Monday, April 14, 2008

Smoky Mountain Rain

Finally, I blog! The trip last weekend was a lot of fun, despite the fact that I lost my voice halfway through. I felt okay, but have now been battling the flu and bronchitis for over a week. Blecch. Hence the long delay in posting. But the trip was worth all the coughing. See us having fun:
Hanging in the cabin after the kiddies went to bed...


My little family...


Charlie at the waterfall...


Daddy and Feke...



Adam and I...and Mallory!


The guys admiring the view...


Fisherpeople!


Lunchtime!


The goose got a little aggressive!


Charlie on the way to the cabin....


Our summer home....I mean, some scenery...


Love!


The guys conquering the waterfall.


Our boys in their cute little wresting match...


On a side note, I have to say it was a really strange experience to be in the mountains with my child. It brought some symmetry to my life that is amazing. My siblings and I grew up going camping, hiking and fishing in this area, and it brings back so many memories to be there with Charlie. I never remembered thinking about my mom and dad cooking all that food, or how much the fish cost per pound, or where the gas station was. Everything was just there, and it was perfect and easy and just FUN. I feel like I have now seen it through my parents' eyes and a child's and it made me proud and happy to be able to give Charlie that experience too. Taking your children to a place you loved as a child is something I never thought would be so affecting...anyone else feel this way? Next time I am DETERMINED to get my parents up there with us. :) Charlie loved it, and has since been asking for his fishing pole, and to go back to the "cavin". Soon enough!

I am working on kicking the last of this cold/flu mess that I have. My right ear has been stopped up and ringing for 4 days...I may be ordering a straightjacket from Ebay of this doesn't go away soon. :(

9 comments:

cathy said...

OH YIPPEE! An update. Ignore my email to you berating you for not updaing your blog. Since you've been sick I will forgive you just this once, but that was an awfully long time for me to go without new photos of your fab fam! I think the photo of Prince Charles in the car should be titled "Rollin' with my homies." He has the kick-back and ride look about him. Looks like you had a wonderful time! Get better soon.

Deirdre said...

So sorry you're so sick, but the cabin weekend looks and sounds just wonderful! It's interesting what you say about revisiting childhood haunts with your own children. We're considering a trip this summer to a beach town in NY that I used to go to as a child, and I'm really excited by the prospect of sharing it with my kids (this would be when baby girl is around 2 months old, so her brother would the the one having all the fun).

You all look beautiful and happy, and I really hope you're on the mend—it is absolutely NO FUN being sick when you're pregnant (and when you have a toddler to chase all day).

Chatter said...

Oh my, that is SO beautiful! Where were you? I'm so happy to hear you had such a great time and I'm sorry about the sickness. I just got over mine and it was awful so I hope you get feeling better soon. LOVE all the pictures!! It's so pretty and your family is adorable!

Chatter said...

Duhh! Smoky Mountains...

Julie said...

That looks so peaceful.
Sorry you are under the weather!

Virginia said...

Yeah! It's good to have you back :) We missed you around here!
Looks like you had a great time at the cabin and I can't wait to have the experience of taking Kai camping and to the places we went when I was a kid.. too bad we'll have to pretend it was the same b/c I don't see us camping in Cali anytime soon :)
btw - charlie is just gorgeous.. he should do gap ads!
love to all
va

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Kari said...

So sorry to hear that you weren't feeling so hot. Not fun when you are chasing around sweet CF all day! Glad to hear that you are feeling so much better.

The pics of your trip are amazing and absolutely beautiful!

Kerry and Tom said...

Those pictures are amazing. It looks like you had so much fun.
Seriously can Charlie get any cuter??? We all have colds here again too.

miss you