We just got back from a great trip to Gatlinburg. We were with most of my side of the family. Unfortunately, my parents came down with covid and had to miss all the fun.
Other than a crappy Airbnb experience, we had a great time. We did all the tourist things… mountain coasters, mini-golf, white water rafting, and a bunch of exploring the area. We ended up seeing 3 bears during the stay. The very first day there was one trotting down the street right in front of our rental, another one was walking under our ski lift, and the final one I ran into while I was out for a mountain run.
We took the kids to the Dude perfect tour at the United Center. The Dudes brought their A-game and kept the kids smiling the entire time. It was the biggest venue either kid had gone to so that helped make it even more amazing.
Carter continued with his summer of surgeries by getting his tongue and upper/lower lips released. He has one more mouth surgery this year and then that will hopefully wrap it all up and completely free that tongue.
Emery wrapped up another great season of softball. The girls are getting much better, they are hitting and catching way more consistently than last year.
Carter and Emery both wrapped up their soccer season. Carter’s season was cut a little short due to having to lose his appendix. He had to cheer his team on for the last few games but then was recovered enough to play in the very last game.
Next season Emery is moving from Naperville Park District soccer to club soccer at Evolution. She is super excited to finally be in a club just like her big brother! Now that Emery is moving on, I’m retiring from coaching. It was fun coaching Carter and Emery but it will be nice to just be a spectator and focus on cheering them on.
My dad was finally selected to go on an Honor Flight. He has been on the list for years so he was extremely excited to be selected. This organization flies a plane full of vets and volunteers to Washington DC for the day to visit memorials dedicated to vets. It is free to vets and an amazing way to honor them.
My sisters volunteered to help with the event and went with the group to DC. The volunteers, like my sisters, helped get the buses full of vets in and out of 7 memorials on this 1-day trip. It was a lot of work but still a very cool experience. I passed up on volunteering but still made the trek back to the QC to welcome the vets back at the airport. When they got off the plane, a huge crowd of people welcomed them. The airport terminal was full of police, vets, bands, families, and friends to cheer for them and celebrate their service.