The Best Laid Plans: Part Two

We had originally planned on celebrating the twins’ birthday in Nashville, but decided Knoxville would be just as nice.

They wanted to go swimming for their birthday this year, and since we might not be near any pools next week when their birthday arrives, we decided it best to celebrate a little early.

When we arrived in Knoxville, we took the kids to Toys R’ Us so the twins could spend their birthday money. Then we went and checked into a hotel, a special treat for all of us. (And the only way we could think of to use a pool in the middle of January.) We picked up a cake at a bakery, feasted on some waffles, and let the kids swim until they were completely water-logged. Then, after hot baths, they zoned out in front of some cartoons, something they have not done in almost five months.

We slept like kings in real beds.

And took long, long hot showers.

In the morning the kids swam a little more, then took another hot shower before we checked out of our room. Having already mapped a place to stay for the night, we parked Waldo and headed to the theater to use the gift cards we had received for Christmas. A free movie was a great way to spend the afternoon.

I think for now what we really need is to get out-of-town, something we had planned on doing anyway. We are desperately needing to have some down time, time away from cities and traffic and places to spend money. Time to relax and hike, read and run.

We had planned on heading out today, but with the freezing rain, we have decided to just stay put. Luckily, we are not on any schedule. So now we are trying to decide where to spend some time in the woods. With the Cherokee National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park just down the road, there are quite a few options. We just have to narrow it down. And remember  to be flexible, because we will most likely need to be.

But for now, we are just going to relax, drink some hot chocolate, eat some warm noodles and pet the cat, who seems to be a little hurt that we didn’t take him into the hotel with us…

And I added Tennessee to our state map. 🙂

A Great Birthday

“Birthdays are good for you.  Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.”  ~Larry Lorenzoni

I had a wonderful birthday today. Thank you so much to everyone who called to sing me Happy Birthday. It was so nice to hear from all of you. Thank you also to Rob for the Zac Brown CD. It is a great album and I will probably wear Knee Deep out by playing it so much! The hot fudge cake you made me was absolutely delicious and the cream cheese frosting made it extra special. You are too good to me. And thank you to my parents who, of all days they could have come for a visit, decided to arrive today. I always love it when you are here and I am looking forward to spending the next few days dragging you to all the best spots in and around town.

As Rob was kind enough to point out today, I will be 40 on 8-18-18. He will be 50 four days prior, so we decided that we will have a big 4-0 and 5-0 party together. It was decided that Save the Date cards should be sent out now. I would love to tell you the reason, but it is rather morbid, so we will just skip that part. Instead, keep in mind that in seven years, Rob and I will be having a party with our turtle, and we would love it if you all could join us. 

But for now, I am going to enjoy my last year in my early 30’s. Thank you again to everyone for making today so special.