Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Smokey Mountain Memories

We spent this past weekend in the Tennessee mountains with my in-laws and my husband's sisters family.  With 5 children under the age of 7, in a 3 story house, with 3 flights of stairs, we tried to stay OUT and as busy as possible.  Because if you've been around toddlers before, ALL they want to do is climb stairs to try and hurt themselves. Fun for them, not fun for the adults who have to chase them.

 {One of many painted murals in our cabin rental. Wildlife around every bedroom.}

So despite the nice big cabin home we had to stay in, we wanted to pack in as many outside of the house activities as possible and see what all the smokey mountains had to offer.  Here's a look at what kind of memories we made...

 {Jack petting the tiger in the kids bedroom.}

 {Waking up to this view each morning wasn't too shabby.}

 {The boys and me pumped to go snow tubing for the first time!}

 {No turning back once you've reached this point.}
{You've never seen someone more excited than Jack to snow tube!}

*Beauty note : My skin was begging for moisture while we were this high up.  
My skin, hair, and lips were super dry the whole time.  I applied lots of my Botani olive oil serum on my face and tips of my hair along with layers of my EOS lip balm which also worked for my kiddos.

 {Vivian was a natural at putt putt.}
{Major excited to go inside the aquarium to see the fishies and sharks!}


{iPhone pic of our family photo taken at the aquarium.}

*Tourist highlight :  The Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies was probably the highlight of the trip for me as an adult and the kids were fascinated by all of the sea creatures they could get so close to.  This would be a must see if you are ever in this area.  Truly a cool spectacle.

{Our 5 littles ones at the first fish exhibit.}

 {Jellyfish close up.  Amazing detail.}

{I loved the seahorses.  So cute with their tiny flapping wings!}

 {Getting close to the sting rays and sharks.}
 {Penguins and their tuxedos.}

{Most intimidating sea creature.}

{Sharks literally swam over our heads. So cool and creepy at the same time.}

 {Pretty cousins enjoying some yummy mexican food at No Way Jose's Cantina!}

 {No family photo is complete without someone doing bunny ears.}

{4 of my favorite people on earth.}

While vacations are fun and a nice break from the everyday routines, it's always nice to be back in your own bed and not have a deer staring at you as you turn down the hallway.  Ha!!

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