Sisters' Weekend 2011

I figured I'd better get off my rear and post before everybody went away!  I guess I've just been lazy lately...well, that, and I really haven't been doing much of anything lately!
This past weekend was our "Sisters' Weekend".    Have I mentioned how much I love my sisters?  Maybe once or twice?

In the past we've gone to a touristy town about an hour from here.  We would go shopping at the outlet stores on Saturday morning and hit a bookstore before going back to the condo.  This year, we thought about going to Nashville, but then decided we'd better stick close to home.  My mom has some things going on with her back (she thought it was her hip at first) and we wanted her to be there.  So, we rented a cabin not too far from here, near a town called "The Peaceful Side of the Smokies".  The cabin was secluded and quiet:
We decided we didn't miss shopping at all. It was more relaxing and a lot less stressful not having to fight the traffic to get to the outlet stores.  The cabin had 2 hot tubs, but we only used one Friday night.  (2 of my sisters couldn't figure out how to get the jets on the other one going!)
Saturday morning, we had a "zumba" session.  One of my sisters is a certified zumba instructor, so she held a session for us.  It was a LOT of fun!  If we felt the need to yell something out, we did.
Saturday afternoon some of us watched the UT game, my SIL read, and one of my sisters graded papers.  At halftime we took a little nature walk.
Another one of my sisters is a Master Gardener, and she can point out plants and rattle off a million things about them.
This sister is the "Master Griller".  She grilled shrimp on Friday night, and steak on Saturday.
She brought the bottle of wine because she is the "Middle Sister".
Saturday night we played Cranium (although I'm pretty sure we made up our own rules!) and Bananagram.  My SIL (who accused us of being super competitive) was the "pot-stirrer":  she brought a few games for us to play.  We all behaved and didn't pout or cry when we lost.  We may have thrown a few choice names around, but we behaved.  Incredible.
Sunday morning we got up, ate breakfast, and packed up.  Before we left, we found this little guy on the deck:
Interesting little creature, isn't he?  My Master Gardener sister check it out.  He's an American Dagger Moth Caterpillar.  I looked around to see if I could find something interesting about him, but came up with nothing.
That was Sisters' Weekend 2011.  We decided to go back next year, especially since we have the "heads up" on extra things to bring (bar soap, beach towels, paper towels, dvd player, etc.).


  1. What a fun weekend! I love that you went on a nature walk at half time! Can I be your sister?

  2. We played Cranium with friends this weekend. We cannot get thru those humming questions without dying laughing.

    Looks like you had a nice weekend!

  3. Sounds like a perfect weekend ... time with sisters in a nice, secluded get-away. What fun you all had!

  4. What a great weekend! I would have loved to have a sister! Not there's anything wrong with all my brothers of course...

  5. What fun! I don't have any sisters, so I've always been envious of those who DO have sisters. It's looks like a fun weekend - great pictures!

  6. Sounds heavenly! And gives me an idea....

  7. I want a sister's weekend!!! My family loves Cranium and really gets into all board games. It sounds like an amazing weekend. I hope your mom is OK.

  8. I always wanted sisters. Glad you had such a good weekend with yours.

  9. What an awesome weekend :).

    We love cranium and other games (and may or may not have been known to throw game pieces at one another).

  10. I love Cranium....which one was Debbie???? LOL. I wish I had some sisters. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  11. What a great trip! Thanks for sharing! xo, laura

  12. Sounds like a wonderful weeking--both fun and relaxing. What a blessing to have sisters!

  13. I have three brothers. Can I go with y'all next year? LOL

    What a great time!

  14. FUN! I am pretty sure that I should have been there with y'all. :)

  15. You could be a Poster Child for "family" and I love that.
    Wonderful that all you "girls" enjoy being together!

  16. Mary! Has it been a year already since your last weekend? Time keeps speeding up.

    So happy that you all were able to get together and had to chuckle at the Zumba thing. I'm sure Mama didn't particpate? Or did she do the yelling out every once in awhile ;)

    What a peace filled weekend and so happy you had the time!

  17. I think it is soo cool you guys do this!! I bet it is the highlight of all of you/your sisters' year!


  18. I can't believe you have so many sisters. That is so cool! So glad you could all get together like that.

  19. Dang. You have so many sisters, why be so greedy? I don't have ONE. Share.
    Your weekend looks are really blessed.
    I love zumba!


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