We just returned late last night from spending Christmas with all 4 of our kids (and DD's BF) at DS's in Atlanta. For a couple of those days we drove to TN for some hiking and camping (some in tents and DH and I in a motel room) in the Smoky Mountains.
We had a great time and enjoyed being together, eating out, everyone contributing at least some to the cooking, some walking around Atlanta, the Georgia Tech campus, going to a museum at Emory, etc. DS took us for a tour or his lab. (He's working toward his PhD in Physics.) I wish I could understand more of what he was telling us about his work (I just shook my head and said, "Uh huh" a lot.) He just lights up when he talks about it; it's so good to see him excited about what he's doing.
No stitching while I was gone but I did get to check out a LNS in Marietta, GA. (Since I don't have a LNS here, I try to visit one when I travel.) I mentioned going to Dixie Darling when we were in TN but it just didn't work out this trip.
One thing I really enjoyed about this trip was the cold weather. It had been about 80 here before we left. It got down to the high 20's while we were in the mountains. Ahhhhhh!!! When we hiked it was a little warmer and we were all bundled up. (Ironically, right after we left Texas, it got cold here too. lol!)
Since we got home so late last night, I spent some time in the kitchen today. I made some sides, fruit salad, and an apple pie for tonight's dinner and DS (the undergrad student one) is making the main dish (some kind of pork chops). DH is making some roasted potatoes to add to the meal. It should be a feast!
I'll leave you with a few pictures.
Christmas dinner with most of us. DD's BF is from Scotland and he had crackers for all of us to open. The crowns were in the crackers. The guy in the red shirt is a friend of DS's.
Homemade pizza night.
Hiking at Smoky Mountains
Abrams Falls in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains