Visiting Granddaddy and Lala – Day 1

The stars (and vacation times) aligned this year, and we were able to spend four days with Granddaddy and Lala in Tennessee.  B10 and CW returned from their dad’s house today, and we spent the morning being lazy.  Well, most of the adults were being lazy, GO was going to the door every five minutes and asking when brothers would be home (and crying because they weren’t there).  This extreme case of missing her brothers lasted exactly 2.5 hours, before they were back sniping at one another as siblings do.

After the boy Caterpillars got home, we loaded up the cars and headed to Jason’s Deli for lunch.  We adore their salad bar (everyone but the littles and Lala got the bar), and the free ice cream for dessert.

Lala headed home to rest, while we took the Caterpillars out to Stones River National Battlefield.  Granddaddy had the idea for us to do a special geocache called a Whereigo.  When doing the geocache, we were able to also see the Civil War Renactors shoot cannons (GO HATED that part) and then they had set up camp, where we could wander.  The Caterpillars could do different activities and earn trading cards, which was *way* cool.

Gathered at the Stones River National Battlefield Visitor's Center.

Gathered at the Stones River National Battlefield Visitor’s Center.

Playing a gambling game called "ChuckaLuck".  Popular on payday during the Civil War.

Playing a gambling game called “ChuckaLuck”. Popular on payday during the Civil War.

GO trying her hand at ChuckaLuck.

GO trying her hand at ChuckaLuck.

She was intent on winning the trading card!

She was intent on winning the trading card!

B10 and CW searching for a solider - the Laundress sent them to find someone who owed her money to earn her trading card. (Laundresses were the only women officially allowed in encampment and were paid by the Army.)

B10 and CW searching for a solider – the Laundress sent them to find someone who owed her money to earn her trading card. (Laundresses were the only women officially allowed in encampment and were paid by the Army.)

B10 in Civil War garb - he was lucky, the jacket actually fit him!

B10 in Civil War garb – he was lucky, the jacket actually fit him!

Otto at one of the oldest Civil War memorials still standing.  This was erected by Civil War soldiers to remember their fellow troops who died here.

Otto at one of the oldest Civil War memorials still standing. This was erected by Civil War soldiers to remember their fellow troops who died here.

CW getting his legs moving.

CW getting his legs moving.

The monument in the back was erected by the railroad.  The Railroad ran Civil War tours that actually stopped and let people out to visit Civil War sites.  Discounts were given to Civil War widows (on both sides).

The monument in the back was erected by the railroad. The Railroad ran Civil War tours that actually stopped and let people out to visit Civil War sites. Discounts were given to Civil War widows (on both sides).

Again, on a cannon.

Again, on a cannon.

After grabbing a few more caches (we are seriously on a caching streak – with over 50 in the last month!), we headed home to a delicious dinner that Lala cooked.

It was a nice and relaxing day – with only one rooster who tried to “catch” us. 😉  I am always excited to have my big boys home, and today was no exception.

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

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