We have never been on a summer vacation as a family. Normally, we go visit James’ family in November and consider that our vacation. This year we decided to take an actual vacation and while it did involve visiting family we were able to visit a few other fun places. We went to the beautiful state of Tennessee for our vacation with fun stops at the Memphis Zoo and Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.
The girls and I enjoyed picking fresh vegetables and fruit from Lala’s (James’ mom) garden. The girls especially. I would put Pie down by a blueberry bush and she would sit, pick, and eat until she was full! Cakey did the same but she also enjoyed roaming around the garden. At least twice a day Cakey would ask to go pick berries!
Our visit coincided with one branch of the family being on leave from Indonesia (they only come home every 2 years). I was surprised at how fast and well the girls got along with their cousins. Cakey met them when she was 6 months old and Pie had never met them. The boys are much older than the girls but with the way they were playing you would have never know it.
On Sunday night James and I along with his parents and sisters, watched the stars come out. It was a wonderful and marvelous sight! It never ceases to amaze me the wonders of God’s beauty. PopPop, James’ dad, set the telescope up on Sunday night and we were able to see Mars! On Monday night, PopPop set the telescope up again so the kids could see the planets this time. We were able to see Saturn with all it’s rings and all the craters on the moon. Cakey did not quite understand the concept of looking through a telescope but she did understand chasing fireflies!
On Wednesday we loaded up and headed out to the Memphis Zoo. It was so much fun! The Memphis Zoo is pretty large when compared to our local zoo. We got to enjoy spending time with Lala as well as the family on leave while seeing more of God’s wondrous creations. The zoo also had a splash area which the kids enjoyed.
We had dinner at a fun little pizza shop called Pyros. They specialize in build your own pizzas and even offer gluten free crusts! The shop was pretty cool and the pizzas were yummy!
Thursday we said goodbye to the families and headed out for Chattanooga. This part of the trip was our own mini family vacation with just us. It was the girls’ first hotel stay too. Friday we headed over to the Tennessee Aquarium. Wow! So amazing! Pie loved the aquarium. She actually cried when we pulled her away from an exhibit but would stop as soon as we arrived at the next one. That girl loves her fish! I really enjoyed how it was set up in two separate buildings with ocean life in one and river life in another.
After visiting the ocean building we took a lunch break and enjoyed a little sight-seeing of downtown Chattanooga. It’s a really nice, beautiful city. After visiting the river building we played in the Trail of Tears splash pool. Another truly beautiful sight! Needless to say we all loved Chattanooga and we have even been entertaining the idea of moving there, maybe.
All and all we had a wonderful family vacation, even if some of our trips took waaaaay longer than GPS said they would! Tennessee in the summer is beautiful! Plus spending time with distance family was edifying.
Are you planning on taking a summer family vacation? Where are you headed?
Have a blessed day!
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