This weekend we had no plans. More often than not, that's how most of our weekends are. Once you have 3 kids in a year, I guess you stop getting invited most places. We've learned to accept that and roll with it. After such a crazy week last weekend in San Francisco and Napa, we needed a nice chill weekend.
My original obgyn, before I started getting pregnant with crazy high risk twins, is Craig Myers. He's a strong Christian man and a brilliant physician. We love him. He and his wife just opened a new place called Backroads Market & Designs that we couldn't wait to check out this weekend. If you're familiar with Knoxville, it's behind where Earth Traverse used to be on Sutherland, across from River Sports. It's a great store with unique gifts, handmade and antique furniture (they can make you just about anything you dream up), lighting, flowers, and even a coffee shop! Definitely swing by this little gem if you get a chance!
Cal is always looking for something to do outside of our normal routine because he's so bored with Knoxville. He never did the whole I'm over 18 and moving away for a while thing. I have. I moved to Telluride, CO for a little while and actually never missed Knoxville. But definitely missed the people I love here. So we always spend most of the weekends arguing over where we would or wouldn't move to, while Cal looks at Zillow to show me what houses we could have in other cities. It's hard because we want two different things. Ideally I want property with a large city, mountains, and beach close by. Not too much to ask right?! Haha. Cal wants to live in a major city downtown. He wants to walk to everything he does. It's great in theory and all but I like driving to grocery shop...it's hard enough with 3 kids and I certainly don't want to haul groceries too. Get real KAL. I call him cal with a K when he's being ridiculous... like a Kardashian or we call him Karmichael (Carmichael is his middle name.)
So! Kal wanted something outside our normal routine and I delivered. I drug his ass to The Island in Pigeon Firge and we ate at Margaritaville. The place is cheesy as hell but the kids loved it. For $72 at lunch, they better have loved it. About halfway through lunch some sort of sirens went off, the lights started flashing and it seemed like everyone but us knew what was happening. Margaritaville was about to come on. Suddenly a giant blender started filling up with water that pour out of pipes in the ceiling, the whole place broke out into song like some sort of musical, and kids walked around with giant salt shakers pretending to pour salt in everyone's drinks. I was literally crying laughing. The whole rest of the day the kids would randomly yell "Salt! Salt! Salt!"
We left the island to head to the mountains via wears valley road. Right before we're about to turn into Metcalf Bottoms I see a sign for $6 Brahman bull rides. Duh. Of course we have to stop for that. Simms swore up and down that he'd ride the bull. After petting all the goats in this random parking lot, he told me he was ready to ride. They told him to pick a cowboy hat, which he happily did. Then i found out they refused to let me take my own photos. They told me they did their own photography and printing. Y'all they had a printer and camera that possibly came over on the ark but I was game! I threw Simms up on the bull in his pink cowgirl hat he picked out and he LOST HIS SHIT. I mean the biggest freak out you can ever imagine. The bull slightly rocked back to get ready for the ride and Simms acted like someone was sawing his legs off. I got him off and offered the babies a ride, both said "no bull!" Simms had totally freaked them out. I had paid for this damn ride and photo and someone was going to do it. I hopped up and Simms picked out a hat for me. I grabbed Ellis long enough to take the photo then did my loop around the gravel parking lot. I thought I had completely wasted my money until I got this photo. Like have you ever seen anything better?!
We left and hit the river up. We must've just missed a giant storm because the river was completely blown out and looked like chocolate milk. Cal said "you can't fish that Hannah. It's blown out!" I told him I'd catch one on an ant. Always fish an ant in those conditions because the ants have just gotten washed out of their homes and into the river. DUH! Third cast in with my ant and a rainbow took it. Simms started yelling for cal to come see. Kal was shocked that i was right.
The rest of the day we spent with the kids chilling in diapers at home. And by chilling, I mean cal and I chasing them up and down the stairs. Seems to be a theme of summer over here. We LOVE our parasol diapers and can't imagine using anything but them now. I did a little blog a while back about why I love them so much more than honest right here if you'd like to see! They do have free trials but if you'd like a parasol diapers promo code to order some, you can get $20 off with code TOUCHOFGRAY ! I have no doubt you'll love them as much as we do.
it was a great weekend! we didn't manage to squeeze in our weekly grocery store trip, which i now will have to do this week with the kids (huge eye roll) but the good news is i can DRIVE there :) silver lining. or maybe this can be the week that i finally try kroger's click list! xoxo-hannah