Sunday, December 30, 2007

Getting Away

Verne works such long hours, and I was glad to have him home with the family for an entire week. We enjoyed a leisurely Christmas, and then on Thursday morning, we drove several hours to a little vacation. It was heavenly! No schedules to keep, just strolling, enjoying the Christmas lights, and delighting in the fact that we were all together.

First stop: Bass Pro ShopsThis is not just a place for hunters and fishermen, but anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Next stop: a music store. Mac got to jam on several acoustics. He's trying to narrow down which one he's currently saving for. Right now, it looks like it's going to be a Taylor.

After checking in to our hotel, we went for a stroll. Across the street from our hotel was this amazing inn. We went for a little tour. Wow!

It looked like a castle, and was beautifully decorated.

After dinner, we went for a drive to view the Christmas lights. Here's one fabulous display that we saw atop a hill.

We drove to the top of a mountain and watched the skiers and ice skaters before descending again.

The highlight of our trip was going to the Dixie Stampede for the Christmas show.
The food was amazing, and the show was wonderful. If you ever get the chance to go, it's very much worth it.

We're back home, safe and sound, and thankful for the time that we were able to get away. I hope that you are having a great weekend as well!


Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful! So glad you had some amazing family time and a get-away as well.

It was so great for us to spend some time in Texas. Those little vacations are so good for the soul.

Lisa said...

Looks like you all had a lovely trip. The pictures were awesome!
Happy New year to you and your family!

weavermom said...

Looks like you had a fantastic time! I'm ready for one of these family weekend getaways! :)

Glad you had a great time - Happy New Year!

Ruth said...

Looks like a great trip? Where did you go? It looks like Gatlinburg. Glad you all had a great time.

Tracy said...

We DID go to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge! It was lots of fun! Good eye!

Beck said...

It looks like you had a wonderful trip! I'm glad you're back.

randi---i have to say said...

I am so glad you were able to get away with the whole family! It sounds like you all had a great time and are refreshed enough to get back to "real life"! ;)

Rachel said...

So glad you had such a great time! We love the Dixie Stampede too:)
Missed you at church today and sooooooo sorry that you were not feeling well again!!! Praying for you and hope you have a good visit with family!

Momala said...

What a fun weekend! Its great just to get away from the normal routine isn't it? Have a Happy New Year!

Julieann said...

I so enjoyed the picture tour of your vacation---so lovely:)


Daughter of the King said...

LOVED the pictures of the looks like it was a well needed break.

Karen said...

Tracy, we like to visit Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge as well. Gordon took the older girls when they were younger to the Dixie Stampede. They loved it!
And Bass Pro Shop?,,,,all of Gordon's Christmas presents came from there this year! ;0) He LOVES that store. I kinda like it, too.

~~ said...

Looks like you had a delightful time! My husband loves outdoor shops and would be in heaven. Seeing your pictures makes me want to make a trip there since it is not too far from us!