Kian, i'm sure you can imagine how elated i was to see Big Momma. And, you're right, although i had a great vacation, i was constantly thinking about her...i thought she was dead...i even dreamed about her. I was so overjoyed to see her little face when we got home. If that hadn't happened...we were talking about giving Little Red to my friend who has chickens and a beautiful coop...because, since we're moving, we don't want to get a new chicken and we didn't want Little Red to be lonely and locked up in her coop...which is what would have happened...to keep her safe from whatever had gotten Big Momma.
I can't believe how wonderfully it all worked out! I know i keep saying it...but, it truly was a miracle
Ok....now onto my trip. The weather was beautiful which is a huge plus. The shows were FANTASTIC!!! We were blown away! "The Hatfield and McCoy" dinner show had a Christmas theme. The talent is just unbelievable. I had a huge smile on my face the whole time and the OH did, too. The food really was delicious, i was impressed. And, because it's country, they bring everything out in these little silver buckets. You get fried chicken, mashed potatoes, pinto beans, corn bread, cole slaw, a soup to start with and pulled pork. Plus any fountain drink, tea or water. Tickets are reasonable, considering everything you get. A wonderful dinner show PLUS dinner!!
The Opry show was indescribable. They have a special Christmas show for this time of year. "Christmas At The Smoky Mountain Opry". We loved it so much, that we are now making it our Christmas tradition...to see it every year. It starts off with a laser light show and Christmas music. Then, you get a little comedy. Then you get, traditional with music, acts and a Santa and sleigh...they really go all out. The second half of the show is a living nativity and really gets to the heart of what Christmas is REALLY all about. It gave me GOOSEBUMPS!!! Even as i'm typing this, i'm getting them. They have live camels on stage, sheep and the donkey. When they tell the story of the donkey bringing Mary to the stable, it brought tears to my eyes. The singing is TOP NOTCH. They have "angels" hovering in the sky of the theater (actors on cables) performing in mid-air!! Standing ovation. It was spectacular.
Sad to say, we did skip the Titanic exhibit. I'm not thrilled with how they do the tour here. I've been to the one in Orlando a bunch of times. I thought it was going to be the same. In Orlando, you're on a guided tour with a "steward". In Pigeon Forge, you pay more, but you don't get a tour guide....it's SELF guided. If you want to pay 10 dollars more...then you get to walk up to certain exhibits, pick up a phone receiver, push a button and listen to whatever they tell you about that exhibit.
NO GUIDED TOUR! Needless to say, i was VERY disappointed. How is this supposed to be the "best" one in the country? Clearly, the better one is in Orlando with a guided tour and their price is less on top of that! It would have been 60 dollars just to walk through a self guided tour and i couldn't justify doing that. Come to find out...the exhibit in Orlando was created by the same people...yet, it's run by a different company. They have the same exhibits and everything. The Pigeon Forge and Branson exhibits are called "museums", the Orlando exhibit is called "The Titanic Experience". Yet, they all look identical. Crazy, huh?
Well, that was our trip, in a nutshell...i will post some pics soon. Hope you've been having a good week.
How is BIL doing?