Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Weekend in the Smokies

We got back from Chicago on Monday and on Saturday we headed up to the Smoky Mountains. We don't waste any time. Kelly, Ryan and Abbott came over for Ryan's birthday so we got a "cabin" condo by the river and had a fun weekend together. We went to Dollywood, did a little shopping, a little eating and a lot of relaxing. It was a great weekend. The fall leaves are almost at their peak and they were beautiful. I am ready for the cool weather!

Dad & his girls.

Jacey had a blast at Dollywood.

Jacey fell asleep before the train ride so Jarred stayed behind so we wouldn't disturb her getting her on the train.

Jack was very excited about the train ride.

Klondike Katie, a real coal engine.

Two cute birds and some owls.

The beauty of the wooden roller coaster at sunset.

Kelly & Abbott in the "race cars", as Jack called them. It's a 50's themed ride and the cars go "fast" enough that even Abbott can drive. The boys loved this ride!

And so did Moma Jo!

Sunrise in the Smokies.

Just a hint of fall color.

Jack with the big turtle outside the condo.

Super cute boys.
Jacey was asleep. :(

picking up sticks for our firepit.

Ryan on the balcony.

Kelly & the boys scaling a huge rock.

Jacey's exploring the grass.

Sweet girl! :)

Best I could get.


Celebrating Halloween with an insanely sweet frosted pumpkin cookie.

Hmmmm, you think I'll be bouncing off the walls later? YEP!
Bring on chilly weather, chili and the Holidays!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Chicago Days 3 & 4

Sorry for the delay, I had to take a break and go to the Smoky Mountains. Those pictures will be posted later. Our last 2 days in Chicago, we went to Wrigley field, Navy Pier, The Museum of Science and Industry, The Second City and ate a lot of really good food!

The last tour of Wrigley Field was the Saturday before we were there. I guess we'll have to go back & actually see a game here.

There are apartments for rent across the street on 2 sides of the stadium. They have bleacher seats at the top and although they were closed, we guessed that you could rent it out for the weekend or during games.

We ate lunch at Cemita's Puebla, which was featured on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. Let me tell you, it was a Dive! I think we were all getting a little worried about eating here the further outside of town we got. The food, however, was delicious! I would definitely go back again. If fact, we kept saying we were just going to keep going back and eating there, and we were only partially kidding! If you ever go to Chicago, you definitely need to try it.

This is the little man that owns it. He was so proud that he was on the show and I think it makes his day whenever anyone comes in who's seen it. He made sure we got the things featured on the show and told us whenever we came back to Chicago, we always had a home at Cemita's Puebla!

Here's the outside. It really looks like the places I went when I was in Puebla, Mexico. The owner is from Puebla so now we're old friends! I'm pretty sure I would not have chosen this place if it hadn't been on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.

Our next stop was an ice cream shop. (I told you we ate a lot!) It was closed until 2 so we had a little time to kill. We found a fun vintage clothing store and soon found lots of "cool" outfits to try on. We were having a great time until the owner asked us to leave. He was mad because we were just having fun and didn't plan to buy anything. Puh Puh.

Kent looking suave. I was picking out Jarred's outfit when we were asked to leave. Jarred is very upset he didn't get to try anything on.

We were getting ready for a group picture with the city behind us. Jarred snapped this as he was getting it all set up and I thought it turned out pretty neat.

Group photo at Navy Pier.

Dixie & I look good in Chicago. :)

The Navy Pier ferris wheel.

The city from the ferris wheel.

Looking back at Navy Pier.

Me & Jarred high above Chicago.

Jarred got artsy with the Sears Tower.

This is the German Sub U-505. It is a real submarine and was captured by the US in WWII. We toured it and got to see how 59 smelly Germans lived for about 100 days in a small cramped sub. I think this was one of my favorite exhibits. It was impressive to be inside and hear the "attack" and know that there were a bunch of Germans aboard who wanted to kill us but didn't.

We also toured the Jim Henson exhibit. It was so fun to see all the puppets and different characters he'd created. This is Rolf.

Awww, Miss Piggy.

Bert & Ernie

Group picture at Second City. The show was so funny. This was another place I'd definitely go back to. We had a great time in Chicago. I really hope I get to go back again someday.