This past weekend, we packed up the kids and headed down to Sevierville, TN in the Great Smoky Mountains for the Savell Family Reunion. They've been doing these for years, and this was OUR first. I had no idea what to expect, but after 3 nights and 4 days at the cabins of Hidden Mountain Resorts with a whole bunch of southerners I'm thrilled we made the trip!
We got out the door at 6AM on Thursday morning arriving at the cabin by 5:15PM, success! Greeted by the warm and loving smiles of Uncle Bill and Aunt Bebe, I was lead into a gorgeous cabin beautifully decorated with a shabby chic country roosters scheme. I was very much reminded of the Argo's beautiful cabin in Gatlinburg where we rang in 2011. Tripp and I were EAGER to see our cabin buddies Jacky and Cayte not only because this would be the first time I saw Cayte with a baby belly, but because David needed to play with his Uncle BFF. Poor D had not slept 30 minutes in the car and was putting on quite a show for the Savell families during dinner. When the Kings arrived, Tripp and I sighed in relief and hunkered down for a good family time.
Our first night's dinner was BBQ, then Friday was a southern spread of Ham, greenbeans and sweet potato casserole, followed by Saturday afternoon Thanksgiving. Yep, Thanksgiving in October is one of their traditions. Of coarse, between Thanksgiving lunch and leftovers for dinner, the pregnant lady & breastfeeding mama demanded and stuffed ourselves with Krispy Kreme donuts. Needless to say, I got out for a walk Monday morning stat.
David's cherished moments from the weekend revolved around walking uphill and throwing acorns downhill with Dad & Jacky & Aunt Bebe & Uncle Bill - and cartoon time and running all over the place with Uncle Jacky. He rested up for family time in a very large and fancy bathroom with a large jacuzzi tub. We referred to that master bathroom as D's nursery.
Judah and his sweet peaceable nature impressed all, which was nice because poor D was so overwhelmed and exhausted by all the new faces to keep composure. Aunt Cayte swayed him to sleep like a pro and took over the position of 'putting Judah to sleep'. Judah's first long stretch of stretch happened during this trip, however Tripp and I were too engrossed with the company of our family to take note and get the added sleep.
Overall, I loved my time in the Smokies and was reminded that these dear people are just a car ride (that won't kill you afterall) away.