Thanks to MLK day it’s been a short week. Friday means time for Friday Favorites! This week’s favorites are courtesy of our short 28 hour getaway to Pigeon Forge. It was short, but we managed to really pack in the fun.
The original plan was to spend the weekend in St. Louis to celebrate Anderson turning six. Well, the ice storm caused us to change directions and we decided at the very last minute to head to Pigeon Forge, TN instead.
We arrived to a surprising 72 degrees. In January!! So much better than ice! We were ready for a day full of whatever Anderson chose!
After a quick burger for lunch (birthday boy’s choice), we hit up our first go-kart track. This car and speed loving boy LOVES go-karts. Daddy-O likes them too 🙂
Then we hit up go-kart place number two! Whee!!!
Owen got in on the fun as well. Please note that mama has not yet been included in the fun (and Q was too short, but perfectly happy to watch). Apparently there was concern that I may not be a fast enough driver.
Happy happy boys.
After two tracks, we headed over to the Smoky Mountain Alpine Coaster. Finally, mama gets a turn! This coaster far exceeded my expectations. It was so fun and very reminiscent of riding the toboggan down the Great Wall. But with more focus on safety. Ha! It was much faster and longer than expected. It looks deceivingly slow from the ground, but you really pick up speed.
At this point we were way past naptime and she just could not understand why there is not wifi on the mountain. Poor thing REALLY wanted to watch YouTube kids. (She loves the handle on this case for carrying her “pad” around.)
Next up were these two handsome fellas. Owen declared it “the best ride ever”!
After the mountain coaster we headed to Mellow Mushroom for Anderon’s favorite. Pizza! After we had a serious dance party in the parking lot.
We finally headed to our hotel for the night. We stayed at Dollywood’s DreamMore resort. It’s a new resort that reminded us a lot of some of the places we have stayed at Disney World. They have lots of fun activities including a nightly bedtime story reading, fire pits, a playground and a great pool/splash pad. The bunk beds were a definite hit with our crew. (Tip: if your kids insist on keeping a hotel room super bright and you like it dark, I LOVE these sleep masks. My love of them started during my night-shift days and I still sleep in my “diva mask” every night.)
I loved the fun orange mirror.
And I would love to find this mirror for our basement bath.
After checking in, we headed to the indoor pool. There was a large church group there, but still plenty of room to play and have fun.
Thankfully they provided life jackets because in the rush to pack at the last minute and leave, I forgot her’s at home.
In the morning we headed out for pancakes (a must if you are in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area) then went to check out the WonderWorks museum.
They loved the upside down building.
On the way in you walk thru this tunnel that feels like you are spinning. We were all SO dizzy!
This was a great place for kids of all ages. Not only were most of the activities fun for the big kids, but there were a few fun things for the littles as well.
Laying on the bed of nails was high on his priority list.
His number one request while at WonderWorks was laser tag. Apparently the Elsbury men were awesome and Shane walked away the overall winner of everyone playing.
We then headed to The Island for a late lunch at The Bag Lady (Paula Deen’s sandwich shop). The BLT was delicious.
How can you say no when this face asks for ice cream after lunch??
We took up residence in these comfy chairs to enjoy the warm weather and watch the fountains that are choreographed to music. Another dance party broke out. We love to shake our booties to some good music!
The last stop was one last go-kart place. If you’re counting, that makes three! Finally he agreed to let me ride. When we were finished (we won!) he said “Mom, why didn’t you tell me you were an awesome driver? I would have gone with you earlier.” Ha! Never underestimate a mom’s go-kart skills.
After our last race it was time to load into the van and make the long drive home. I’m not going to lie. Everyone was a bit worn out and cranky during the drive. But we had so much fun celebrating our little man. As the easy-going middle child, he doesn’t often get an entire two days to get to do all of his favorite things. We loved celebrating with him. And we learned, when life gives you an ice storm…go get pancakes.
Also, thank you so much for the nice feedback on my take of social media envy and creating your own highlight reel (here). And in case you missed it, feel free to check out #everydayelsbury2017 and What I (really) Wore from the week.
As usual I’m linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea. Until next week!
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