Wednesday, April 19, 2006

See Rock City!

Yesterday, we had a spontaneous trip to Chattanooga to see Rock City!
Hans, Finn and Ella right before we entered the 'fat man's squeeze' where the rocks almost touch. The kids didn't want to go through that part and Ella said, as we entered, "I'm gonna have a freak out!".
After Rock City, we went to a park that Hans and I went to before we started dating. I was 16, he was 18 and I had the biggest crush on him. On that day, way too many years ago, was the first time that Hans held my hand. Really, he was just keeping me from tumbling down a steep hill, but still...he held my hand and my heart stopped.
Yesterday, as we walked through the massive stone gates into the park, Hans reached over and took my hand. And you know, my heart still skips a few beats. Our kids were skipping in front of us down the path and I was struck by how far we've come. All those years ago, I could not have imagined everything that we've been through... the loved ones that we have lost and loved ones that have joined us...and that we would have our very own mini-me's running in front of us.

Here was the star of our day, the tiny green inchworm that Hans found.

They just don't get much cuter than this.

Rock city has an entire underground area with fairy tale creatures. There are gnomes climbing all over and vignettes from all of the famous tales.

Above is a Kewpie doll fairy resting above a small water fall. I lOVE kewpie dolls. We always called Ella "Kewpie" when she was teeny.

One of the Three Little Kittens who lost their Mittens getting her soap scrub on.


lulu said...

Hi! That's a most touching story... especially when accompanied by those three faces...and what a great day you had! I'd never heard of Rock City before. That kewpie is too cute!!

Be in touch with Hans about the prints soon... I've been so busy that I haven't been able to think straight! (((hugs)))

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Such define detail in the photo of the green inch worm!!!