Thursday, May 16, 2013

Road Trip to Gatlinburg

Brooke was scheduled to go with her church to a women's retreat in Gatlinburg. She goes every year and it was planned for her to room with some other people, but that plan fell through so she invited us! We had an absolute blast. The conference is held at a resort that has a waterpark inside so while she was doing conference stuff, we got to play at the waterpark. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of the waterpark because I was afraid my phone would get wet so I didn't take it down there.

We hit the road Friday morning:
We got there that afternoon and went to get some lunch/dinner. Then we came back to the hotel and went to the waterpark for a little while. That evening we decided just to go to the restaurant in the hotel for dinner because we didn't really feel like getting back out. Not long after we got back to the room, Brayden started complaining that his stomach was hurting. This actually is not totally unusual because he tends to have stomach issues and gets constipated sometimes. We tried giving him some Metamucil in his juice and Brooke even put something in his bottom to make him go, but nothing was working. Finally he got off the toilet (he sat on there for probably 30 minutes) and Mom was just holding him while he cried. She sat down on the bed with him and all of a sudden, he was vomiting everywhere! Down Mom's back, all over the bed, etc. It was pretty disgusting. We had to ask the front desk to send new bed linens and Mom had to get cleaned up. The good news is Brayden felt a lot better after that, thank goodness. We chalked it up to a bad hotdog and drinking a lot of water. We fell into bed that night absolutely exhausted. That was pretty much the longest day ever!

Saturday morning we woke up and went back to the waterpark. It turns out Bentley has major bedhead in the morning:

When Brooke got done with her conference for the day around lunch, we decided to shower and head into Gatlinburg to walk the strip. Mom (Nana) needed to take a shower too and this is what happened:
These 2 kids seriously do not know how to function without Nana.:)

When we got to the strip and started walking, we ran into a pirate! Brayden was a little hesitant at first, but he finally went over to meet him.
We also stopped in Baskin Robbins to get some ice cream and Bentley and I had some fun snapping some pics to keep her occupied:
I sure do love that little girl.

Saturday night Mom, Brooke, and Bentley went to the concert with the conference and Brayden and I just decided to stay in. He went to bed pretty early and I savored the quiet time by watching a show on my phone.

Sunday morning, we got up to head home. We had a few tense moments on the way home, but we finally made it. :) As much fun as it was, I don't recommend driving that long just for a weekend.

We really did have a great time - thank you Brooke for taking us!

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