So we just got back from a very much needed break with our two girls in the Smoky Mountains. We’ve been so busy lately (which is always a good thing) and with our oldest just freshly out of Kindergarten we desperately wanted to take our children for a good old fashioned Griswold style road trip vacation. With the Tahoe packed and everyone buckled in we made the trek north, as so many Louisianians do, to the city of Gatlinburg Tennessee. Gatlinburg has been a place the we’ve been too lots of times and it was actually one of the first places we went to together as a couple years and years ago.
Seeing our children’s eyes when they first saw the mountains is indescribable as a parent. Holding their hands as we walked the strip at night and letting them pick the places for dinner meant the world to us. Yeah we ate a lot of pizza, but we did get to go to a great steak restaurant one night. Now that i’m think about it, we ate a lot, which doesn’t shock me and comes pretty much as the norm for us. We ate breakfast at one place almost every morning. They had the best corned beef hash. Totally worth the trip up for that.
Of course we made the expected trip into Dollywood. With a little one not yet even two years old, we were skeptical how it was going to go. Luckily for us there was no one there so there weren’t any lines for the rides. A quick 5 minute wait at most. We got to spend the whole time practically together as a family which was the whole point of the trip. Our oldest even wanted to take so many pictures. She snapped a great portrait of us on the porch. The morning of our last day was a bit ruff for our oldest. She cried so hard. She wanted to stay and didn’t want her first vacation with her baby sister to end. After she went through our place and gave kisses to almost everything in the cabin she broke down in the driveway. Getting away with the ones who mean the most to you is like hitting the restart button on life, allowing you to step back and better align your priorities with a clearer head and understanding of the important things in your life. We’ll never forget how amazing (in every sense of the word; we were constantly amazed at how well our girls soaked everything in) our little family vacation together in the Smoky Mountains was..