Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Break 2017: Chattanooga Part Two

On Sunday morning, since it was so cold and we couldn’t bear the thought of being outside too long, we headed to the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Thank goodness the sun came out though! HG has experienced a plane, subway, trolley, bus, boat, taxi, monorail, and pedicab, but she’s never been on a true train. So we sought out to cross that one off the list. (Still need a ferry and helicopter) Stepping into the train station was like a step back in time. We grabbed some lunch and hopped on board. As we got started, the conductor came through to punch our tickets, and we started shoving food at Cressey. Before we knew it (and the rest of us were able to finish our food), we made it to the end of the line and got out to see them rotate the engine on a turn table. We passed the steam engine just as they let the steam out, and Cressey was NOT HAPPY. As they turned it, they blew the whistle again, but at least this time Sissy was ready and was holding her hand. Needless to say, we got back on the train as soon as it was done! We loved it overall though and highly recommend the experience.

Once we got Cress down for a nap, HG and I headed out to meet the Eldreds, Wrens, and Carters (who also happened to be in Chattanooga for spring break!!!) at the Incline Railway. We took the incline up the side of Lookout Mountain, explored a little, waited what felt like an hour to come back down, and then enjoyed some much needed ice cream. Whew! We met up with Meredith and Matthew for delicious burgers at Urban Stack for dinner before calling it a night. (HG found a 901 rock in the bushes there and was SO excited!)

The next morning, after a TERRIBLE night of no sleep for Cressey, we hit the road and stopped for lunch and fun in Huntsville at the US Space & Rocket Center. We had a big time checking out all the rockets and spaceships, but soon enough, we were all exhausted and ready for home. Cressey took a good nap on the second half of the trip, and we all slept like rocks in our own beds that night!

I had to document this moment. HG loves her iPad for Minecraft, and she let Cress touch it and play around a bit. Wow!

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A train!!

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11 months old

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Such a sweet and helpful big sister

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Andrew, Emory, Elliot, Rowan, HG, and Lawson (and 4 mamas, two of which are extremely pregnant). I’m tired just thinking of the herding that took place. But living between Memphis, Nashville, Olive Branch, and Brandon, we are extremely thankful for the time we get to spend together and watching our kiddos play.

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Space Museum

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HG is a little bitty dot under the rocket.

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HG was so cute and wanted Cressey to go down the slide on her lap.

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Blue didn’t let HG out of his sight that night.

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