Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Restful Vacation

I had a great time away with my family this past week. We have been on turbo speed with renovating the new house, preparing our home for the move, (not even thinking about) packing, getting supplies for the new baby ready, serving in the church, and being intentional about quality time together as a family. 

           Someone was ready to go! 

Chris and I started our trip alone Saturday morning- minus babies, carseats, diapers, and our little Einstein with his questions. We shopped in Pigeon Forge for the kids winter clothes and Chris a birthday present. He ended up with Fossil sunglasses, boots and a leather belt from Bass, and two pairs of jeans. According to Chris if I wasn't pregnant, then I could have also bought for myself. But I'm pretty sure the shopping trip was an example of Momma puts her babies first;) We checked into the River Park Inn to relax before our dinner. I love staying at this hotel mainly for the homemade breakfast in bed of donuts and coffee. However, since we only needed a one bed room, we were on the creekside. It was peaceful to prop the balcony door open and hear the water. For dinner, we treated ourselves to the Peddler. It's a wonderful steakhouse off River Road. We had reservations for 9:00 (since we were alone and didn't have bedtimes or babysitters to worry about). When we arrived we requested a table overlooking the river. It was supposed to be an extra 30 minutes but we ended up being seated at 8:45- I must have looked extra hungry and pregnant!

 This restaurant has wonderful service and great quality steaks. It's been Chris approved. We enjoyed coffee and cheesecake and didn't leave the restaurant until 10:45! It was so nice to spend time alone with Chris. We put our relationship with our kids first more than we do each other. 

For Christmas, my Dad gifted us with a trip to the Wilderness Resort in Sevierville, TN. My parents, sister, brother in law, and niece, and my family all shared three adjoining rooms. The girls didn't keep each other up all night, and Dallas got to sleep in his own big bed in Chief's room.

 The resort had restaurants so we really didn't need to leave. The water park slides were just as good as Splash Country, but without lines.  Being able to eat lunch, change clothes, and nap in our rooms in the middle of the day was also a plus.  

"...the most satisfying part of a dream is often the journey along the way."

Now it's back to reality- unpacking, washing clothes, 3 yards to mow, renting out a house, packing(!!!!), and finishing up renovations in 21 days. We could definitely use the prayers to remember the reasons why God has us on the journey. We love our family and know that all this chaos is just preparing for the future He has for us! 

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