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Penguins, Coffee, Pool, Fluffy Bed & Trains

May 11, 2011
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And that would be the short version of our mini-vacation to Chattanooga.

It may not have even been a full 48 hour trip, but we still hit the “end of vacation blues” today when we came home.

We left yesterday morning, bright and early. It only took about three hours to get there, which was a surprise for me because I was thinking it’d be longer. Score!

We had a package deal with the hotel we stayed at that included our aquarium passes, a Starbucks voucher (which was IN the hotel!), and free valet. I’m not sure we want to stay at a hotel again without a valet. He unloaded our car, brought it to our room when I called, and even loaded up the car and had it waiting on us when we checked out today. Can we say spoiled?

First, we walked to the aquarium, which was a much longer walk than we were told, but oh well. (For those of you not in the south right now, keep in the mind that the temps are in the 90s!)

Honestly, I thought this trip was a toss up because I wasn’t sure how Jack would react to the fish and if he’d even care. About 5 minutes into the aquarium, I was sure we had made a good decision by bringing him. The sting rays and penguins were his favorites.

After the long and sweaty walk back to the hotel, we tried to get Jack to take a nap. That wasn’t going to happen, so we took him to the pool instead. We had it all to ourselves.

After swimming, we used our Starbucks voucher. If we didn’t use all of it, we’d lose it, so we piled up the pastries and coffee and headed back to the room to relax.

Jack fell asleep next to me while we were watching tv; this NEVER happens! He was worn out!

We went back out for dinner after he woke up, then came back to the hotel to chill. Jack didn’t go to sleep til close to 10. He was so wired and happy to be there, how do you argue with that? Thankfully, we had a king size bed. It was enough room for us to all cuddle together.

This morning, we went for a walk.

After that, we checked out of the hotel and went to see the old train station.

Then, we drove home.

Jack was stunningly (is that a word?) good the whole trip. He would even get back in the stroller when he was told, which is a big deal for a two year old.

He kind of lost it today before we left, but we won’t count that against him.

It was so great to get away and be together, just the three of us. It makes me want to take more trips.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 12, 2011 10:05 am

    Looks like you guys had such a fun trip!!!! Jack is so cute in all his coordinating outfits for the days activities via “Whale” outfit for the aquarium,”Train” outfit for the Chattanooga choo-choo!! We used to live near Chatanooga from 3rd-6th grade for me, so this takes me back!!

  2. Rita permalink
    May 12, 2011 12:41 pm

    Looks like a great family time!!! So glad Jack had fun so that you could have fun!!!! Short trips are sometime the best idea with a toddler. Love you all

  3. May 12, 2011 9:45 pm

    yeah!! what a fun memory for your family. I’m glad Jack was good – it makes ALL the difference huh!? Looks like you had a great time.

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