Saturday, August 2, 2014

More Cousins! More Fun!

Didn’t I tell you that June was busy!  We went out of town three times…and then had company!  But we had so much fun doing all of it!  I wouldn’t take any of it away, even if it did make the month go by entirely too quickly!

We arrived home from our Memphis trip really late on a Friday night.  Two days later, we went to Jasper for a family reunion and saw many of Jim’s relatives.  So fun!

Uncle Millard, Clay, and Tyler
Grandparents, brothers, and cousins galore!
Jim with Aunt Jayne, Cousin Josh, and little Cousin Brantley
PawPaw and Eddie
Ainsleigh with Cousin Caleb, her new best friend
Shooting off rockets for a grand finale!
After the reunion, Clay and his family headed to Knoxville to spend a few days with us.  What better way to have fun with the cousins than to all go to Dollywood!
Now, Jim and I are bad parents who had never taken our kids to Dollywood before, despite living so close, so we didn’t really know how this was going to go, especially with Ainsleigh along for the ride!  We figured by dinnertime we would all be DONE and ready to go home!
Boy, were we wrong!  We closed the place down!  We had so much fun!  The kids rode nearly everything they were tall enough to ride (except Zachary, he’s Mr. I’ll Pass on the Rollercoaster, Thank You!)  Maybe next year, we’ll get season passes!
The kids were also really sweet about spending some time on the baby rides so Ainsleigh could have some fun too.  Look how happy she is!
This picture CRACKS ME UP!  No, Jonathan is not ducking for cover or hiding in fear.  He’s literally hiding from the camera because he doesn’t want his picture taken on the baby ride!  Notice all the other boys are having a blast!  Not Jonathan.  This ride was so beneath him!
So yes, we watched the closing fireworks, didn’t get home until nearly midnight, and can’t wait to go again!  I hope every day in Disney will be as much fun!

“Hey, let’s talk our parents into taking us back to Dollywood!”

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