Last month we took a roadtrip to Gatlinburg, TN. There we rented a 4br cabin with 3 other crazy families (8 adults and 9 kids). One family came from Georgia, one from Missouri, the other from Nashville, and us from Pennsylvania. We all met each other through the what if conference. Not only did that conference change our lives completely, it also brought some of the coolest, loving and inspiring people into our lives. And for that, we are thankful.
The week we spent in TN was amazing. I thought (we all thought) it was just a matter of time until the kids started getting on each others nerves. Somehow, that never happened. They played with each other as if they’ve known one another for all their life.
Below are images from our time together. There are photos that were taken with and edited on our phones mixed in with these (so don’t judge us 😉
Oh and expect some random horse heads.
One game we played on the way down was count how many Cracker Barrels you see. I lost count….they are everywhere. Speaking of everywhere, do you know that Duck Dynasty is sold everywhere down South? Maybe not everywhere, but every place we walked into that sold anything….sold Duck Dynasty.
We also got a lot of stares from people at just about every place we stopped. Maybe it was because our kids were wearing sandals, mixed matched pajamas and had hair like a crazy amazon woman. If it wasn’t for the “you’re not from around here are you?” question we occasionally got, I would say I was just being paranoid, haha.
There is an amazing view in those clouds. You’ll see it soon!
The best thing about vacationing with all photographers is that no one gets annoyed when you ask them to go pose for you. haha.
I’m pretty sure that the Cook’s are our southern doppelgängers. The Cook’s (aka: Shehewe) are about as awesome as they come. We met them 2 summers ago at What if, Portland.
I could honestly live here. So peaceful and beyond beautiful.
Sunrises are my thing. Even when the sun plays hide and seek with some clouds, it’s still worth it! It’s beauty shapes my entire day.
I think making sandwiches in a Walmart parking lot puts us in the category #peopleofwalmart. When you have 9 hungry kids and you’re about to go on a hike…the walmart parking lot becomes a perfectly acceptable place to make sandwiches.
Could you imagine waking up to this every single day? I could!
These three! Now that we have the Scobey’s in our life…I couldn’t imagine our lives without them. We met this couple on the first night of What If Dominican last February. Sometimes people are brought into your lives for a reason. I know that Ashley and Graham were put into our lives for a reason.
There was this mountain behind our cabin that we wanted to hike. It didn’t look so bad. We quickly realized that there were no trails (not that we expected any), but what we thought would be hiking sure felt a lot like rock climbing on wet leaves and slippy moss. There were some really scary parts, especially going down. It was definitely the most difficult hike I’ve done. But we all made it up and all made it down alive and uninjured. Wooo!
And now this was one of our favorite parts of the trip. The epic food fight. We’ve wanting to do this for a while and well, this was the perfect time! The only thing that would have made this better would have been a slightly warmer day. ha!
Thank you Josh and Jenny from the Happy Family movement for the photos! You may be familiar with the Happy family movement. If you’re not, you should be. They are amazing people doing amazing things. We also met them last year in the Dominican.
I’m sure you’ve heard us mention the happy family summer bucket list challenge a time or a thousand times. We can thank this family for that. I love their “Say yes to adventure” motto. I really wish they were our next door neighbors! Actually, I wish all of these families were our neighbors! It would be great to have mom time with these ladies and for the guys to be neighbros….and do whatever guys do.
Mashed potatoes (some slightly frozen) everywhere. In our ears, noses, mouth, and hair. It was disgustingly awesome!
Yes, that’s my reflection in the window. I’m wearing onsie pj’s. I’m like a big kid.
A perfect way to end an already amazing trip. We had to park our cars at the bottom of the mountain and hike down because of the snow storm they got. So much fun! This was icing on the cake!
On the way home, I heard this song called Life is Beautiful. I’ve never heard it before. It got me thinking about the past week and I couldn’t help but feel grateful for life, for nature’s beauty, for amazing friends who inspire us and for the amazing friendships we’ve developed, and for our family. I loved the song so much that I made a slideshow of our time there 🙂