Sunday, June 24, 2012

Gatlinburg Family Reunion Part 2

I guess I forgot to mention a really funny story on the last post... if you missed Part 1 you can find it {here}

See this onesie that RG has on? and how its 9 times too big? and a little bit "touristy" haha!

Well we had put a REALLY cute, turquoise, Ralph Lauren tennis dress on Raleigh Grace that morning- it was the first time that she had ever worn it and boy did she look adorable!  Well when we made the drive from our hotel to downtown Pigeon Forge K was getting RG out of her car seat when I saw something on the skirt-- I asked him what it was and he was like, "Oh, probably something she had to eat at lunch." ... as he moved her I saw that the WHOLE underside of her clothes were BLACK.  Baby girl had a MAJOR blowout- I'll spare you the details but let me just tell you- she has not had a blow out since she was about 2 weeks old... so needless to say, I did NOT have a change of clothes for her :( .  I sent my sister, K and my stepdad to go "find" (aka buy) Raleigh Grace something to wear for the remainder of the day-- (this is probably around noon-ish now).  In the time they walked to a store to find her something to wear and walk back- my mom and I were still CLEANING up.  We had such a mess that we even had to clean up the ground from where we were just throwing wipes down ha!  Yea, so this is the ONLY outfit that they could find that was remotely her size (its HUGE on her) it is an 18 month old onesie (she wears 3 month or 3-6 for the most part right now).  I had a hard time putting her in it knowing it had probably been hanging in that store for the past 5 years (I later noticed that the shoulders have a faded line on them from where it was hanging. sigh) ha!  I had no choice but to let her wear it and THANKFULLY her sweet sensitive skin didn't flare up... This just goes to say she can pull anything off ;)
(this is the Ralph Lauren outfit- you can't really see it but your get the idea... super cute ha!)
(and yes, that brochure was strategically placed for picture purposes! ;))

And on with the rest of the pictures from our trip... hope you enjoyed that funny side story ha!
yes, we ALL slept in the same house (almost 30 of us!) ... this is the beautiful 9  bedroom  9 bath house with 2 hot tubs, a huge jacuzzi tub, patio's galore, a pool table, air hockey table, movie theatre, a magnificent kitchen, 2 refrigerators and freezers AND a pinball machine, a golf machine (like the ones you put quarters in) AND an old Atari game system that had pacman, galatica, etc! :) 

this is the first time my cousin (who is the baby of all of us) has ever held a baby!  (and his two sisters)
my uncle Mike and his daugher Christina taking care of the babies- adult view
baby view :)
this was the start of her standing on her own...
she looooves Pop so much! They played and played :) 

baby girl likes poker already- playing with the $$ :) 
this was the first time she STOOD in her crib (pack n play)- Mamma was SHOCKED, esp since there was NOTHING for her to pull up on! 
sweet girls little tan from the beach :)
Pop hiked her a mile and a half up the mountain to this beautiful HUGE waterfall (see it in the distance?) we weren't quite there yet ha! 
Pop and RG & Uncle mike with my cousin Matt's daughter, Lexie 

we saw TONS of green berries hiking... I imagine if they were black that would mean more bears! 
My sister hiked RG  a mile and a half down the mountain! 
Aunt Kelly with her two grandkids- Evelyn and Lexie
bet I couldn't get that shot again in a million years ha *kinda creepy I know- I had no idea that "friend" was there when I snapped this!*

My cousin Laura and her niece Evelyn (this was right before the skink jumped onto her and she started crying :( )

even got to see this beautiful sight one night after the afternoon showers!
Aunt Audrey must have been a bad hand! Ha (we have a picture like this of me holding Audrey and her making a wide eyed face... we were trying to recreate with her holding my baby! ) 
Our family game- Tripoly... best game ever!
playing cards with the cousins
everyone playing with RG- they were trying to get her to roll over and of course she wasn't cooperating ha
singing his baby girl to sleep and rubbing her head :) 
our little family
totally had to SIC EM! :)
Even RG loooved the bears- she just kept giggling at it 
dinner at Bubba Gumps
One morning Audrey and RG playing on the porch
she tried Jello for the first time and LOVED it!
this is what going out to eat consists of now if she isn't in the high chair... no more having her on your lap- she goes after EVERYthing! 

Hope you enjoyed our trip (via pics) as much as we did! I am sure we will be going back soon! :) 


  1. What a wonderful family trip! We go to Gatlinburg/Piegon Forge at least once a year. It's such a beautiful area. LOVED all the pics. Great family memories :)

  2. Haha the story of the outfit is priceless! Makes for a good memory though. That house is amazing and I think it's so fun you all were able to stay in one place together.

  3. aww looks like so much fun! And OMG the blow out. EC hasn't had one in forever either! I think her change of clothes in the diaper bag is too small now! I should change it out!

  4. What a fun trip! Blow out days aren't too far away for me! RG is getting so big!


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