Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Chattanooga, TN

We were talking about what to do for Memorial Day weekend and since most of our little trips are planned around the races Travis wants to run, we decided to go to Chattanooga so he could run a trail marathon. It just so happens that my friend Shannon and her family were planning a trip there as well, so it worked out great. We met up there and stayed at the same hotel. Our rooms were next to each other too so it made things super easy with the kids. It was a very fun weekend!

Travis coming over the finish line at his race.

Lily ran up to meet him to give him a big hug.

Travis turning in his chip....

Here is Noah hanging out with his Dad at the end. We were all very proud of Travis. He said the race was great, very hilly and challenging. Later we checked him for ticks and found at least 5.... oh the joys of trail running.

This is our family and the Harris family as we were about to begin our tour of Ruby Falls. Here we are all fresh and ready to start the tour. So, we get on the elevator and go down 260 feet to start the tour. Little did we know we chose to go on the 2nd busiest day of the year and it was going to be a long way to the falls.

Shannon and Jon

Reese, Noah and Rielly

There were so many fascinating and beautiful things to see.

Most of the time Travis and I juggled Lily and Katy because they both wanted to be carried. Lily still wants to be the baby and she is not afraid to let us know that.

Mommy and baby Lily

A view overhead...

It was exciting to get to the falls at the end and it was so worth it!

This is our family in front of the falls. They were so beautiful that Lily couldn't take her eyes off of them.

After being underground for so long during the tour it was so nice to get outside into the fresh air. This is Travis and Katy looking at a little waterfall and some fish.

Mommy and Katy

Katy trying to climb the fence to look at the fish again.

This is the view from the tower at Ruby Falls.

This is the pool from our balcony.

The water in the pool was pretty chilly but Katy loved it anyway. She was fearless about getting into the pool and kept us busy running after her.

This is Travis teaching Lily how to swim. She made some great progress in just a couple of days. She went from being scared and staying by the pool steps to being able to be in a floaty by herself and taking it off and letting Travis guide her in the water.

Thank goodness Jon brought his Wii because it kept the kids happy when there was down time.

We went to a Chinese buffet for dinner one night. This is my attempt at serving myself some delicious soft serve ice cream. I definitely need more practice on my ice cream serving skills.

The last night we took all the kids to Chuck E. Cheeses so they could get some extra energy out and so that Jon and Shannon could have a little time alone.

The kids enjoyed the pizza and blew through 100 tokens in no time!

1 comment:

Julie said...

The tour of the underground falls looked amazing! I can't wait to do some traveling in the US for a change!