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Monday, April 27, 2015

APRIL 21st---Special Day for George and Me

On April 21,  2001---George and I went to Fall Creek Falls State Park,  Tennessee,  on a 'date'....  Even though our FIRST date had been just a short time before, on March 29,  I think that we both knew by this time that we were falling in love ---and wanted to spend our lives together.   SO--it was at Fall Creek Falls where these true feelings for each other came out  (since I got my FIRST KISS)!!!!!  Not only did our love for each other grow with each passing hour,  Fall Creek Falls is also where our love of waterfalls and hiking began.  SO---we visit that special place each April 21st ---and just enjoy a day of CELEBRATION....

Today,  I'll share some pictures from that day in 2001 and similar pictures taken this year on our day at Fall Creek Falls  (14 years later)...  SO much has happened in these 14 years,  but our love just continues to grow and grow.

Hope you enjoy seeing these pictures from our very very special day!!!!


Fall Creek Falls and Coon Creek Falls on April 21, 2001



Fall Creek Falls and Coon Creek Falls,  April 21, 2015;  More water!!!!  Also--helps to have a better camera!!!!! 



Betsy at Fall Creek Falls,  April 21, 2001



Betsy at Fall Creek Falls,  April 21,  2015  (much cooler weather in 2015)



George at gorge overlook,  April 21, 2001



George at the same overlook,  April 21, 2015



Betsy at gorge overlook,  April 21, 2001;  I'm sure you are going to ask about the GREEN SOCKS... WELL---I had a green top on when we first got there,  but the weather was so warm that I took it off...  Hence--the GREEN SOCKS with a black outfit  (which has been a joke with us for 14 years---ha ha )



Me at that same overlook on April 21, 2015;  NO GREEN SOCKS this year! ha



George at another gorge overlook on April 21, 2001



George,  the photographer,  at the overlook,  April 21, 2015



Betsy --doing what I do A LOT:  SITTING on a ROCK:  April 21, 2001 (don't know where those black shoes came from --but they looked better than the white keds with GREEN socks!!!???? ha ha)



Me --14 years later,  STILL sitting on a rock!!! This year,  I wore my hiking boots --which I didn't even have at that time in 2001...   (photo taken April 21, 2015)



Even with the green socks on, on April 21, 2001,  I was trying to act as if I was not afraid on that Swinging Bridge.  (Trying to impress the man, I guess.. ha)



BUT---even though I'm not crazy about Swinging Bridges that sway back and forth,  I did manage to walk across this one again on April 21, 2015.



Betsy and George at Fall Creek Falls  (Cane Creek Cascades) on April 21, 2001


Fourteen years later,  here we are --at the Cane Creek Falls Overlook,  April 21, 2015




FINALLY,  this is George Hole --where I got my first kiss.  We were sitting on a blanket here looking at pictures from his trips to China.  THEN--as George says it,  he 'stole' a kiss..  I thought I had died and gone to heaven!!!!! Talk about WONDERFUL!

 Here is a picture of US at George Hole (at Fall Creek Falls State Park) on April 21, 2015 ---where I still enjoy receiving a kiss (like we have done when we have come here these past 14 years).

I hope that George and I have MANY more April 21sts to CELEBRATE...  Fall Creek Falls State Park is a very special place for us,  and I'm sure that we will continue to go back as often as we can.

Some other important '2001 firsts' for us on this journey:  4/26--George 'unofficially' asked me to marry him;  4/27--I met more of G's family;  May 7--I got my ring, and George 'officially' asked me to marry him--in front of a BIG group of people;  May 12--we decided our wedding date;  May 13--George met two of my three sons....

We got married on Jun 23, 2001 in Knoxville, Tennessee, having a small ceremony beside  the water with family.  It has been a marvelous 14 years ---and I thank George Adams for coming into my life and making me such a blessed and extremely happy woman!!!!!  I love you,  Sweetheart!

Hugs,

Monday, March 9, 2015

Happy Birthday to my Wonderful Husband, George

The Birthday Boy (born 3/9/42) --Photo taken on 2/13/15,  at Greenbriar in the Smokies
Please take a few minutes and go to George's blog  (click HERE)  and wish him a Happy 73rd Birthday...  You all know how much I truly ADORE this man.  God put us together---and  with God at the center of our lives,  we have a wonderful life together.  I especially feel SO blessed to have this fantastic man in my life...

I will share some pictures I took of George during our Valentine's Trip to the Smoky Mountains on Feb. 12-13.   Please click on the photos for enlargements.


The first place we stopped on 2/12  was the Foothills Parkway.  The photographer was busy taking a picture of the little bit of blue sky we saw on that trip!



The wind was COLD up there on that mountain on 2/12,  along the Foothills Parkway. George seldom gets cold --but it was definitely VERY COLD that day, even to him.



Next,  after leaving the Foothills Parkway,  we drove on the Wears Valley Road (near Sevierville) in order to check out a group of waterfalls and cascades that we love to see and photograph.  George --as you know--LOVES to take fancy water photos.  This is a perfect place (although, as I said,  it was a very very cold day --and snowing a little)... Photo was taken on 2/12/15;



We did get a little snow as we drove along Little River Road (toward Gatlinburg).  We walked down the hill to check out  Mannis Branch Falls.  I like this picture of George  (on 2/12)  on his knee getting the perfect picture. 



My Sweetie will climb all around the rocks and boulders to get some good pictures.  This picture was taken on 2/13 at Greenbriar in the Smokies.



Photo taken at Greenbriar in the Smokies on 2/13/15;  I LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture of my Sweetie.



Us on a COLD COLD day in the Smokies (photo taken on 2/12/15)
I'll close with a picture of us:  two people very much in LOVE.... To the Love of my Life:  "HAPPY BIRTHDAY....  Hope you enjoy your birthday celebration this year."

Have a great week, my Friends.  Be sure and wish George a Happy Birthday!!!!

Hugs,

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina Vacation ---January 2015--Part II

Two people in love at the Gazebo on 1/27/15
If you missed Monday's post (Part I of our trip),  click HERE.     Today I'll share more beautiful pictures from our days last week at the beach...

What we LOVE about going to the BEACH:
-Going during the off-seasons when there aren't many people around, and the prices are cheaper;
-Islander Inn --right on the beach where we can sit on our balcony and enjoy the ocean;
-Leaving our room door opened (even all night) so that we can hear the ocean;  SO Peaceful!!!
-The SEAFOOD --especially at Dockside Seafood Restaurant in Calabash;
-Walking on the Beach (getting exercise so that I could eat that fried seafood);
-Finding shells and watching the Birds;
-Watching the clouds (always different from one day to the next)
-Sunrises and Sunsets (can be viewed from our balcony in winter)
-SUNBEAMS ---which we saw this past week!!!!
-Just being able to totally relax, read, sleep/nap, work on the computer ---anything we want to do!!!!!
-For me this time especially,  we used the steps most all week rather than the elevator;  That gave my bum knee LOTS of good exercise!!!


George eating his favorite Seafood (those big, yummy fried Scallops)--Photo taken on 1/28/15
As I mentioned,  we love Dockside Seafood Restaurant in Calabash---so we managed to go there 3 out of four evenings...  We even got to know our waitress (who is from West VA)...  SUCH wonderful seafood!

The other night (when we weren't at Dockside), we went to another favorite restaurant in Calabash,  The Boundary House.  That is where we get the best PRIME RIB ever!!!!! 


We had never eaten beside the beautiful fireplace at Dockside until this year --but we loved it.  Photo taken on 1-25-15



NO---I'm NOT in the water!!!!!  Photo taken on 1/26/15
George was wandering around the dunes taking photos ---and he captured this picture of me playing Peek-A-Boo..... It looks like I am standing in the water --but I'm not... TOO COLD!!!! ha


SUNSET on 1/27/15
Except for Jan. 26,  the weather was wonderful the entire time we were there. (Even the 26th was not bad though.) We photographed  3 beautiful sunsets  (1/25, 1/27, and 1/28) while there.  This is when the sun was almost 'going going gone'..... Isn't this a beauty?


Lots and lots of BIRDS  (photo taken on 1/26/15)
We enjoyed watching the birds all week...  I guess they love it when 'they' can rest and not be bothered by lots of people on the beach... Most of these are GULLS  I think.


My Wonderful Man enjoying walking on the beach  on 1/27/15
Don't you love seeing the puffy clouds?  AND did you notice that there were no people out walking????  There are usually a few locals who live nearby who walk usually very early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  BUT--when we were out during the day,  we sometime were the ONLY people around!!!!  We loved it.


This Girl was so happy to be there --and be WALKING. Photo on 1/26/14;
Even though my knee is still painful,  it is gradually getting better.  I enjoyed walking on the beach ---and got some good exercise.


SUNRISE on 1/28/15
As much as I loved the sunsets,  the sunrises were even more beautiful (mainly since they were not at an angle like the sunsets were).  Thanks be to God for all of this beauty we enjoyed.


The morning we were leaving ---1/29/15
I was standing out in the parking lot as we were getting ready to leave Ocean Isle Beach..  The sun hadn't come up yet---but the sky was gorgeous....I loved seeing the Palm Trees and the Gazebo from this angle.


Oh how marvelous it is to be out in God's Beautiful World   (1/27/15)
I wanted to end these two sets of photos with this one because it expresses my deep feelings about our time at Ocean Isle Beach.  There are many beautiful places in our country --and this is just ONE of them.  BUT---if we all just take time to get out and look around and enjoy what God has provided for us,  we will be a better people for doing so.  Thank you God and thank you,  George,  for making this such an incredible vacation.

Hugs,