after our week in asheville, we moved on down the road to a little place just outside great smoky mountain national park. it was super cold and kind of not near much of anything else, so outside of our adventure to the park, we laid low mostly.
firstly, we put up our christmas tree. i didn’t want to have to move it several times, so i carefully planned that if i put it up at this site, we would only have to move it once before christmas. it only lasted a day or so here, because winds and rains necessitated putting it in the car.
proud junior ranger. (in case you are wondering, isaac has zero desire to participate, even though he gets dragged along while we help anna complete her stuff and it was be super easy for him just to go along with it.)
sadly, much of the park was closed for the season, so we couldn’t hit some of the hot spots, but we drove around a bit and happened upon this cool beaver dam. the kids were pretty impressed and maybe learned something.
the rest of the week was pretty low key. the weather was blah and so cold, so we just kept snuggled in our newly purchased electric blankets.
we took full advantage of the extra space in the clubhouse. on one day, anna and i rolled over with all of my sewing supplies in tow, so she could make some pajama bottoms, for her first machine sewing adventure.
then some craziness went down. my mom called to tell me that my grandpa had somewhat unexpectedly passed away. he had gone to the hospital a few days earlier, but everyone had expected him to make a full recovery. anyhow, our plans to go to chattanooga for christmas were canceled and the kids and i loaded up to head to good old batavia new york for the services.
since we couldn’t leave the camper in storage where we were, without massive efforts to winterize it, derek drove it way way way south to jacksonville florida, and flew up to meet us in ny for christmas… but that’s another post for another day.