My daughters introduced me to a non-profit agency that packs and provides food for third world countries. The agency is called Feed My Starving Children and one of their permanent locations is in Mesa, Arizona - right down the street from me. Kylee needs to do some volunteer work in her community and so Nicole signed them up and asked me to go along. I asked my friend, MaryAnna, who also went along.
Myah and Kylee told me they were embarrassed for having to wear hairnets so they wouldn't agree to let me put a picture of their faces on my blog. But then....
I talked them into going for it - make a fashion statement (I said)! We had a really good time. They make it an entertaining evening by playing fun, "makes me want to dance" music. On the left is Nicole, Kylee, and Myah, with MaryAnna on the right. Me? I took the picture.
Yes, we went to Dollywood and it was a very fun day. October is Southern Gospel month at Dollywood and all of us agreed that it felt like "going home." It reminded us of our family, both of our parents and our extended family, as well. We went to four musical performances. Spending a day at Dollywood was really relaxing - I didn't witness any pushing or shoving or negativity at all. Lines were definitely doable. It was just a nice atmosphere.
Below is my sister, Susan, with my
"little brother" Jeff pushing her.
Susan's husband, Jim, is behind Jeff.
You can catch just a glimpse of Gail,
my sister, in the back (taking a picture).
It's not a great picture because we were in a hurry
to get to the roller coaster Mystery Mine.
I rode that with Jeff, Susan, and Jim.
Let me tell you - I screamed during the whole ride!
I had to close my eyes a lot.
The Bake Shop had the most delectable looking pastries
and look at the size of that apple pie!
The park is all decked out for fall and Thanksgiving.
They really do a beautiful job of decorating.
I was told that Christmas is really a nice time to go
because there are lights everywhere.
On the way out, I just had to get a shot of the trees
starting to turn their leaves.
Besides visiting with my siblings, that was my purpose
I just got back from spending a week with four of my siblings in the Great Smoky Mountains! My sister, Susan and her husband, Jim, left for Tennessee and met my sister, Gail and her husband, Rudy, who came up from Florida. My youngest brother, Jeff and his wife Joyce, live in Tennessee which is why I selected that place. I was longing to see the change in leaves. We actually stayed at a resort in Sevierville. So, on to some of the pictures I took...
This was taken from our balcony taken on the day of our arrival.
One of the first things we did was drive Cade's Cove, which is a
scenic drive through the Smoky National Park.
We saw historical buildings - the one above
is a Methodist church.
I love this picture of simply a path in the woods.
I was taking a picture of the creek when I heard my sister say
"Let's see what Jean's taking a picture of - Oh, it's just water."
I cracked up.
My brother said the exact same thing.
But both of them live in states where water is plentiful.
It's not often I get to see a natural creek bed.
I was taken by all of the coins in the aquaduct.
You can't really see it, but they really sparkled.