Long Lost Blogger Returns

We are back home, settled in again, and Jason has gone back to full days at work. I am back to my job as his wife and homemaker, and I think we are finally used to "normal" life again. We had a wonderful 2 week leave. We spent 7 days in Gatlinburg, TN and a week at home spending time with family. Now we are gearing up for the ball (that is in 18 days!), Thanksgiving back home with our families, and my sister-in-law's (Jason's step-sister) wedding on December 2nd.

As you can probably see, our vacation was WONDERFUL, a much needed getaway, we enjoyed cool weather all week. We went to Dollywood, Ober Gatlinburg, several Ripley's attractions, walked downtown Gatlinburg almost every night, enjoyed the beautiful rivers, mountains, and forests, did some outlet shopping (I found my ball jewelry and Jason got me a Carolina Panthers jersey...Steve Smith, number 89 baby, lol), went to the Nascar Speedpark, horseback riding through the mountains, and enjoyed some absolutely delicious food. We also enjoyed rest and relaxation time in our cabin. We had a fireplace that we used every night, and a hot tub on the deck that was perfect for the chilly evenings. Since we had a full service kitchen, I made a romantic dinner for our second night, chicken fettucine alfredo with sparkling cider...yum.

Nearing the end of our vacation, my sweetie accidentally dropped my camera and it shattered the insides. Now as a scrapbooker and a blogger, I got a little teary...Jason was determined to get me a new one right then and there. I wanted to wait until we got home and just get by with disposables. But Jason is a bit hard headed and he got me a new one that day. He got me the upgraded version of my old one and to top it off, they now have it in pink! I love it, and it takes the same battery and memory card as my old one.

Well, just a little update on what we've been doing and where I've been. I need to go get ready for this evening and find some old clothes that I don't mind being "slimed" in. We are going to a haunted trail on base tonight with some friends, and the flyer said that "humans WILL be slimed", lol. I will be by to visit everyone over the next couple of days. Have a blessed week!

Oh...I just have to share one more picture...this is one I took of Jason and Austin the first day Austin saw Jason, it was like he never left. He missed his uncle, and held his hand and was grinning from ear to ear the whole car ride...PRECIOUS!


Karen said...

Yay! You're back!! See ya in a few! Love ya,

Tammy said...

Oh, I don't have bloglines and just happened to check up on you...right when you're back!

I loved reading this update...it sounds like you had such wonderful honeymoon time for you and Jason!


Anonymous said...

Welcome back. I have to admit though that I was *glad* you took a good long time away from blogging. Your hubby is *so* much more important!

Bless you both...

College Gal said...

What a wonderful vacation! Both of you look so happy! God bless!

Alaina said...

Yay! You're back to blogging!

Lori said...

So happy to see you are back.
Glad you enjoyed your vacation.
Looks like a super fun time.
Loved seeing all the pictures.
The scenery was just beautiful. I agree with what you said...only God could create something that beautiful.

Tracy said...

What a great slide show! Thanks for sharing your trip with us. It looks like you two had a great time!

Welcome back!

Ruth said...

It looks like you had a wonderful vacation. Our family went to Gatlinburg a couple of years ago, so I recognized several spots that we went to. We want to go back!! I'm so glad you got to get away and enjoy each other and have such fun.

~ Amy ~ said...

Your vacation looked like so much fun. Such a cozy little cabin and the fall decor and colors were beautiful. Looked like the perfect way to get away and have some time together.

New camera ~ NICE!! He really treats you so well. Hey, I love both those new songs on your blog!! Thanks for stopping by my site. I've been busy, busy so it's been hard to post anything lately.

So glad you're back!! I'm still looking forward to those BALL pictures!! =]

Diane @ A Watered Garden said...

Good for you! I've been visiting in blogville tonight and was so happy to see all your wonderful posts about Jason's safe return home and your vacation together. Gatlinburg is one of my favorite places to visit and your pictures brought back special memories. I'm SO HAPPY for you both that he is home and you can be together. Please thank him for serving on our behalf. Blessings to you both!

Dawn said...

Yay Yay! You are back. I have been anticipating these pics since you left. You look like you are in a wonderful dream world. Those pics of the trees and land are beautiful, you are right only God can make something that beautiful. You look amazingly happy. As does Jason. You think you guys are in love or something LOL! I am so happy for you that you got that wonderful vacation to spend with your hubby, you both deserved it. Can't wait to start reading all your new advantures now that he is home. Love the new look(blog)and the new songs. Goes perfect with your life at this moment.

Heather K said...

It sounds like you guys made the most of Jason's return!!! What a great holiday! looks like you had a lot of fun reconnecting and enjoying being together again after soo long apart!!

That's so nice that Jason picked up a new camera for you and in pink!! :)
glad you're back!

Jennifer said...

I miss you!

I'm so glad to see that you had such a great memorable time on your two week break.

Out of all those wonderful beautiful pictures (I love the ones of you two on that big ol' chair!).... the one that would have made me stay in that cabin the entire week were the ones of the bears. Holy cow. I think I would have wet myself if I really saw those in person.

Love you!

Tracy said...

I still get a little teary eyed seeing the two of you together. You look so darn happy!!! Great pictures!!

First Time Mommy said...

So glad you guys had a wonderful time on your vacation! Looks like a lot of FUN!! Thanks for sharing all your pictures :)!

Have a great day!


Mimi said...

thanks for sharing your pictures of your wonderful second honeymoon with us... looks you had a much deserved great time together!!!!!!!
Glad to have you back in blogland... will Jason be home for a good long time now?

Mary said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation. It sounds like you had a great time. Now, to explore your blog further.


Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Loved the slide show....you look so happy with your sweetie! I love your smile too...it is gorgeous!

How nice that you got a new camera and pink too....woohoo!

It really sounds like you have enjoyed some much needed time with your sweetie....what a treasure for both of you!

~ Amy ~ said...

Okay, I have to say it. When I first saw the new tickerclock my first thought was...Holy Cow! she's pregnant already and has the countdown on!...then I saw that it was a Christmas countdown and thought...CHRISTMAS, already, UGH! I don't even have a list made up or even began to think of one yet. I'm still in shock that its November. :)

Unknown said...

Good to see you back again, Christie. Glad you are both enjoying life again. Together.

Karen said...

Loved your pictures! Joey is sitting here working on his computer too. He said he loves the "bubbly" song!