Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ellijay 2010

For Thanksgiving this year my mom decided she wanted to go to the mountains, and she wanted all of us to come. This included me, derek, and our 2 kids, my stepbrother David, his wife Ashley, and their 2 boys (age 3 and 1) and my stepsister Betsy...needless to say it was a full house! We were missing my other stepbrother and his wife and 3 boys. So if we go back next year i am requesting 2 houses:)
It really was a great trip. Beckett and Samuel had a blast together. Derek and I also took our little fam of 4 to do some hiking at the Ocoee River State Park. Derek and I have both rafted the Ocoee, but it has been years ago for me, so i was excited to visit again. It really is such a beautiful area. I have a feeling this will not be the first "hiking" adventure we take as a family:)
Our cabin was in Ellijay, GA. They have a small town square and a few shops. It is a very quaint little area-i felt like I was in the movie Funny Farm most of the time! About a 20min drive from there is Blue Ridge, GA which is much bigger with more shops and resturants. There we took the kids on the train ride through the mountains with Santa. They of course loved it!
Lilla did fantastic on the whole trip. I was so very relieved. She spent most of the days in the Moby Wrap, so she was content. The car ride was close to 10 hours including all the stops, so it was asking a lot and they both did great!! Thanks in no small part to whoever invented portable DVD players!
Lilla and Mommy chillin at the general store in Blue Ridge
Our Cabin in Ellijay
Riding the Blue Ridge Express Railway with Santa!

The Ocoee River

He was having a blast hiking!
Lilla all bundled up in the Moby Wrap