Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gatlinburg 2011

We spent spring break this year with two wonderful families.  We went to Gatlinburg and rented a huge cabin with the Chile's and Adams' families.  These are our neighbors and friends.  This year, in particular, I was feeling very stressed with work and life in general, so this was a break that I really needed.  We have never vacationed with friends like this before, so I was a little nervous about how it would go, but I needn't have been because we all had a great time!  It was fun to have different personalities with us because it stretched us to do things (like hiking) that would never make the Berry list of things to do on vacation.  The other benefit is that we never heard the kids say, "I'm bored!"  With all of their friends along, they had plenty of opportunities for fun and there was always someone who wanted to jump in the hot tub, shoot some hoops, watch a movie, or play a game.  It was just an all around good time!
 This is a picture of all three families on the morning before our first hike and I think it is the only picture of the entire group that I took.  Along with the three families, the two oldest girls each brought along a friend, so we had two more fun young ladies!  It was just a great time...and as you can see the group is mostly in shorts...the weather was wonderful!  We made it into the high seventies on two of the days that we were there, and that only helps to brighten our spirits.  More pics to come!