A resounding success!!
Vacation was great, although long at a couple of points. If you take a 2 yr. old off of her schedule long enough, there are bound to be some repercussions.
We went to the Nashville, TN Zoo and the Knoxville, TN Zoo. We went to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Aquarium which Lauren loved. If you have been following our story, you know Nemo is a big deal in our house. We also went to Dollywood and Dollywood Splash Country. One word for you, SUNSCREEN. Use it, love it, believe it. John and I didn't, and are still burned from last Thursday and John is peeling. Lauren was slathered twice and has not a hint of color. We also spent a little time in the mountains, ate a very good meal out and had an awesome view from our cabin. (see link below) http://mountainchalets.com/viewt.html
All of our site seeing aside, I think Lauren's favorite part of vacation had to be the bathtub in the cabin. It was a two person jacuzzi tub and she had a bubble bath every night. She LOVED it!!
Gatlinburg, TN is some place you can count on not to change, to be busy, to have t shirts you wouldn't be caught dead in, but laugh at anyway, and to have beautiful scenery year round.
Overall, I give this vacation a big thumbs up!