Easter Vacation 2017 – Mentone

Every Easter, since Hayden was 6 months old, we’ve taken a family road trip with my parents.  Sometimes its just a few hours away to nearby places such as Fountainbleu, False River or Toledo Bend and sometimes its a little bit farther like Chattanooga or Gatlinburg.  Sometimes its just our family and other times its extended family.   This past Easter was probably one of our largest groups yet.  Our family along with Aunt Debbie and her family as well as Eric and Brandy took a road trip up to Mentone, Alabama.  I always wonder how my mom finds these places, but I also always trust her, because she never steers us wrong.

We stayed in a large, group cabin in Mentone – a small town in Northern Alabama, about 45 miles south of Chattanooga.  It is a beautiful little town with lots of mountains, creeks, and waterfalls to explore.  There was a small creek that ran behind the cabin where the kids had a blast playing in the freezing cold water.  There was lots of great conversations and laughs as we spent plenty of quality time together as a family.

Our first full day was spent exploring DeSoto Falls, Little River Canyon and the Sallie Howard Memorial Chapel followed by lunch at Fontana’s and egg dying while the adults went to eat at Wildflower Cafe.

Easter Sunday, we headed to Rock City in Chattanooga, for a long day of climbing and exploring.  Mom, Mandy, the girls and I stayed later for Fairy Tale Nights, which the girls loved.  There were various fairy tale characters all around Rock City that they could stop and talk to / take photos with.

It was a wonderful trip that we all very much enjoyed and I can’t wait until next year!

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Guess who’s back?!

Its been 6 years since I’ve done anything with this blog, but with all the traveling we’ve done this year, I’m really excited to start documenting our family again.  I think its so important to keep these memories fresh and make sure they are recorded for our kids in the future.  I always love going back and reading posts from years ago and laughing or reminiscing about those times in our lives; poignant memories from when the kids were babies, those times when the nights were sleepless and the days were long; when we didn’t think we’d ever make it out of the “Terrible Two’s” alive.  I know we have many, many challenges ahead of us, but I feel like we’ve come to a point in our lives where we can sit back and enjoy things a little more – the kids are a lot more independent but they still want to be around us.  How much longer will we be able to enjoy family movie nights, weekend canoe trips and 10 day road trips before the kids don’t like us anymore?

This summer was one of the best we’ve had (although I think I feel that way every year!)   We took some amazing vacations and made some wonderful, lasting memories together – I don’t want to let those feelings slip by without documenting them.  I want to be able to look back in 6 more years and remember how it feels at this moment.  I have 2 amazing kids who are kind, funny and smart.  I couldn’t ask for better children.  Yes, we’ve got our challenges for sure and things are not always easy, but I feel incredibly lucky and, as cliche’ as it is, #blessed.

So with that, its on to document the last 8 or so months … I hope you enjoy keeping up with the Heyl family!

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