Thursday we headed to Gatlinburg, TN to celebrate Ryan's grandma's 80th birthday. His mom's entire side of the family came in per Grandma Lee's request to stay in the River Lodge Cabin. Yep all 32 of us in one log cabin.
After a long day of travel (3 hour flight + 4 1/2 hour drive), we arrived tired and in need of a glass of wine or three. A summer BBQ dinner awaited us along with trivia about Grandma & Grandpa Lee. Late night talk ensued before finally hitting the hay around midnight.
Friday included a plethora of activities as people split up. Some going for walks; others shopping; more hiking in the mountains. Adelaide & I enjoyed a morning walk before hitting up the pool post lunchtime with Kara, Kinlee, Kendahl, & Nana. While she napped, I wine tasted per Aunt Shirley's excellent pouring skills. Ryan hiked with several of his cousins before heading back for a Mexican Fiesta dinner. Nighttime corn hole & dancing concluded the evening.
Saturday we took a morning stroll up to Apple Barn to check out the Christmas store. I could have spent mucho moola in there but managed to come away with only a few ornaments. We stopped in the wine store but felt 10am was too early to taste (in CA it would have been ok but in TN not so much). So we opted for a smoothie from the creamery instead. Ryan went on a solo hike while Adelaide & I caught some rays poolside again. What can I say, I have a little fish on my hands! Back at the house, the corn hole tournament kicked-off while wine tasting part deux occurred. Italian night was delicious and topped off with a chocolate fountain! The evening rocked on with a dance party on the front porch and late night trivia games.
Sunday we headed out early for the long journey home. Because my grandparents are deceased, I encourage Ryan to speak with them frequently and visit with them as often as possible. It was nice to spend some time with them and celebrate 80 years of life.