer, volleyball mini club & the first nine weeks of school! We've now gotten into wrestling, middle school volleyball & club volleyball!
Well, we live in central FL so summer isn't really over until November sometime but the kids are headed back to school Monday!
We've had an awesome summer but I'm looking forward to the routine of school and football!
Adam and the kids drug me to an Oralndo City game last weekend. Ugh, I hate soccer! I did enjoy getting to spend time with the kids though! We had a fun dinner in downtown Orlando and were able to walk around down there a bit mad play tourist.
The first football game of the season is Saturday, my player, coach and cheerleader are super excited!
We spent Sunday sleeping late and relaxing! That night the kids went to VBS with "Aunt" Michelle & their cousins. They have so much fun with each other! We went to bed early so we could get up the next day & start the long trip home!
Cooper & Weiner
Cooper & Kitty
The food is one of the best parts of going home!
Saltville overlook, Saltville was the salt capital of the confederacy
Another relaxing day in the mountains. We slept late, then went to lunch at Shatley Springs. After that we did Adam's favorite thing...gem mining! Then we finished up our NC visit by going to the Ashe Co cheese factory & store.
Later that night we took the kids to see their first drive in movie!!! They were super excited & the Minions were super cute!
We got up early this morning so we could have breakfast with Poppy. Then we headed to the only place to go in town...Walmart. After that we took a drive around the mountain, we stopped in at a little river for the kids to play in.
The afternoon & evening was filled with visits from aunts, uncles & cousins.
Cooper's new friend, Kitty:
Later that night we drove into town for some ice cream. That was followed by another late night of rummy.
Got up early this morning. It was nice to wake up in the mountain air of Ashville! Since Cooper insisted we stay at a hotel that had free breakfast, we enjoyed a pretty good one. Especially Cooper who couldn't get enough waffles & scrambled eggs!
We stopped at a river in Ashville & the kids skipped rocks.
Then we stopped again at this overlook you walk up to. A very very steep overlook. Much much steeper than it looked from the road! After I barely made it up alive, I was rewarded with some pretty awesome views!
Then we just enjoyed the drive into Tennessee. Since Adam & the kids had never seen caverns before we went to check out Bristol Caverns!
The original entrance into the cavern that the Cherokee Indians used
Let's just say that everyone liked it but was happy to be back out in the
After that we headed off to lunch since everyone was starving. The kids always beg for Golden Corral, we always say no, but since we were on vacation we decided to take a chance on a buffet. I'm not sure if it was really good or we were just really hungry.
We finally made it to VA after lunch & spent the evening & night catching lightning bugs & playing rummy.
Of course we had to squeeze in a quick trip to VA! Adam suggested we take an alternate route this time. So far it's been pretty enjoyable despite my fears that it would turn into a National Lampoons Vacation sequel!
We came up through the middle of FL & through Atlanta. The kids really enjoyed the skyscrapers in downtown. We ate at The Varsity...the food was just ok but the experience was great!
It's so nice to be out of the Florida heat. We stopped at a rest area in SC that had a huge steep hill, Cooper begged & begged to run up & roll down it, so we let him...totally made his day! It's funny how you forget about being able to things like that once you're out of Florida! Another thing we enjoyed was tonight being able to roll down the windows & stick our hands out.
We stopped for the night at a hotel right next to the Biltmore in Ashville. I can't wait for the kids to see that tomorrow. Not sure if we're doing the tour or not.
My sweet boy last night, I hate boarding him while we're gone