Friday, August 3, 2018

Lake Winnie!

We've had some fun adventures lately. 
Last Monday we had another one as we and our youth department from church visited Lake Winnie. 
We had a great group go with us. Lot's of fun, laughs, and a few queasy tummies. But that's kind of expected from an amusement park. ;) 
It was hot and HUMID... mercy. Thankfully there were moments of breeze and eventually we got in the Soak ya side of the park. 
I know I must be getting old, rides used to NEVER bother me. I could ride ANYTHING! I got a little green on the Genie... ugh. No fun!

We had a lot of fun laughing with each other.

Thankful for this cool dip in the lazy river!
The Bumper cars seemed to be more fun than usual. When your group is so big that you need two rides to get everyone through, that's a pretty good thing. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Rafting the Hiwassee

Last week Shannon and I took a group of our youth and adults from our church on a little adventure rafting the Hiwassee river. We had so much fun. It's been a LONG time since I've been rafting and this was a first for our children. We had a great group of 28 people go with us!
We had 6 rafts and my cousin brought his own kayak. 

We had a few good rapids, but several of us on the trip wished for more. ;)
*thrill seekers* haha

Towards the end of the trip we hopped out of the boat and floated down the river to where we were supposed to dock. The water was COLD, but it felt SO good!

At the end of our journey there was an old railroad bridge... it was a popular place to jump from. Many brave ones took the plunge. It was fun to watch!! 
I'm thankful for such fun adventures with friends! 

Friday, July 27, 2018

A day at the Zoo

This past week has been a flurry of activity. First we canned salsa at Mom's on Monday. Tuesday we went to the zoo. Wednesday we went rafting! Yesterday was a dentist appt for all three of the youngers. And here we are at Friday already! Whew! What a week!

Tuesday we tagged along with the Children's dept at church and enjoyed a morning at the Chattanooga Zoo. The kids always enjoy going, but they love it more when they get to go with a group and be with their cousins and friends. 

This baby peacock was adorable! I love how mom and baby are here keeping a low profile in the shade and then daddy peacock is over there in the background strutting away!
One thing I love about this little zoo is the extra details they showcase. Local artisans make things and it adds to the beauty of the zoo.  This mosaic parrot is just one example.
The petting zoo is always a big hit. The kids love to be able to interact with the animals.

I am always looking at the beautiful plants, shrubbery, leaves, etc... There are a lot of beautiful things to see, we just have to keep our eyes open!

Have a wonderful day! 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Family Time

Last weekend we had EVERYONE home... if you are a parent of young adults with jobs, you may know the rarity of this! And when your eldest asks for the family to do something together your home-body self jumps and says "YES!" 
So we thought about what we could do and decided to use our "kids bowl free" passes and go bowling and then take a little hike around the Nature Center. 

Just in case you didn't know... the kids bowl free is great! You get two free games for each kid, BUT you have to rent shoes. So just know that if you are interested.
Also, here's the link! 
I feel a little guilty because all these years we have lived so close to the Nature Center, but I don't think we have ever visited. Such a shame... but we will rectify that, I have no doubt! 
We thoroughly enjoyed the short little trek we took Saturday evening. 

It was hot as blazes and SUPER humid... blech! But we had a great time!

It's always a thrill to be together with the whole family.