Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Gatlinburg swimming with bears

I'm Josh and I actually joked multiple times that we could have rented a hotel room somewhere with an indoor pool in Birmingham and our kids would have had almost as much fun.  After a fun day, we spent every night swimming in the pool and the kids loved it.  There were also 2 hot tubs that Josh and I loved.  Once they realized the hot water could feel good, both Isabel and Will loved them too.

One day when we were swimming, a man who worked at the hotel came and asked us if we wanted to see a mama bear and her cub.  Of course we ran outside and saw two bears not far from us.  It was fun but a little crazy that they were so close and not at all afraid of us.

Gatlinburg Aquarium

One of the highlights of the trip was the morning spent at the aquarium.  There was so much to see and we loved all of it.

Will was a big fan of the sharks!

Touching jellyfish was pretty cool

We loved watching the penguins

Since Grams gave them souvenir money, Isabel and Will got to pick out something in the gift shop.  No one was surprised that Will picked out this shark

No one was surprised that Isabel chose the penguin either

Gatlingburg mini golf

Will's favorite part of the trip by far was playing mini golf. We started the trip with a round of golf and then decided to play again before we left because he just loved it so much.  Both he and Isabel have definitely improved their skills over the past few years.  It was so much fun!

fishing Isabel's ball out of the water

On our way out of town we stopped to play indoor black light mini golf and do a mirror maze that the kids were super excited about

Will got a hole in one on the 18th hole!!

The mirror maze was a lot of fun.  Unfortunately our kids are too smart and figured it out really quickly.  It did not take us very long to get through it!

we did stop to play for a while

Spring Break in Gatlinburg

This year we decided to go to Gatlinburg for Spring Break.  We had such a great week.  The weather was perfect.  We played mini golf twice, shopped, went to the aquarium, spent every night in the hotel pool and so much more.  It was nice to have a few days away from school and work to just spend as a family.

Watching taffy being made is a favorite Gatlinburg activity

Our meal at Pancake Pantry was everyone's favorite