Horses and a Week in Gatlinburg, Tennesse

The last couple weeks have been kind of out of our ordinary schedule. First of all, we made the trip back to Blacksburg, Virgina {about a four hour drive from our house} to see the horse, Theo, that Laura was considering. This is the horse we went to see the Monday after Thanksgiving and she ended up falling and breaking her arm really bad.

We had decided not to purchase the horse at the time, but over the last few months as she’s had a lot of time to think, she kept watching the videos I had taken of her ride before the fall and she couldn’t stop thinking about that horse!

A couple weeks ago she comes to me and says, “Mom, I’ve been praying and praying about it and I just keep coming back to Theo.”

How could I argue with that? So we made another appointment and took her to see Theo again even though she’s still in a sling and can’t ride for a couple more months.

We’ll be picking him up at the end of this week sometime. Laura’s so excited! He’s a beautiful horse, very sweet, and pretty laid back. I’ll share more about him when we finally get him.

I had thought we would get back to a more normal routine in January, but I forgot we had our annual minister’s meetings this week in Gatlinburg, Tennessee so we ended up staying there Monday – Friday of this past week.

I have to say, if nothing else it was relaxing! We dropped off our puppy, Annie at Hannah’s coach’s house and he watched her for the week. And we stayed in a hotel with a kitchenette so we were able to eat a lot of our meals in the hotel room. We did go out to eat a few times, but I mostly prepared some simple meals in the room which was nice because that meant we could relax and not go anywhere!

On Tuesday, the pastor’s wives went to this fantastic little shop in Gatlinburg called The Spinnery. I took Hannah and Laura with me and we enjoyed watching the artists demonstrate different yarn arts.

It was really fun! I was gifted a $50.00 gift card and I ended up purchasing a small hook rug “mug rug” or coaster to make {it’ll look like that little square sheep one above}, as well as two tins of lotion bars, a handmade rug, and a little sheep figurine for my printer’s box.

The girls and I went to the outlet mall in Pigeon Forge one afternoon. We love Levi jeans and Laura needed new jeans really bad, so we went to Levi outlet store. We each got two pairs of jeans for about $22.00 each!

We also went to the Guiness Book of World Records attraction. That was a lot of fun. The girls and I competed on different world records and it was just a lot of fun and lots of laughs.

Also, we took this photo of Laura which cracked me up since she has a broken arm:

It was a fun week!