Since I have already been scolded that no blog is up yet, I will try to hurry to do it ... but of course, Helen already beat me to it with her blog. I hope I can do it half as well.
Here is her account of it!
It was a wonderful fun-filled time. But one thing at a time.
Tuesday October 23
But look at the lovely autumn colors! James took this photo.
We took this photo and texted it to Helen and Sarah so they would have the directions too.
Here is a video!
Wednesday October 24
Here is a video!
The girls knew the playground very well. When they had left William had it for just a little while to himself and really used it all.
Thursday October 25
Friday October 26
Helen, Sarah, William and I went through Gatlinburg to a Smoky Mountain Park Center to go on a ranger guided hike which really was more like a stroll but very nice and very interesting. William was as good as gold.
This and the next three were taken by Sarah.
More pre-lunch food. There used to be 8 wild plum mini muffins ... but most were gone before I could take the picture. They were served with wild plum jam.
It was a very nice place. The four of us really enjoyed it. And I had the feeling the guests around us really enjoyed William.
And he even took pictures of the flora.
So did Wade. And Ben later too.
A certificate to get wine-of-the-month for a year and loads of different things to go with his new wine storage from me. They also prepared a picture frame with a "homemade" poem and a cut-out in the mat for a group photo which will be taken tomorrow.
Needless to say, James was very happy and touched.
William is fascinated ...
... and supervising the cake-cutting.
Hip, hip, hip, hurray! The Burr-way
This evening Wade and Ben grilled.
Saturday October 27
Sarah took this picture, got herself into it and her father playing with his ball. Can you see it? Interesting!
But Wade was done.
Later she also told us to make faces ... but I spare you to look at those, ha-ha.
We decided on the "Fox and Parrot Tavern", billed as an authentic British pub.
This is my bubble and squeak. Really? It was tasty though and we all had good laughs.
Freibier gibt's morgen
(free beer tomorrow)
And tomorrow morning we have to pack and drive home in different directions. Sigh. James and I are very grateful and happy that our children like to spend time with us. We had a wonderful time, even if there had to be some bugs to be worked out.
The END. (not quite)
While we were in Gatlinburg we kept hearing about Sandy, the hurricane approaching the East Coast. While James and I were driving home we overtook several convoys of utility trucks from different states (Texas, Alabama, Tennessee) getting ready to help out during and after Sandy. I am happy to report that we and the Wallers were spared. We got a lot of rain but that's it. Our hearts go out to all those not so fortunate.