Labor Day Weekend. The unofficial end of summer. Some think it’s a sad time – especially the kids that have to go back to school. But for us – anytime you get a paid day off, it’s reason to celebrate.
And what a better way to celebrate than to do it with family! Bryon’s dad, sister (Tracey), niece (5 month old Kylie) and nephew (Treylan) made the trek from Evansville down to K-town for a little visit. They even brought the dog (Macy) so that Izzy and Foxy could join in the visitation fun!
We hade a great time. Saturday, we watched the football game (how can you have a bad time when the Vols win?). After the game, we let Treylan loose on the Wii. Bowling, boxing, baseball, driving, carnival games, even some Guitar Hero Metallica. How cool is it to see Trey jamming to “To whom the bell tolls”? It was an awesome evening.
Sunday, we made the trip to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. There was a slight drizzle in the air. We figured that most of the out-of-towners would have drove in Friday night or Saturday and that the light rain would keep any locals from driving down. So we didn’t take the “super secret back way” – which is shorter when traffic is heavy, but longer if it’s not.
Oops – traffic was heavy! But all was good. After all – what’s the difference between sitting around the living room and sitting together in traffic? We still had lots of time to visit!
We finally made it to the aquarium. Trey and Kylie had a marvelous time. Trey was so amazed with all of the fish, he could hardly decide what to see first! I don’t think we could pin him down to one favorite thing – but he certainly liked the shark tunnel, picking up the horseshoe crabs, petting the stingrays (oh – and don’t forget the piranha's and the king crabs and the giant catfish and the jellyfish and the blow fish and the………)
Treylan and Aunt Darlene visit the giant Catfish
Kylie Jo was simply on sensory overload! There was so many moving colors and lights and sounds and people that her big baby eye peepers were looking all over the place. The absolute best part for her was at the very end. Passing through the gift shop, Tracey decided to buy Kylie a souvenir “pink stuffed stingray”. She gave it to Kylie and her eyes popped open and she broke out into that big toothless baby grin. It was as good as gold.
Kylie meets her stingray!
After all of the excitement of the aquarium, we ate some dinner at the Apple Barn. If you’ve never been then you need to go. And if you have been – then you know that even with an appetite as big as what we had, we still brought food home! It was delicious as usual!
So it was a wonderful visit. We only hope that they come back to see us soon!!!!!!
…and for those of you counting – 88 bottles of beer on the wall. 88 bottles of beer. Take one down. Pass it around. To be continued…