Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mountain time

You guys, we just got back from a trip to the Smoky Mountains with Becky and let me tell you, sometimes real life disappoints.  In addition to meeting her very cute and brilliant children, the famous, Hank and Laura (and our kids got on famously), we got to meet her parents who just may be the most hospitable, charming and just plain likable people I've ever had the pleasure of imposing on for several days.  Her dad kept apologizing for the view, which he claims was not at it's best.  It looked pretty good to me:

After three days of this, my neighbor's slightly rundown Victorian is just not doing it for me.
And her mom made us grits, you guys!  Nelson's favorite part of the weekend was the tubing.  Mine was meeting Becky's parents.  We chatted about books, and politics, and unions, and public education, with a gorgeous backdrop. You know how sometimes you meet people and you just know they are "your people?"  It was like that.  They are my people, man.  Seriously, if you are in the market for new parents, you should check out Becky's folks.  They're good ones.

As if our weekend wasn't great enough, when we got to my in-laws to pick up our dog on Monday, we left Oscar for the night.

Today I'm doing my regular stuff - laundry, vacuuming, dusting, buying pants and underwear for my husband, going to the post office. It seems quite non glamorous after a weekend of tubing, cocktails, hot tubbing, cocktails, late nights and long chats, but it's still a good life.


VandyJ said...

Sounds like you had a great getaway!
WE all need those sometimes.

Keely said...

Still so jealous! I'm glad you had a good time.

Yeah, that view...yeah. Not sure how you could apologize for that. You mean it gets BETTER?

Andrea said...

Could you buy a giant board and paint something like that view to put in front of the Victorian? I can't believe your friend's father didn't offer to sweep those clouds out of there for you!

Michele said...

So jealous. From the comments that her dad leaves on her blog I'm betting that Becky's parents would be very good at talking about books and politics and making delicious cocktails.

Becky said...

I think MY favorite part was finally meeting the famous Oscar and Miles. I love a houseful of sweet little boys. And you all earned top marks from mom and dad, of course.

Let's do it again when the view is better. ;)

Amy said...

Aw, it sounds like such a fun time! I'm so glad that you guys got to go. And though I am certainly biased, I must agree: my parents are the shiz.

Hopefully next time we can join y'all!

Camp Papa said...

We enjoyed having you and your guys visit with us. We talked about you behind your backs, and the consensus was that y'all are our kind of people. We'd love to have you back.

Casey said...

Am so glad you kids had a fun getaway! That view is gorgeous, I'm totally crashing your next get-together. M'kay?

gretchen said...


Sigh...(get yourself together Gretchen....)

I'm so glad you had a lovely time with Becky and her family. I desperately want to be these people's daughter, though I've never met them. I feel that I should make sure that they understand what an excellent daughter I would make. I too can discuss important and thought-provoking issues. And I am an excellent tuber.

Alright that's all I have to say.

BTW, I'm still thinking about a trip to DC with Jude in the next couple of years, so we may just stop by.

Patty O. said...

Sounds heavenly! Can I come with you next time?