April 10, 2013

Spring Break 2013

Saturday, March 30th, was the kick-off of our spring break this year.  We celebrated my dad's and niece's birthday with lunch at Outback Steakhouse and ice cream and cake (baked by yours truly) at my parent's house.

I love the whole 1980's feel of the cake due to the sugar decorations.  It wasn't my best work, but it was a great tasting cake.  It was pink lemonade cake, pink lemonade frosting between layers and sparkly hot pink vanilla frosting on the outside.  I couldn't resist a piece myself.

After the party, it was time for bowling.  Bowling is about winding down for this session and it's been fun bowling with KevBoy and Soccer Steph.  They are just the cutest and keep me entertained.  I have also discovered a love of Angry Orchard Hard Cider.  They go down way to easy - and at 220 calories - that is not a good thing.  Why does everything awesome have calories????  After bowling we enjoyed some $3.00 Bud Light Limearitas.  Love that salty/sour combo.

Easter morning was upon us and the kid's got personalized tote baskets this year.  Ashley got a new iPod Touch to replace her broken one, as well as candy, a camping journal and a fishing pole.

Colton got The Amazing Spiderman for Xbox 360, Luigi's Mansion for his 3D DS, a Star Wars game for his Wii, candy. a camping journal and a fishing pole.

After gift opening, we hit the road for our Spring Break trip to Pigeon Forge, TN.  We camped overnight in Mount Vernon, KY, before arriving in Pigeon Forge on Monday.

We stayed at the KOA on Veteran's Boulevard, which is centrally located to many of the local attractions.  The kids were in love with the basketball court and playground, which was just across the road from our lot. It was only in the 50's most of the week, but it was a good change from the freezing weather we were used to at home.  Living in a RV for the week was an adventure, but after the camper was "fixed" and momma got her heat back, life was good.

We were in walking distance to the Old Mill and took advantage of the walking track daily.  We had our first supper there and it was so good!  I had Corn Chowder, Corn Fritters, Chicken and Dumplings and Blackberry Cobbler.  Holy cow it was good!

The highlight of the trip was a visit to Parrot Mountain.

As you can see the venue is very hands-on.  We were able to feed the parrots birdseed (mixed with cat chow??), and nectar to the Australian Lorikeets.  I was so surprised how "people loving" the Lorikeets were.  It took my 5 minutes to get all of them off of me.  They would fly from person to person and land anywhere they could on you, most of the time your head! The kids though this was hilarious, I was in fear of being peed on the whole time.  It was fun and a nightmare at the same time.

I didn't take many pictures of the rest of the trip, which included a day at the NASCAR Go-Kart and Amusement Park and numerous arcades.  After all, the kids were in charge.

I'm looking forward to some more camping trips very soon!



Debbie said...

Heather- I just booked our summer vacation last week to PIGEON FORGE!! We are renting a log cabin for a week and my mom & sister are coming up from Florida.

I love the totes the kids got. What a great idea!

Angie said...

What a great Spring Break! Hubby and I are planning a trip back down to Pigeon Forge very soon! We love the Old Mill and the food. It's some of the best eating. The only place I've found much better down there is Dixie Stampede! We haven't ever been to Parrot Mountain. We may have to check it out.

Sounds like your kids are spoiled like mine when it comes to Easter Basket Goodies :)

Unknown said...

Sounds like an awesome spring break!! Love all those parrot pics, looks like you guys had a ton of fun!!