February 19, 2012

A getaway with the girls

Good evening ladies.  I hope this evening finds you happy and warm.  It has got suprisingly cool here in GA tonight.  I know many of you have snow or are expecting snow, but none of that here.  Only wishful thinking. 
As all of you have read, I am no longer working.  It has been a VERY stressful last two months.  Now that it is over, I needed a getaway.  Who did I call?  Nana of course!  Hubby had to work, so last Wednesday, my mom, Darbee Rae and I hit the road for a girls getaway to Pigeon Forge.  We enjoy our trips together and were all excited to get away.  We had lots of plans to shop, eat, and enjoy our time away.  Darbee Rae had her own plans of arcades, rides and finding a new baby doll.  :)

On our first night there, we enjoyed a delicious supper.
Can you tell that Darbee Rae enjoyed her spaghetti?  Ha!.....

and took Darbee Rae to an arcade.  She deserved it after riding quite a while to get there.
She had so much fun. 
She played and played and got quite a few tickets. 
We headed back to the room early. Darbee Rae loves being in a hotel and playing in the room.

We hit the road bright and early on Thursday.  We had major shopping to do!  Ha!
We visited several primitive stores in the area, the pattern store, and several of the outlets.
We made a pit stop at The Apple Barn and enjoyed a delicious snack of cinnamon apple donuts, apple pies and fresh cider. 
Darbee Rae LOVED the cider.  It was so good.

Darbee loves to shop too.  She is such a trooper.  She likes looking in the "prinitive" stores and helping mommy and Nana find our special treasures.  She never complained not once. 
So...what did she get as a reward that evening?

Yup...another visit to a different arcade.  And boy are we glad we did!  We found a Price is Right Plinko game that was so much fun.  Nana and I played it forever!  We had so much fun.  They paid tickets out the wazoo!!  Nana even hit a 1,000 ticket jackpot!

I promise, we spent less than 25.00 and look at the result.

Yes...we actually WON that many tickets!
Can you see how surprised and excited Darbee Rae was?  Ha!
She was so tickled to get to pick a neat prize.
We ended up with close to 4,000 tickets!  She got a really cool light up princess wand and a super neat limbo machine.  She got a lot of little prizes also.  A fun night indeed.  Lots of wonderful memories.

Everything up there closed pretty early since it was the off season, so we were done shopping kinda early.  What did we do?  We hit Walmart of course!  We shopped around Walmart and picked out some snacks for the hotel room.  You can't have a girls party without snacks right?  Hehe...

Darbee Rae picked out cupcakes but guess what we forgot?  Yup...forks.  Oops!
What does a determined girl do?

Yup..you pick the icing off with a straw!  Ha!
When all you eat is the icing, that's all you need. 

She is so much like Nana and I.  Nana had her bag of crafts that she worked on in the car on the way.  Darbee Rae wanted her own crafts.  She has been asking me for quite some time to find a craft she can do.  She is a bit little for any of the kid needlepoint kits or the potholder weaving kits.  I have no clue!  Do any of you ladies have any ideas for a four year old?  We made do the best we could. While in Walmart, she also picked out some "crafts"  that she could do. 

She picked out several packs of beads and stretchy craft lace. 
She had to pick out her own pouch to hold all of her supplies too. 
What a cutie.  She made Nana a beautiful necklace.

On Friday, we shopped around for the earlier part of the day then headed over to Clinton, TN.  Most of you know Betty from Thru My Back Door.  She is a precious lady.  We met her and shopped at The Speckled Hen.  What a wonderful store. 
There was a first for me on this trip.

Yes...I had my first encounter with a parking meter.  I wasn't sure how to work it!  Ha!
It was the neatest little town with lots of primitive and antique stores.  I can't wait to go back. 
We also met Betty's daughter Deb.  What a sweet family.  I am so happy to get to know both of them.  We went out to supper at a local restaurant that served delicious home cooking, The Golden Girls.  We enjoyed a fun evening of fellowship and laughter.  It seemed as though we had been friends forever.  If you haven't ever stopped by Betty's blog, check it out.  You won't be disappointed. 

We enjoyed our last night in the hotel room by being entertained by Darbee Rae.
She found the Gideon bible and pretended to be a singer at church.  
How sweet. 

To say we had fun is a major understatement.
I love both of "my girls" dearly.  We made wonderful memories, laughed, talked, shopped, played and were just together. It was good.  It was what I needed.

We packed up Saturday morning and headed out...take a look at our car.

Ha!  Can you find Darbee Rae in there?  Hehe...you can see the back of her head if you look close.
Do you think we had fun?

Oh yea...it was wonderful.

Until next time......


  1. Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Just the stress relief you needed.

  2. Looks like a fun time was had by all!!!

  3. Just love your new memories!
    Love the picture of your mom and Darbee!!
    And spaghetti face..:)
    Oh what fun.
    Good for you.
    Hugs Trace


  4. Yes looks like so much fun! I remember as a child we had the cardboard and yarn that you stitched around and made pictures it had a plastic needle and it was connect the dots.You might be able to find them on amazon for Darbee.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  5. I am so glad there was room for Darbee Rae to go home! I was worried(hoping) she just might have to stay and me take her home.lol Now I KNOW there was no chance of that. We did enjoy you all so much, as ou know. We will do it again this summer. You're right you are making memories and Darbee will remember them forever and so will you all.Love the face!

  6. Looks like you all at a lot of fun!! You've made memories that will last a lifetime.

  7. So happy for you! Wow! She is just so amazing, loved the sweet faces, the spaghetti one is priceless.

  8. Holly
    There's nothing better than 'girl time' to chase away the doldhrums!
    It's plain to see DarbyRae is following in her G'Ma and mama footsteps.
    It's so neat you got to meet your blogging friends too!

  9. Sounds like a wonderful trip and memories to last a lifetime. We went to Pigeon Forge in July and got to spend time with Betty - she is such a delight. Loved the pictures of Darbee Rae - what a cutie.

  10. All I can say is WOW on all ofthose tickets Darbee Rae got! Glad you all had fun!! Take care and send some of that warm Georgia weather up here to Michigan will ya? Janice

  11. I always enjoy my trips with my mom and sisters. They are so precious to me and we still laugh at things that happened over 20 years ago. Great times indeed!

    WOW! Look at all of those tickets! It's hard to tell who had more fun?! Darbee Rae or mom and Nana, lol!

    What a great time and how wonderful to meet up with Betty and her daughter! This is definitely a fun trip and much needed break for you. Glad you were able to enjoy it~

  12. Hey Holly! I just became an offical follower! I really did enjoy meeting you, your mother, and that precious daughter of yours! I have told Amanda when you come back our way I want us to set up a play date with Darbee and Andrew!