The Best Trip of My Life.... So Far!

It is once again time for a blog link up with I Heart Grade 3 for the Weekly Summer Link Up! 

The topic this week is The Best Trip of My Life. My best trip was a family vacation to Gatlinburg, TN and North Georgia in the summer of 2012. Our kids were just at the perfect age to begin real car travel (6, 5, and 3), so we had not been on ANY big vacations as a family (we were overdue).  We traveled caravan style with my parents so it was super nice for the kids to be able to hop back and forth between cars at pit stops when Jason and I  the kids were ready for a change of noise level scenery. I did lots of research on Pinterest before we left.  I got lots of fun car activities that would keep them interested for a 10 HOUR drive.  

Magnets and Cookie Sheets ROCK!

We were so excited to get there and explore the outdoors, away from the car.  The kids enjoyed trying to find creatures in the stream.  However, with no luck at that, they resorted to skipping throwing rocks in the stream. 




In the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area, we explored Cades Cove, the 8 Mile Craft Community Loop, and Smoky Mountain Knife Works. We even had a fun time trout fishing! We weren't on any schedule and had a blast. 





The second half of our trip was spent in North Georgia with my husband's grandparents.  We LOVED spending time with them. Blackberry picking, nature hunts at the lake (without alligators), sightseeing, and catching lightning bugs. VACATION SUCCESS! 










Do the pictures show the overtired, whining kids during the vacation? No.  Do they show memories being made? Absolutely! These are the memories that make this the Best Trip of My Life, so far......

Now off to more learning, laughter, and love!
Kim 

8 comments:

  1. Hi Kim!

    Thanks for participating in my linky party! I'm glad you were able to join in the fun!

    My family and I have, thankfully, been able to travel with our children and in-laws. My kids love travelling and experiencing new places with their grandparents. They make memories to last a lifetime!

    Monica

    www.iheartgrade3.com
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    1. Monica,
      I just love this linky party! I am having such a great time!

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  2. This looks like a great family trip! I love the beautiful outdoors and it sure looks like your kiddos had fun. My husband and I are expecting our first little girl very soon and I look forward to the day when we can go on a family trip. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Kelly
    Lattes and Lunchrooms

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    1. You will have a blast with your little one. My advice- start with short trips with no expectations! It will make for happier memories.

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  3. Those pictures are so sweet! I've done part of that trip before and it's so much fun.

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    1. Thanks! We had such fun and I love looking back at the pictures.

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  4. This is just our kind of vacation! My husband loves fishing and having grand parents there just gives the holiday a more relaxed feel as there are two extra pairs of eyes and hands!

    I must admit that I did think that you were very brave traveling for 10 hours with a 3 year old but I guess with the research that you did and the preparation of activity packs helped the situation (as well as the extra vehicle). You give me hope that it is possible :)

    Thanks for sharing your story :)

    Margaux
    Learningwithsunflowersmiles.blogspot.com

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    1. Margaux,
      My husband does not consider it a vacation unless some sort of fishing has been done. Living in Florida helps in satisfying in that need. I REALLY did prepare A LOT for this trip. Snack bags, scheduled rest/stretch stops, games and prizes. It was totally worth it!
      Kim

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