“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” ~ D.P.

did you know that dolly parton has a theme park?! and did you also know that it is only about 1.5/2 hours from where we live?! well, she does! and it is!

dollywood (what else would it be called? hehe.) has been around for a while, but, like all great amusement parks, it gets bigger and bigger, and more over the top than ever, as the years pass. dolly parton over the top? hehe. i’m not picking on her… i truly do love her. now, the last time i visited dollywood, i was about 15… so that was about *bleep* years ago. before the internet. and cell phones (except maybe those bag ones). and starbucks. yes, that’s right, i am that old.

in any case, dollywood would prove to waaaaay different from what i remember it to be. legitimate roller coasters. and tons of fans/people/thrill seekers/families all over.

we headed to dollywood last sunday to celebrate my sweet, amazing friend, jessica’s birthday. 30th birthday! she and her family (part of our extended family) are big time dollywood lovers, and they invited us along for the fun. lina was about to jump out of her skin with excitement when she found out we were going. i’m surprised she slept any the night before. love ya, baby.

so, off we went! over the smokey mountains & into tennessee. we spent a super nice july day wandering the park, some of us riding rides, eating food, seeing shows, and laughing pretty much constantly. it was a fabulous day and we are so thankful that we got to spend it with the howard/redd family! and yes… we are now season pass ticket holders. suckers.

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DSC_0037 IMG_0296 IMG_0317what a great way to celebrate jessica’s birthday and our move back to the smokey mountains!

for your viewing pleasure.♥

peace out, loveys.

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