Last Thursday after Chris picked Anna Kate and me up from the Nashville airport, we got to do something I've always wanted to do. We saved the two and a half hour trek back to Chattanooga for the next day, and stayed overnight at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. I've loved this place since I was a little girl. It is especially fantastic while decorated for Christmas. Our little girl missed her daddy while we were in CT! She was so excited to see him that night!
While there, we got quite the VIP treatment thanks to my friend Skip's wife Kate, who works at the Gaylord Texan. She got us an amazing room overlooking the waterfall in the Cascades section of the hotel. Absolutely beautiful! Can't say thanks enough Kate! the view from the balcony in our room... (the picture does not do it justice)
While we were wondering around looking at the lights, we turned a corner and almost literally ran into our friend Brent (who recently moved from Chattanooga to Nashville). It was such a coincidence seeing him in such a huge place! It was so good to see you Brent and catch up a little.
This was waiting for us in our room when we returned... a sweet note and a voucher for breakfast at our favorite restaurant in the hotel. Thank you Brent! You are awesome!
Lights, lights, and more lights! Two MILLION lights are used to decorate the outdoors alone. Add two hundred thousand to decorate the indoors. It is quite a sight to behold. Anna Kate was fascinated. She spent the whole night pointing, smiling, and clapping. The outdoor Nativity scene was stunning. We were told that is is the world's largest.
watching the fountain, light and music show...
This is no average fountain! It reaches 85 feet at it's highest!
This is their gorgeous Christmas tree stretching up 40 feet!
After a long day on a plane and quite an eventful night, it took us a while to calm our little "overstimulated" girl down. She had fun playing on big bed in the room.
still fascinated when she woke up the next morning...
having fun running down the long hallway after an early morning swim...
Chris. Amy. Anna Kate. Throw in a dog and a couple a cats, and that's our little family! Chris and I were high school sweethearts and were married in 2005. Anna Kate stole our hearts and changed our lives with her arrival in September of 2007. Our time together as a family is now spent on playgrounds, playing with baby dolls, watching Sesame Street, reading board books and finger painting. My wonderful husband deals with the headaches of the stock market all day, so that I can have the privilege of staying home with our beautiful one year old. This is a peek into our world.