Wednesday, December 26, 2007

eating fritos on christmas day


eating fritos, originally uploaded by SunnyNole.

This was taken yesterday... on Christmas Day. I was reading all about my new camera while Camden napped... and as soon as he got up, I was ready to try it out on him! (My mom and sisters were re-he-heally getting annoyed by me snapping photos of them for two hours straight... random photos of them, that were so horrible they could be used for blackmail some day...) So, once Camden got up, I started snapping photos of him... and this is him... on Christmas day... eating fritos. How sweet. Can't you just taste the salt on those little lips?

Well, we are here in Gatlinburg in our cabin. I haven't blogged about our trip, because I needed time to sit and get it all out. Yes... "it all" would mean that I have a story.

My mom, bless her heart, has been planning this trip since we returned from the mountains LAST Christmas. ...and when I say PLANNING, I mean PLANNING... the little lady is our family travel agent, complete with a little folder and email updates that read like travel commercials. So, of course, she booked some awesome little lodge for us to stay at at our "half-way" point.

...well that "awesome little lodge" turned out to be a lodge tucked away at the top of a mountain above the clouds. Yes, I mean the clouds... where it seems to be always foggy because you are IN THE CLOUDS, MAN! So, imagine, driving in the clouds (read: dense fog) in the DARK... in an unfamiliar place... well... that's just what we were doing... and we MISSED the lodge, and kept going... (we were following my dad)... So, we found what we thought was a safe place to turn around, and it ended up being NOT a safe place. My dad pulled in first, and as he tried to get his spiffy-shiny-black-city-Escalade around the corner, he somehow got stuck... we THOUGHT he was stuck, but he had actually run over a tree stump... so, the winds picked up, it had started to rain, and we were sitting at the top of a mountain where you couldn't see ten feet in front of you and my dad's Escalade had basically DIED... so...

My dad and Joe were outside trying to figure what we were going to do, my sisters both came over to my car in hysterics, so I called 911, and told them what had happened, and to see if there was anyone that could come get us because the driving conditions were just not feasable. I got disconnected from 911, we ended up leaving my mom and sisters, driving my dad back to the lodge as carefully as we could, checked in, unloaded OUR car in the lobby, and found some mountain boys with a big truck that could escort Joe and my dad back up the mountain to get my mom and sisters, and then Joe and my dad stayed with the Escalade until the tow-truck got there...

We ended up renting a car... and the Escalade is at a Cadallac dealer in Georgia getting fixed... and we continued our trip....

Since all of THIS... it has been GREAT!!!!!! Christmas Day was awesome, we all had an excellent time. We went shopping today.... and will do some more tomorrow...

Not much CREATIVE TIME lately... besides taking photos... which I'm having a lot of fun with that with my new camera.... and although I don't want the trip to end, I have an AWESOME new sewing machine to try out when I get home, too! ... so... more from our "Mountain Adventures" soon!

Hope EVERYONE is enjoying the holidays!

4 comments:

Maria said...

Glad that you got through that ordeal safely! Enjoy your new camera and sewing machine. Have fun on the rest of the trip too.

Sheena, Hannah & Hailey said...

I'm glad you got there in one piece and that you all had a great Christmas. I can't wait to see photos with your new camera!

That one photo is just adorable. He is TOO cute...

Kacy said...

Frito photo = adorable!
Beginning of trip = UGH!!!!!

I can't believe that happened to you guys! Was Camden sleeping in the backseat? Is your dad's car ok? Geeesh. Try to make it home a little bit safer, please...lol...j/k!

Karen said...

Boy Jessica, I'm glad it went up from there. Of course, this will probably be the Christmas your family will always talk about at get-togethers in the future.

I've had a little bit of an experience on the other side of the lens. We got the kids fisher price digital cameras and it's like they've turned into the stalk-erazzi! EEK!
Happy New Year.