Tuesday, April 19, 2016

One Year Older and other happenings

Another birthday rolled around, #39.  One year closer to the big 4.0.  I have to say, this wasn't the best birthday.  Well, it's awesome to be alive, healthy and have an amazing family BUT this day wasn't stellar.  I woke up and Emma was up before I had my coffee (strike one...I need coffee to handle this girl).  Myles spilled his cereal all over the couch, I cried, Josh screamed, Myles cried.  Josh took his Kindle and put it on the ladder where it proceeded to bounce down every wrung and smash onto the concrete floor.  Keep in mind, I still hadn't had my coffee.  
Later that morning, my car broke down.  Emma peed her pants on purpose a few times just to piss me off.  We went out to dinner and it was one of those dinners.  The kids wouldn't sit down, running around, yelling.  At one point I turned to the 20-somethings that were sipping their beer behind us and apologized.  I told the ladies it was "a little birth control" for them.  
Sorry to be a Debbie Downer!  Anyway, all is right with the world.  Crappy days happen but things always turn around.  I am grateful.

Walking along the highway when our car broke down.

This was after a mile of a bossy 35 pound toddler on my back yelling, "watch out for cars, don't step in the puddle, give me a stick, LOOK AT THE BIRD!"

Later that evening I had a beer....a few birthday beers

This elf tried to make me mad by taking it.

Although she pees herself on purpose to upset me, she's still pretty awesome.

Her cat thinks so too

Boys in a bucket

Caesar loves Myles too

Sweet outfit

Ripping out the flags that say where buried gas lines are located.


Playing with the girls after school

Spring Break- Chattanooga, TN

Josh didn't want to take too much time off work, so we went to Chattanooga for a long weekend.  We have talked about visiting Chattanooga for a long time as we've heard great things.  It didn't disappoint.  You could tell they had made some major changes in the last 10 years.  There was a lot to see and do for kids, the aquarium, the incline railway and Rock City, just to name a few.  

The Incline Railway

Grady wasn't too sure about going up

Or going down (I have to admit, it was a little freaky)

We went to check out Ruby Falls but the lines were too long.  We can't handle long lines!

We found an ice cream shop that boasted 17,000 flavor combinations. 

Chattanooga had a lot of pedestrian walkways.  We enjoyed walking (or in Emma's case, running) from one part of the city to another.

Emma, still running, as usual.

The aquarium was awesome.

The kids got to touch stingrays and sturgeon 

Looking for butterflies at the butterfly garden

Swimming with the fishes

A few selfies while playing "switch faces"

We stopped by Rock City.  We had no clue what it was but headed that way regardless.

It was really cool!  It use to be the private residence of a couple that loved gardening.  There were trails all throughout amazing rock outcroppings.  The woman loved folklore and fairy tales so they were putting on a fairy tale themed event.

Nooks and Crannies galore

This one was called "Fat Man's Squeeze"

Heading towards a tunnel

A swinging bridge

King Myles and his Jester

Princess Emma

See Seven States lookout

Pretty impressive waterfall

As most of you all know, I am a connoisseur of donuts.  We found an amazing shop right down the street from our rental.

I had a key lime donut.  Mmmmm, amazing

Chattanooga had no shortage of parks

These statues shoot water in the warmer months

We found a carousel 

And played at another park

The boys wanted Josh to throw them like he does Emma.  Keep in mind, Grady weighs close to 80 pounds.

Myles went a wee bit higher

On the way back to NC we stopped at the Lost Sea, the second largest underground lake.

Walking into the caves

It was enormous 

We enjoyed our spelunking adventure as much as we loved Chattanooga