This is the view from our cabin...(the clouds are masking the higher peaks)
We literally stayed at the tip-top of the mountain...
we were completely secluded and it was SO peaceful!
We stayed in a beautiful 3-story cabin
(can you see Samuel's little face peeking through the stair rails?)
You may wonder where 13 people sleep in a 3 bedroom cabin...well, you get creative :)
Ryan and I's room-(lowest level)
Sarah and Chad's room (main floor)
Liberty slept in the laundry room-(lowest level)
Some boys slept on the couch downstairs-(lowest level)
The other kids bedroom-(top floor)
Samuel slept in the game room-(lowest level)
Esther slept in Sarah and Chad's huge bathroom, Truett slept in their room...and it never felt cramped...just super cozy!
And while they slept, we played cards...Every.Single.Night. It was SOOOO fun!!!
My brother-in-law is one of the funniest guys I have ever known! We laughed so hard...to the point of tears, to the point of peanut M&M's coming up my nose...you get the point :)
But we also had some really good, meaningful conversation: homeschooling, parenting, death, the love of money...and so much more!
Pool table in the game room
(the dad's loved this!)
I didn't get pictures of the other activities, like tubing in the river, but I did get some shots of the gang hiking just outside our cabin...
It was really steep and really far down...
Sarah, the two babies, El and I watched from the balcony...
We also watched a lot of movies...
While the girls did alot of chasing/hugging
To some, mealtime with 9 kids would be stressful...but for my sister and I it wasn't too different from our everyday lives :)
We planned ahead and made CrockPot meals (Cheesy Chicken with Rice, Roast, Chicken Soup over Mashed Potatoes...yum! We all pigged out!)
The crew (minus the 2 babies, Sarah and I)
This night we had spahetti!
One evening after dinner, my sister and her hubby went into town. At 8:30pm I got my neice and nephews (the oldest 3) out of bed and gave them icecream...I mean, how could I possibly be a good aunt and NOT do this???
Huddy Buddy said, "Whoa, we better not tell mom how much you gave us!"
It was just a fantastic week! One of the best in our lives! Thankfully, our 2 families get along SO well and our kids love each other! The ONLY thing that would have made this trip better was if our whole family could have come!...Maybe next time!!!
Last blog post: The Beginning of Our Vacation...Part 1
Next blog post: The conferenceThen: Out and About in the City ~A CRAZY, Busy, Fun day!
Then: A Breath-taking Smokey Mountain Hike
Then: The Creation Museum
And finally: The Saddest Day--Heading Home (and another hotel adventure!)