Gatlinburg Getaway

It has been too many years since we have celebrated a big holiday with family.  We live on the east coast; and they all live on the west coast!  This past Easter we decided to do something different and at the last moment booked a hotel for a lil get-away to Gatlinburg, TN!

Booking online without knowing the hotel can be risky… I read all the reviews and went to one of those bargain sites.  We were SO HAPPY with where we ended up at. Originally we were looking in Gatlinburg, but Pigeon Forge is just 10 minutes away and had more options for less cha-ching!  The hotel we opted for had an indoor pool, outdoor pool with a small lazy river, and even a tiny (I don’t think it gets used much at all) gym!  We had a gorgeous view out on our balcony, including the Smokies and a creek.  It was so peaceful and beautiful!

Starbucks in downtown Gatlinburg!  On Saturday we walked around downtown.  I grew up in sunny SoCal, but every summer we traveled to Knoxville, TN and we always stopped to see the cute and quaint town of Gatlinburg…and buy treats from Aunt Mahalia’s Candy Shop!  Now that we live in Tennessee, I find it super fun to take my family here on short trips.

This time we spent the extra money and took the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tram up the mountain.  We saw all the fire damage down below.  Honestly, other than the tram, I was not impressed with all they offered up there.  It was similar to a county fair atmosphere. Complete with creeps.  Ya’ll, always be aware of your surroundings!

A few places on the strip had been burned, but most were still there.  Many homes burned in the hills that we could see, I am sure many more that we couldn’t see from the tram ride.  If you look closely, you can see a burnt home on the hill in the background.

Naturally, we ate too many things that aren’t on my diet plan. But that’s what vacations are for, right??  We had fun playing all weekend.  I think the kids’ favorite thing might have been the single car rollercoaster that went through the Smokies!

I am so glad I brought my DSLR to capture this trip instead of just my smart phone.  It was worth lugging around! :)

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

Free Concert

So this past Saturday we were able to enjoy a great concert by For King & Country!

Our small town had a two day event by the river but due to a wet, rainy weekend they ended up canceling it hours before the concert!  A large church nearby opened their doors to allow the show to go on! It was so wonderful of them, and more were able to see the band perform than if it had still been outdoors. The band could have just gone home, but they chose to stay in town and bless our city.  Their hearts were evident in that small act.

Joel and Luke Smallbone have such an amazing story and they shared it with everyone again. (A few years ago I put 2 and 2 together and realized their big sis is Rebecca St. James!!)

We love this band, and they did not disappoint!  They even came out into the crowd and our 12 year olds year was made when Luke gave her a high five!!!  I tried to get a video of it, but was lousy – except I did get her face of sheer joy after the fact!!

I have had their songs on replay in my head!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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family love {sneak peek}

Today I had the privilege of photographing my friend and her extended family!  And… can I just say this?  I was having some serious red hair envy!!  Thank you, Tina and family for letting me capture some special moments!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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My Salon

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So, over the past year I we have been working hard creating my own little space for a salon!  I of course offer hair cuts, color, eyebrow waxing, etc – but I also offer eyelash extensions!

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It has been quite a long (and expensive) journey we’ve been on but we are finally done!  Now, the only thing left to do is build up my clientele!  My current clients have been absolutely amazing!

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I am so excited that after twenty long years this is actually my reality!  This is my life and I couldn’t be more excited!!  I am so thankful for my supportive hubby and kids – they have been with me through this long process and we all came out on the other end for the better!

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Never give up on your dreams!

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Blessings & JOY ~

Sadie

 

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{Rudling} sneak peak

So… while I don’t pursue family portraiture photography as a full-time business, it is something I really enjoy doing!  Especially of awesome friends!  This is the second time I have photographed this sweet family.  Only this last time we added grandparents!

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The Mrs is a wonderful resource teacher; which is how I met her originally.  She has been such a blessing to our family; so glad to call her friend!

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The Mr has only the best.accent.ever!  This time I got to enjoy the same wonderful accent from his parents as well!  Such a sweet, sweet family!

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Thank you for entrusting me to capture your moments in time!

Blessings & JOY,

Sadie

 

{happy birthday} wishes

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This adorable little guy is sending smiles and birthday wishes to his daddy, who is currently deployed.  The weather was gorgeous as we wandered around playing and discovering with “puppy”.  He also brought along his comfy chair and a sweet, … Continue reading