Annual Storytelling Festival

annual-storytelling-festival Hey guys! I didn't fall off the face of the earth, I swear! We left on Thursday for our annual trip to Jonesborough, Tennessee and I guess I totally slipped into vacation mode! Oops!

It's a family tradition to go to the Storytelling Festival in Tennessee every October. We go with Aaron's family who have been attending for more then 20 years, and stay at the same bed and breakfast every year; the inn-keeper, Marcy, is like family!

Well, I became part of the tradition six years ago when Aaron proposed at Marcy's breakfast table. I blogged about Aaron's proposal (naturally!) (you can read that here), and I've been blogging about the festival ever since! You can see photos of last year's trip here and here. The Storytelling Center even did a little write-up about us -- you can read that here!

The trip was great, it always is! The town was bustling with families, like ours, huddling in tents, listening to stories, and crowding Main Street, shopping and eating ice cream. For me, it's always so fun to see what's new in town. This year I noticed they added this mural, which I love!

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Also new this year was my mom! It was her first time going with us on the trip and she had a blast! Over the years she's listened to me rave about our annual trip to Jonesborough; the proposal; the people; the stories; all of it! And finally, she got to see it for herself! She described the experience as enchanting (the quaint town, Marcy's bed and breakfast, the time with family) of course, we were thrilled she came along.

It was really nice do this with her and my in-laws all at once; blending two families isn't easy, but when it happens, it's oh so rewarding!

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Of course the weekend went by too fast and it's back to the real world tomorrow!

What did you do this weekend? 

Do you take any annual trips?

Do you ever travel with your family?