Our family visited Blue Ridge, Georgia over the Fourth of July weekend with another family, whom we met through our wonderful adoption agency. Their names are Patrick, Joel, and Greyson. We all try to get together periodically so that our sons can see other adoptive families like their own. We always have a great time!
We kicked off our Independence Day festivities with the Old Timers 4th of July Parade. We found a great spot in the shade along the middle of the parade route on East Main Street. Red, white, and blue, we came fully accessorized with flags, hats, sunglasses, and more--all in stars and stripes!
Caius thought the parade was a lot of fun!
Our son and our friends' son are close in age, and they always have fun together. They got a big kick out of waving their flags at the floats and cars decorated for the parade. Of course, all the candy being tossed to the kiddos was a big hit!
After the parade, we stopped in for lunch at Danielle's Café and later enjoyed some ice cream at MooBears Ice Cream & Hotdogs. Blue Ridge, GA has some great restaurants, cafés, and ice cream shops. If you ever have the chance, Blue Ridge is a charming mountain town to visit.
Back at the cabin, we had a traditional Independence Day cookout with hot dogs and hamburgers, watermelon, and potato salad. Patrick is a grilling champ, and made some delicious hamburgers!
Caius saw fireworks for the first time on this trip. The first one startled him, but overall he got a big kick out of the bright explosions in the sky!
On our way back to Chattanooga, we stopped at the Ocoee Whitewater Center for a morning of fun. Daddy Adam and Caius strolled along the stone walkways and listened for all of the song birds calling from the Cherokee National Forest all around.
Daddy David and Caius waded in the Ocoee River and saw some fish and dragonflies. The rocks are slippery!
We love family outings. There are so many fun things to do when you live in a beautiful place like the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains just a short, scenic drive from great parks like the Ocoee Whitewater Center.
Back in Chattanooga, Caius commented that he loves visiting the mountains. We do, too, and we're looking forward to creating more family memories like these.