For the past two years my dad, Richard, and his wife, Janice, have come down to visit and take us all on vacation.  To say this is a blessing is a severe understatement… vacations are not exactly in the budget for us right now, and having my dad and his wife do this for us is… it’s indescribable.  My dad has always been big on travel and adventure and some of my best childhood memories are of our yearly family vacations… rafting in Tennessee, water parks in Florida, snorkeling in Hawaii, swimming, horseback riding, making sand castles, braving the biggest water slide ever with my dad but being too chicken to go down it a second time.  And now, thanks to Dad and Janice, not only do I get to re-live some of that childhood again with my dad, my children get to experience it with him, too!  And it’s just beyond wonderful.

Here’s Dad, overlooking the Cumberland River on last year’s vacation (back when I was pregnant and wasn’t getting much blogging [or anything else] done):


His beautiful wife, Janice:

And my aunt Rhonda (who looks exactly like she did when I was a little girl… seeing her was like stepping back in time!):


We stayed in a beautiful cabin:

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We went horseback riding (no pictures of that… I was too busy trying not to fall off… It had been waaaaay too long since I’d been on a horse and of course, I just had to choose the biggest one!)

and zip lining:

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Hiking (no pictures of that, either.  I was just trying not to die!)

But my dad got a beautiful picture of the falls:


and the rainbow:


and the kids checking it all out:


We also went fishing!

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And Bunchkin caught a fish with her bare hands!  I don’t have a picture of it, though, because it’s on our other computer and I’m too lazy to go transfer it.

This year, we all went to Lake Cumberland and the first day we were there we walked an absolutely gorgeous trail.  I didn’t get any good pictures of the scenery, though.  I was too busy getting pictures of my kids.  They’re way more gorgeous.

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Bitty and Bunchkin took turns carrying the baby throughout the entire trail, just because they wanted to.  They’re troopers!  I’m pretty sure Baby (who as of now has about fifteen nicknames, so I’ll just call her “Baby” until we settle on one!) was asleep in this picture:

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The next day, we spent the entire afternoon riding pontoon boats on the lake:

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The boys both got a chance to drive the boats:

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look, no hands!

We fished:

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But didn’t catch anything.  We rarely catch anything.

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But we have fun trying!

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As I was uploading these photos, the kids were standing beside me, looking and commenting on all the pictures:

“That vacation was fun.”

“I love vacation.”

“I miss that vacation.  I miss all the vacations.”

“I miss Grandpa.”

“And Ms. Janice.”

“I miss Aunt Rhonda.”

Yep.  That pretty much sums it up.


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