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Ian’s 5th Birthday In Chattanooga

September 2nd, 2013

We took Ian to Chattanooga for the weekend to celebrate his 5th birthday.  It’s only 2 hours from Nashville, but there was an overturned semi so it took us twice as long to get there.  Our trip started out tough and ended that way as well.

Ian loves trains so we rode up a very steep train to the top of Lookout Mountain.  At the top of this mountain is where the Battle At Lookout Mountain, part of the Civil War, was fought.  It’s also known as the Battle Above The Clouds.  Ian wasn’t that interested in learning about history and kept asking the recording to quit talking.

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They said you could see 6 states from the top and the Tennessee River, but it was so foggy we couldn’t see a thing.  This was about halfway up I think.

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I thought it was funny that Ian’s sidekicks had a seat to themselves on the train.

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The twins were pretty tough for most of the trip.  Ian was pretty great.  My how times have changed!

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We spent an entire day at Chattanooga’s huge aquarium.  They have one building for the ocean and another for the river. Definitely the highlight of the trip for him.  Ian loves anything and everything to do with sharks and fish.

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We spent about 30 minutes so he could try to touch this little guy.  He squealed when he finally touched the tip of his tail.

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I have to admit I was a little tempted to push Luke into this tank of stingrays.  He was terrible for the majority of the trip.  Not sure what’s going on with him lately.

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They had a butterfly exhibit and this huge butterfly found Ian right away.  He had a hard time getting it off, which was really funny.

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We ate Ian’s favorite, mexican food for dinner and the boys opened presents at the hotel.  Pretty low-key and about all we could handle.  Ian seemed to enjoy the trip despite Brian and I struggling with his brothers.

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We unfortunately had to cut our trip early.  Brian and I were just done!  Wish we would have seen more of Chattanooga and been able to do a few other things, but what we did see was really pretty.  Ian had a fun birthday weekend, which is what counts I suppose!

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  1. Pat Lohrding
    September 2nd, 2013 at 21:37 | #1

    As usual, love the pics and your remarks Leslie! The birthday boy really is growing up!! Cool that he really had a fun time!! Not a “perfect” week-end…but sounds like all in all…you all made some “fun memories”!

  2. Staci
    September 3rd, 2013 at 16:46 | #2

    I love your to read your posts – you really keep it “real” and I know coming from a mother of twins boys myself ! I’ve had that desire to push someone over into the tank before myself! LOL! And I understand what you mean by having enough! It looks like Ian had a great birthday! Looks like beautiful country were you are!

  3. September 4th, 2013 at 08:28 | #3

    Staci please tell me your twins are getting MUCH easier by now!! :) @Staci

  4. Staci
    September 5th, 2013 at 09:11 | #4

    Every year gets easier! In fact I actually enjoy going places with them! LOL! They are developing more of their own personalities and that is fun. We are trying to give them more separate time with mom/dad – but that is hard to fit in. We are homeschooling this year, so who knows what’s in store for us! Take Care!

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