The Sunday after Matt's wedding, my parents took my family, Lindsey's family and Julianne to Chattanooga. We had so much fun. We always do, no matter what we do. We took the Incline Railway up to Lookout Mountain. The views were gorgeous. The people that live up there are so lucky, especially the ones that have views of just the mountains, trees and river. The homes were also amazing. We went to Point Park, which is a park built to commemorate a battle fought on Lookout Mt. during the Civil War. I think it was called, "Battle Above the Clouds." A fog sets in the valley below and the mountain appears to reach out above the clouds. Anyway, the park was so pretty and had old canons at different lookout points and a huge memorial built in the center of the park.
We have about 10 different shots of this exact pose. Delaney has a different expression in every single one of them.
Lindsey and her cute fam.
Matthew was pretty sure that big black lump (garbage bag) was a soldier's armor from the olden days. He was so excited about his discovery and asked me to take a picture of it.
On the way back down.
This is in front of the Tennessee Aquarium. If you live or ever visit anywhere near it, it is a must. Such a great aquarium. They have it separated into two different buildings; one is sea and the other river. River was my favorite. It had sea horses and sea dragons (my favorite animal). Out front though it's like a big plaza with artwork, water features the kids can play in and bridges.
This is in the sea part. Everyone got to pet the sting rays. Matthew even did, which surprised me. I love Holly in this picture.
Tim got to feed the stingrays shrimp. They have the weirdest looking mouths.
I turned around and found Matthew waiting to have his picture taken. He NEVER poses, so I had to hurry and take advantage of this rare moment.
The S.C. aquarium had this same feature that you could climb into the middle of the tank. The kids wanted to go in this time.
Matthew just realized there was a giant crab in the tank. I love his smile. Sorry about my chubby finger being in the shot.
Just like the S.C. trip, we had to get in on the action. I got super panicked in the tight space, but appear to have held it together nicely. I think Lindsey and Julianne were laughing at me. Lindsey is never prettier than when she is laughing! She looks so pretty, even with gum in her mouth. And of course, Julianne does too.
Jacob loved being so close to the fish. He thought it was great.
This is one of the places the kids could play in the water. It was James' favorite part of the whole trip.
Holly is really good at ignoring you when she wants. Here she was ignoring all of us. Stone cold.
Ta-daa! That's the end of our super fun trip. Thanks Mom and Dad! We had a blast!!