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. 🙂