July 17, 2009

Summer Catch Up

Summer is disappearing at an alarming rate! Things have been fun, but busy around here. I guess that is why time is going so fast. Here is a quick re-cap, as quickly as I can any way.

Big Bear and I finished the family room. The prints look much better in person than they do in this picture. We both really like the finished look of the family room. We need to find a few more pictures or wall art for the walls. I am not in a hurry. I want to find just the right thing.
My niece and nephews came for a visit. We had so much fun when they were here. We spent one day out at the farm. They all had fun. Mr. J really loved the freedom of driving the golf cart all over the farm. He CAN'T wait to start driving. Miss S. and Mr. T enjoyed riding the horses. Everyone enjoyed the tire swing.

Miss C and Mr. T giving Woody a cool down shower.

T on the tire swing.

All of our nieces and nephews.

The second week we all packed up and headed to Seiverville. My parents rented a beautiful cabin and two of my three brothers came down for the week.
Photo borrowed from the Oak Haven web site

We didn't do a lot of sightseeing while in Tennessee. We enjoyed hanging out at the cabin where we ate, played games, ate, and chatted the hours away. It was such a great time. I learned quite a bit while we were there. Top five:
1. My niece and nephews are growing up way too fast.
2. I SUCK at pool (billiards). My 14 year old nephew is really good at it.
3. Don't mix martinis with wine and then go for a walk. Hills increase in steepness 10-fold.
4. Big Bear and I can throw a pretty mean Mexican dinner! ;o)
5. Time spent with family is priceless!

Big Bear and I did take the kids to the Gatlinburg Aquarium one day. That was COOL!!

We stopped at an outlet mall after the aquarium. I don't think the kiddos liked this part much.
This is how we all felt on the way home from vacation.

It's been a GREAT summer so far!!


  1. I love that cabin. Where was this?

  2. Looks like you have been having TONS of FUN..
    LOVE the photos..
    Have a great weekend...
    Love the new paintings on the wall

  3. Looks like you have had a wonderful summer so far! I love the TN mountains - I want to go back so bad! Love the FR pics!

  4. hehehe looks like sandra is looking for a new cabin for their family vacation:)

    The room looks soo pretty!

    got to love having summers off ( that is the only way they can get us back in the fall:)

  5. Looks like you're having a fabulous summer. I love Gatlinburg! And I've been to the aquarium, too. I think after watching your videos I might go pick up my nieces and nephews for the day. You made me realize how much I miss them (even though I just saw them last Saturday. LOL!)

    PS. The wall art looks great.

  6. I love the mountains of Tennessee... looks like a fun summer so far. Where is the cabin?

  7. The pics in the family room are gorgeous! What gret colours!

    Fun, fun times on vacay with the family! Horse back riding is such fun. The cabin looks great and I love that you were able to spend so much quality time with your family!

  8. I love the paintings you bought..I am already thinking of where I could put them:)
    It looks like you had a FUN trip with your family!!

  9. The family room is fab :)

    It DOES look like one great summer.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the cabin in the woods plan.

    I'll have to keep point #3 in mind. Someday I will have a swig again. Not a drop since home from China because it would just make me go to sleep..just like that last picture.

    Enjoy on!