Chattanooga Aquarium weekend

Last weekend my parents came in town for a visit!  It was a nice long 4 day weekend with them and what fun we had!  Both my mother and my father have birthday’s in July, and the Quilt show in town happened to coincide with the weekend of her birthday so we made it a fun one!  They arrived on Wednesday night in Sevierville to stay at the Blue Mountain Mist Bed and Breakfast that they stayed at when they came for our wedding almost 2 years ago.  They arrived and realized that they had left all of their hanging clothes at home in VA, so mom got to do her absolute favorite thing (NOT!!!) and go shopping for a few new “outfits”.  Luckily they had the Tanger Outlets just a few miles away and they were able to take the back roads to get to it, so it was an easy trip and they found everything on sale and fairly quickly, so mom was happy!

The next day they came to Knoxville and spent the morning at the convention center where the quilt show was going on!  They ran into three people from Lynchburg, VA – where they live – too funny.  They explored the Knoxville Museum of Art and enjoyed all the exhibits.  Dad even found some of the pictures that were in the exhibit in this months Rangefinder magazine.

That night they arrived for dinner and we had a good time catching up.  The next morning we got up early to head to the Chattanooga Aquarium where we had so much fun.  My mom loves to go to Aquariums and today was her birthday, so it was a great way to celebrate.  Here are some of the pictures I captured while there at the aquarium.

These first two were in the first part of the aquarium where the stingrays can be found.

This African Gray Parrot was just finishing up his demonstration.  I caught him looking at me.

I wasn’t tall enough to get a reflection shot, but I like this shot.  You can’t quite tell if he’s asleep or not!

This one came out great!!  Love his eye just staring at me.

Later in the day after lunch and the second building at the aquarium we headed up to Point Park on Lookout Mountain so that Lynn could show it to my dad.  Mom and I stayed out of the heat and let the guys enjoy the history.  It was very hot and humid that day so the view was not very clear, but I did get a few pictures of the birthday girl and the soon to be birthday boy!

Here’s mom pointing out Point Park, in her new outfit which you can’t see mostly!

And here’s dad, a good picture of my father who is proudly sporting his Habitat for Humanity hat!

The rest of the visit was wonderful!  We had watermelon, sweet corn, and Tilapia for dinner and afterwards we walked down to Brusters for dessert!!  What a fun birthday it was!!  So glad it could be so.

We had a relaxing Saturday doing different things and then off to dinner at Lakeside Tavern for dinner (my favorite restaurant!).  Sunday morning they came to Fellowship for church and they loved the sermon.  Mom and Dad are looking forward to being able to listen to the second half of it via the internet this Sunday.

It was such a lovely visit with them both and I can’t wait to do it again!!

Until next time…


Working Weekend

This past weekend I had fun somewhat putting the camera down and working with the women of the Knoxville Habitat Women’s Build  I had the privelege of serving alongside so many various and talented women in the Knoxville area to put up the walls, gables and trusses.  It was a great weekend and besides the sunburn and sore muscles, we are well on our way to building a house!!  Below are some pictures from the work done on Saturday and Sunday.

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