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A little recap and a few final photos of the grandgirls

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Well, we survived...

An early trip from the airport and breakfast at McDonald's....
McDonalds breakfast after an early morning flight from Philly to Nashville

Then it was on to Pigeon Forge and WonderWorks....


Followed by a day at Dollywood....


The #2Doods enjoyed their visit although Cooper took several days to get used to the young'uns, Murphy was a different story....
Murphy and Jesse

A trip to the Dollar Store for candy and this....

Several games of Clue and Monopoly were played, books were colored in and jigsaw puzzles were assembled....


A dinner at Pizza Hut....
Pizza Hut Shenanigans!

A trip to the movies to see "Transylvania 3"....

And ended with another early morning trip to the airport....and a tryout of the massage chairs....


Maybe this time next year again? Who knows....



Ciao for now!

Day 2 - More Relaxing (?) in Pigeon Forge with the grandgirls

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Dollywood didn't open until ten so we took our time getting up and eating breakfast. The hotel had a great free breakfast and were very good about keeping everything filled. We ate, checked out and drove the 6 miles to Dollywood, arriving just at opening time.



Had to take the requisite "sign" photo...


Then, after a little discussion, it was off to the rides roller coasters!


I took photos of scenery while they rode and that's pretty much how the day went. Here is a smattering of pictures, you can see the whole album on SmugMug. (Hard to get good ride photos...LOL)









































CLICK HERE for a short video of this ride!





..and here I was!


...and on the way home, here they were!




A good time was had by all!

Ciao for now!

Day 1 - Relaxing (?) in Pigeon Forge with the grandgirls

Stu got up REALLY early on Wednesday and headed to Nashville airport to pick up our grandgirls, Olivia and Jesse, at 7:15am. The #2Doods were already at doggy camp and I was busy with cleaning and laundry in prep for the visit. Once here, we relaxed a bit, played board games and did jigsaw puzzles. Everyone crashed early after their early morning start.

Our initial plans were to head to Dollywood early Thursday, spend the night, have breakfast at Mel's Diner and head back to pick up the #2Doods before closing time at 6pm. Fortunately, Stu had downloaded the Dollywood app and discovered this was the first Thursday Dollywood would be closed, starting their Tues/Thurs closing schedule earlier than we anticipated.

Time to punt. Since it was after closing at doggy camp, we sent them a message letting them know our plans were changing and we'd pick the pups up Saturday morning. We headed out to Pigeon Forge around 9:30ish, stopped for lunch at Mel's Diner.






From there, we were off to WonderWorks for the afternoon. We easily spent several hours there, the girls were never bored and even Daddoo had fun doing the rock climb and the astronaut ride. You can see ALL the photos in our SmugMug album.




























We ended in the arcade where the girls played a few games and turned in their points for some candy. Here's some pics of Livie sucking on a sour ball!


After that we planned to have dinner at Denny's. That wasn't to be, the first one listed in the GPS didn't exist and the second one was closed for remodeling. We found a Texas Roadhouse and the girls were entertained by a balloon maker. Livie asked for a flower and Jesse wanted a monkey. The monkey's banana was an added touch. Oh, and the girls chose all the colors.








The restaurant turned out to be next door to our hotel, the Best Western Toni Inn. Time in the pool was enjoyed before calling it a night. Big day at Dollywood tomorrow!




Ciao for now!

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