Weekend Recap May 26, 27 and 28

I know that Baby C is still a bit too young to understand the whole ‘experience as a gift’ thing but we really like that philosophy here in this house. While he might not remember exactly, we wanted to get that started early! We booked tickets for a ride on Thomas the Train (our little dude is quite the ‘choo choo’ lover) when he was visiting the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad. We drove up on Saturday morning, had a blast riding Thomas, seeing all the other train related activities.

We were meeting friends from lunch and had an hour to kill so we popped literally around the corner to the Cuyahoga National Park Visitors Center and took a look around, saw the river (C had a really hard time not jumping into the Cuyahoga) and picked up our traditional National Park coffee cup. We had a lovely BBQ lunch and then headed back south. Our overtired dude did not nap well in the car and since he is up we stopped at the new outlet mall on our way home. I forgot it was Memorial Day weekend and it was so busy so we didn’t stay too long.

Sunday we kept it low key and cooked out at home. Monday was a pool day and cook out at my parents house. C loves the water so much and it’s so much fun to see him get more and more confident in the pool.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

We had the best last vacation before baby! [I’ve since heard baby moon used to describe the time where you cocoon as a family once baby arrives and I find that concept very sweet!) It was really important to me that we took some time away from the busyness and prep to connect and relax.

We headed down Great Smoky Mountains National Park for several days. We stayed in a cabin in Pigeon Forge, rather than camping in the park. We did a great mix of hiking every day, hanging out at the cabin, and exploring the area. We hit up Chimmey Tops, Cade’s Cove, Clingman’s Dome and several ‘quiet walkways’ which are trails that are much less maintained than other named trails. Here are a few of my favorite snaps from the trip!

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