Fall Break

Yep, I know. Fall Break was awhile ago. Life happens, and I am behind on blogging. But I still want to share our trip, because it was a great one. The first half of fall break we went to Dale Hollow Dam with my family, and then the second half we went to Fall Creek Falls with Jake’s family (this is our usual routine).

Some things I want to remember about Dale Hollow Dam before I give you a picture overload:

-We took CATS camping. Yes, yes we did. The kittens came with us. We don’t normally take cats camping, but they were simply too small still to stay home alone. So what do you do? We borrowed a cage, put them in the back of the truck, and put them under the awning of the camper. The kiddos let them out to play at different times of the day, and they proceeded to climb several trees, once having to be rescued with Pappy’s ladder…..but we all survived, they survived, and it was a successful.

-The kids went squirrel hunting with Jake and Daddy.

-Jack was really into fishing.

-It was cold! The first official fall weather we’ve had yet, and we relished it. Perfect for campfires and snuggling under blankets, even if it was a shock to all of us who had been used to 90+ days for so long!

And now for some (unedited, uncropped, just as they were taken) pics:

65D13B92-610D-4665-B725-83B3E89D00EEWe had a half day of school on Friday, and the kids and I jetted out of there…..because I hadn’t packed even one thing or gone to the grocery. We had picked up Jake from the airport the night before (he’d been on a work retreat for a week), and I had hosted an XC meet on Tuesday, and women’s Bible study on Wednesday….there just hadn’t been a spare moment. So packing happened in a flurry, and then we stopped at Wall-Mart in Lafayette to get groceries on the way there. Which, honestly, is probably the better plan anyways!


This boy was SUPER excited to be on the road.

Cats…CAMPING…..never say never.

It’s fun to camp with all kinds of people you know…friends and family!

Fishing at the creek with Pappy….

When they went squirrel hunting, Josie was paired up with Jake.

On Monday, we took our boat to Willow Grove to get it winterized, and while they were working on it, we got in Pappy and Grammy’s boat and went fishing for a bit. It was a BEAUTIFUL day to be on the water.

It was a great start to our trip! On Tuesday we packed up and headed straight to Fall Creek Falls. Well, we did make our routine stop at Wal-mart for groceries and lunch…but almost straight there.

Some highlights/things I want to remember about the Fall Creek Falls trip:

-There wasn’t much water coming over the waterfalls because of the drought. But we still made the hike to the bottom, and it was great. And so much easier than when were there 7 years ago, since I didn’t have a one year old on my back! MeeMaw hiked down with us, too!

-One day us and Liz and her kiddos drove down to South Cumberland State Park to do some hiking on the Stone Door trail and the Fiery Gizzard trail. It was SO worth the drive down there-South Cumberland is BEAUTIFUL, and the trails were great. We did a lot of hiking the whole trip, but this was our favorite.

-Hide and seek in the dark has become a new tradition.

-We rented  paddle boats/canoes/kayaks one day to play on the lake.

-There was lots of card playing. We even introduced Abby to Hand and Foot and let her play a few rounds one night.

-4 Square Volleyball made a comeback (a game we have totally just made up and now have started a new tradition).

Now for the picture overload:

Playing around near the nature center in Fall Creek Falls State Park

Card playing shenanigans

Hiking to the bottom of the Falls.

Hiking to a CRAZY high overlook. It was gorgeous.

4 square Volleyball shenanigans

South Cumberland State Park…..we want to go back here for sure! It was some of the most beautiful trails we’ve been on in Tennessee.

On the lake at Fall Creek Falls.


It was a great trip. We were ready to come home, but sad the trip was over, all at the same time. That’s a mark of a good trip, though!

And, just for kicks….a comparison. Because I’m a sucker for comparisons!

September…and the beginning of October

I did a bit better in September about blogging than August, but I still missed some things. So here’s a bit of a catch up.

It’s was a busy month, with cross country season, time with friends and family, and harvesting muscadines. It has been HOT…as in, every day over 90! Hottest cross country season I’ve ever had. We hosted a meet at our farm…..which I didn’t get even one picture of. But it went SO well. SO much work…but I think it was worth it. Jack lost his shoe in the first part of the race, and ran almost the entire mile without it! Silly boy.

Here’s what else we’ve been up to…..

Fun night hanging out with friends…



Kinley turned five!


We harvested muscadines and put up more than 20 quarts of juice for making jelly….


The kitties are getting big! The kids are still doing a great job taking care of them, too.


We’ve listened to our audio book on the porch some nights so we can watch the kitties play….


Also: Josie missed a couple of days of school for strep throat…yuck.


We made homemade skillet pizzas one night….they were delicious! We also finished ALL of the Marvel movies, finally! 🙂


Practicing guitar before school….this girl is looking so much older here lately! (Acting older, too! She is for SURE a middle schooler….)



Picnic lunch with our community group after church….



Last weekend Josie had the opportunity to sing with Mrs. Sarah again. On Sunday they had a shorter session, so to kill time we took Jack to the skate park over by the wave pool…He had a blast. He said he like this one better than the indoor skate park!


Jack is doing really well in cross country this year…he got FIFTH in his last race…and he is racing against 5th graders!



Finally got a date night with this gorgeous guy. We found a GREAT new sushi place in Nashville….maybe the best restaurant we’ve eaten at in Nashville, period. Then we went to Milk and Honey for dessert. It’s all about the food. 🙂


In between THREE photo shoots on Saturday, I got to grab lunch with this sweet friend. It’s always a treat to get to hug on Megan!



Now to another SUUPPPEERRR busy week before we get out for FALL BREAK!!