Target tank and skirt; F21 sandals (similar); Lemons and Lace headband; c/o Lisa Leonard necklace; c/o Max and Chloe evil eye bracelet and love bracelet.
Driving into Tennessee.
Our drive out of Florida was a looong one. 12 hours in the car, two stops for food (Cracker Barrel, Panera), many dvd changes for the kids in the back (thank goodness we bought that thing!), one book on tape, three stops for potty breaks and two gas stations stations later we finally (finally!) made it to Tennessee. The last 4 or so hours were through the most beautiful winding roads, going up, up, UP into the mountains. My children, my Florida born babies have never seen mountains. I think they maybe thought they were fake? I grew up in New Hampshire and remember the scenery, but it has been years since I have seen anything higher than an overpass and I was stunned. Darn it, the Smoky Mountains are gorgeous! I sat forward in my seat and kept trying to take pictures through the windshield during rain squalls. Driving through the country and seeing sights I have never seen before is pretty amazing. I recommend it.
Monday we took a day off of driving and took the kids to Dollywood, an amusement park built by Ms. Parton herself in the side of a mountain. If you are used to Disney and all that place encompasses, Dollywood is a change. It is more quaint, less perfect and commercialized. It has fun bits of history and Brady watched a Blacksmith create a hook with heat and a hammer and asked a zillion questions about “how he did that?” He was a little short to go on some rides, so we investigated a little church while Molly and her dad did a couple rides. Turns out, I can still play, “When the Saints are Marching In” on a piano (one of the best part of old buildings, old piano’s!) Good life skill, no?
Later that night we went out to dinner at an Old Mill. The sun sets later out here than I realized. By 9pm (bedtime has been late these past two days…) we were strolling down little flower lined streets after dinner, hand in hand. The sky was dusky and gorgeous, a young girl was playing country songs in the grass, and everything kind of stopped for a second. This happens every now and then when everything aligns into a feeling of content, where life seems charmed and exactly the way that it ought to be.
To be continued…