There were also some really creepy creatures in the aquarium that I have put into a collection that I call "NOPE". Please enjoy.
After we played at the aquarium we hit the streets to find somewhere to eat a late lunch! As it turns out Gatlinburg is home to a ton of pancake houses. Who knew? We ended up at one which made Evie a happy camper since she essentially got syrup covered cake (with m-n-ms I might add).
After a quick stop at a candy shop we walked back to the car and headed back to Pigeon Forge. In Pigeon Forge we stopped at this crazy insane Christmas store. It was HUGE! I got Chris a new ornament. It is a nutcracker dressed in VOLS gear and colors, plus some photo ornaments for the girls. Then we spent a few minutes at the outlet mall before heading back to Knoxville.
After one last dinner with Tricia we headed to be sorry to be leaving the next morning.
It was, of course, raining the next morning so we hit the road damp and ready to be back in the Memphis area as quickly as possible. We made good time and stopped at Demos' for lunch and spent about an hour in the Lebanon outlet mall as well. The highlight of the trip home for me was some random lady asking to hold Emma in a gas station bathroom. Granted I was trying to get her diaper bag zipped after changing her, but still, no. Who asks that?
We had such a fantastic time on this trip. Evie has been completely obsessed with the "GO VOLS" ever since, talks about Smokey and going back to a football game all the time. It was fantastic to spend some time with Tricia and we've been missing her since we left. Hopefully we will get to go back next year and experience it all through toddler (eeep!) eyes!
Thanks for reading along and waiting forever for me to finish!