Tag Archive | Gatlinburg

Morning News

As I’m sitting here listening to the morning news before I head out to work my mind drifts back to the news I was hearing one year ago. It was this time last year that my morning news was filled with images and updates as wildfires ripped through Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and I watched as places I have been to and knew were burned to the ground. Or saw families not sure if they would have a home to go back to or worse yet not sure if their loved ones were in the path of the fire and if they were safe. I still can’t believe it has been a year.

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Wildfires 

​Being from Kentucky, Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge is the place to go for a long weekend.  I cannot tell you how many times I have been there.  So I am not going to lie when I say this last (almost) month has been very emotional for me.  And it’s not just because I was watching helplessly as a place I enjoy so much was being hurt so badly, but also because we had just left there on that Sunday and the fires started on that Monday.  We had just spent a lovely Thanksgiving in the Smokies.  So when I heard about the fires to say it was eye opening is an understatement.  What if those fires had started on Saturday?  The place was packed, there could have been a lot more deaths then there already was.  I hate that 14 people lost their lives and the amount of homes, land, and property that were also destroyed, and then to learn it was at the hands of two teenagers.  My heart goes out to the whole Server county area.  I may not be a resident but a piece of me lives in the smokies.  One of the saddest things for me through this whole thing is we did not make it up into Gatlinburg when we were there for Thanksgiving because if we did I would have at least had one last vision of what it was like right before.  I know though that they will rebuild and become stronger because of this, and as for me, I will go back.  I already can’t wait.  I want to show my support.

Catching Up

I know my post have been few and far between lately. Well I am hoping to change that. I am officially a one job woman now and I even got a promotion. So my new full time second job is going to be this blog here. So I am going to do a little catching up…
 
Travel: Well we went to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge for a few days in April. The day we arrived down there was the day the helicopter crashed killing five people. My heart goes out to those affected by the crash. We are getting ready to go to Grand Rapids, MI for a few days here very soon. We have done two Cumberland Falls’ weekends with the kids. Now those were a ball. Well the first one was a ball, the second one the babies were sick so it was not as much fun. But of course our big trip this year is still to come. I’m going to Disney World! Yes again! This is a family trip in October where my three favorite people under the age of eight will be going too. I can’t wait to see how the one and two year old reacts when they see it for the first time. 


Baking/Cooking: Well this Southern Belle finally had one of her dreams come true. I got my KitchenAid Stand Mixer for Christmas so I have become the cake from scratch queen. I love it! Some days I will just look at it and think I am so lucky to have it. Cooking on the other hand I have not done too much of that. 


Reading: Since late last year I have been obsessed with the Dare Valley Series of Books by Ava Miles and then the Dare River Series and now the Dare Valley Meets Paris novellas. I can’t wait for the next Dare River now. I also read the newest Catherine Bybee book, “Doing it Over”, plus the fourth book in the In Dixie Series by Beth Albright, “Stardust in Dixie”, and then there was the final in the Crossfire Series by Sylvia Day, “One With You”. Boy I really am into series! I loved all those books though. 


Auntie: Beside the two trips to Cumberland Falls with the kids, I took the seven year old a girl’s day one day when I was off. We went to the local butterfly show, that was my first time going in years, I don’t think she liked it too much but I did. We also recently as a whole family did the horse park in Lexington, that was cool but I think the two year old how the most fun of any of us. The one year old was scared of the horse but she did well. Of course the hardest part right now for this Auntie is not being able to tell the seven year old we are going to Disney in October, her mommy doesn’t want to tell her till we are getting in the car to leave. 


Southern Belle Style: I love saying shirts. One of my newest ones I purchased especially for the seven year old “Suck it up Buttercup”. I always want to tell her that when she starts whining about something. 

Well I think that about covers everything I have been up too. I will keep you posted on my happenings and not go so long in between posts. Thank you for continuing to read Southern Belle Charm, without you the readers this blog would be nothing. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Memorial Day. 
 
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Smokey Mountain Dreams 

Yesterday someone asked me when my next trip to Gatlinburg was. I don’t have an answer to that but the funny thing is I have been thinking a lot about Gatlinburg and the Smokey Mountains. Almost like a longing to go back. I like going to the Smokey Mountains but it is not my favorite, so I am not sure where this longing to return is coming from. Maybe it is just me wanting some Chicken and Dumplings from The Mill Restaurant or a Cheesesteak Sandwich from the Pottery House Restaurant. Whatever it is I am ready for a return to the Great Smokey Mountains. 

Weekend in the Mountains

We go to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge often.  So usually I don’t get too excited when we are planning a trip to the Smokies but right now I am.  We are going for a weekend getaway within the next month and I am practically counting down the days.  I am looking forward to a weekend away, eating at some of our favorite restaurants, maybe getting some of my favorite wine, do a little shopping, reading by the fire, and just enjoying the beauty of the mountains.  If it snows it snows it will make it that much more beautiful.  I don’t even have to leave the cabin and I will be happy as a lark, because I will be getting some Mountains Time in!

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