Sunday, July 19, 2009

Dollywood Adventures

I had never been to Dollywood but this was most definitely the highlight of our trip. Ivy had no idea what to expect. In fact, when telling her about Dollywood- I think she envisioned a place with a bunch of babydolls. The morning of our Dollywood trip I asked her where we were going and she responded "Babywood" and then when corrected she said "Hold you, Dolly." When we entered Dollywood she was in awe by the bright colors, the large crowds, and she was sold on the place when we rode the tram/train through the parking lot. This was her first experience with rides or anything of the sort. She loved it to say the least and therefore she threw quite the tantrum when she had to get off after each ride ended. Then she would go back in line and yell-
"Ivy's turn"- until it was in fact her turn. She never once seemed scared. I wish I could have captured our whole Dollywood experience on video for Greg to be able to enjoy! I hope to take Ivy to another amusement park soon so that her Daddy can see her in her new found element!!

Absolutely priceless Dollywood comments from Ivy that I don't want to forget:

* When she rode on the first ride, a carousel, and her horse didn't move up as quickly as Nana's and Ivy began screaming "Giddy-up, horsey" and clicking her tongue. She was not smiling or waving, she was absolutely determined to make her horse move up and down like Nana's.

* She begged to ride the "peapots" (teacups) over and over! We only rode once because these are not Mommy's favorite.

* On her first ride on the flying elephants- she was demanding "on the floor" or "in the sky" over and over.... giving us quite the bouncy ride.

* Ivy enjoyed her first ring pop in Dollywood. She thought she had died and gone to heaven because she had a sucker that resembled a paci... TRUE LOVE! Then she whined "OH NO!!" I looked to her to try to see the problem, and she responded, "My suckers going away." She was not pleased that this new sweet, paci wasn't going to be a permanent fixture in her mouth.


  1. awwww i love it!!! i'm so jealous. I wish I coulda been there to see all that.

  2. That was a fun evening--Ivy was hilarious! We'll have to do it again for sure! Maybe Lakeside and Cedarpoint next girls trip???

  3. It looks like you all had a great trip. Ivy is just so cute, and I love that you brought her along for a girls' trip!

  4. Looks like it was a blast! I think we are going to take the girls to Disney in Oct for a few days!

    I love the ring pop story. Gabby would totally dig a "sweet paci." She still gets sooooo excited to get her pac at bedtime. I sometimes catch her trying to sneak it. Silly girls!

  5. Looks like you all had a great time. I love all the sweet comments from Ivy!


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