Saturday, October 31, 2015

chattanooga: with nana and poppy

Lafayette is 45 minutes away from Chattanooga so after our days alone we spent a day with Nana and Poppy at their new house.  The evening was gorgeous so we spent the entire thing outside.  There was baseball, kuub, cooking over the fire and camping out.  Well camping out for Zach, Micah , Connor and Logan, I slept in a bed alone and it was none too shabby!

After a good nights sleep and some more playtime we went to visit some horses down the road and then had a yummy picnic lunch in a state park and then hiked.  Octobers are fantastic.  Octobers with grandparents make it even better.

chattanooga: city explorers

Day 2 was all about hanging out by the river and the north shore before heading out to Lafayette to visit Nana and Poppy.  We visited All Books, walked across the pedestrian bridge, ate a yummy lunch and played in Coolidge Park.  

To celebrate our fun times we stopped at Clumpies for ice cream for the boys and the Hot Chocolatier for the worlds best hot chocolate for me.  I love adventuring with my little family!

chattanooga: lookout mountain

During the boys' fall break last week we were able to get away for a few days.  Thanks to a hotel voucher that Zach won at a Braves game a couple years ago, we stayed at the Read House Hotel near downtown Chattanooga.  We pulled into town around eight wednesday night and went straight to bed to get ready for our massively packed Thursday.  Seriously, we accomplished a lot of Chattanooga.

First stop was a fun, delicious, diner breakfast where Connor did his best Leslie Knope impression by eating a gigantic waffle covered in whip cream.  Then we took a trip up Lookout Mountain on the Incline Railway.  I was a little nervous about how the boys/me would handle the extremely steep ride up.  They loved every second of it and when we got to the top were amazed that we were above the clouds.  Seriously, we could see the top of the clouds and it was pretty fantastic.

Before riding back down we walked a couple of blocks, gawked at the insanely gorgeous homes on the edge of the mountain, and visited Pointe Park.  There were some really pretty overlooks of the river and the city.  Plus they had cannons so the boys were pretty occupied for awhile.  

After lunch we spent the afternoon geocaching, playground playing, and finding a natural bridge before heading back to the hotel for much needed rest and then riding the electric shuttle to dinner.  

I absolutely love the mix of special and ordinary.  Doing cool new things in familiar places and do ordinary things in new places.  This was a fantastic day with my fellas.