Note: yes, I am aware that it is December and I am just now posting about a trip that happened in October. A myriad of setbacks have prevented me from posting this earlier, including an uncooperative computer, and uncooperative website host, and the fact that I only have time to work on it in three minute increments. It looks like we're going to have to have some work done on the computer, so the monthly update for December will most likely be late too. Try to overcome your despair, please :)
Our big trip (which we have looked forward to for some time!) was to Tennessee to see the house my parents have built for the first time. It was our first long car trip since becoming parents, and Eli did remarkably well. As long as he wasn’t hungry he was generally pretty happy and able to entertain himself…although there was a long traffic jam in Atlanta that none of us were sure we would live through…we were especially amazed at how well he did on the way back, when we decide to try making the drive all in one 13 hour overnight trip.
We got there a few days before everyone else, so Eli had his Pappy and Gigi to himself at first. This is the view we had once we turned the corner in their driveway:
My parent’s beautiful new house. Interesting tidbit – the show Moonshiners is set right in this area.
There’s a little terra cotta pipe nearby that gives off some of the best water I’ve ever had. I heard that it makes great moonshine, but lacto-momma over here can’t confirm that.
A few reasons I love this area of Tennessee are as follows:
- Nobody really cares what you look like. You can wear hiking boots all the time and you fit right in.
- My parents live there.
- This is where we spent many vacations when I was a kid, and it seems to be beautiful no matter what time of year it is, but especially in Autumn!
- People don’t cater to tourists – they just do things to make this a nice place to visit and live. For example, the owner of a general store might set up a cute little photo op so you can take a picture of your adorable baby while your husband and dad hover just outside of the camera range because he’s not sitting up well yet.
Case in point.
Pappy and his boy.
More to come!