Tuesday, May 29, 2012

tennesse:day 7-water park and final dinner

when we woke up we decided to go back to loveless cafe for a second time to try out their breakfast. it was delicious of course! we knew that amanda had chemo so we went to spend the day at the water park!
we all had so much fun, especially in the wave pool. it took river awhile to warm up to the slides. we went down each one once and she was not impressed and spent the next few hours in the wave pool. but finally, for whatever reason, she went down with flower and then we couldn't get them off the slides when it was time to go! it was all a blast.

we were all in need of some ice cream to cool us down. we went to a very highly recommended place and it was awesome!

right outside their door someone had chained their bike frame to a post with a note for people to sign it. the girls dug that.

and finally inside to behold the goodness. they highly encourage you to taste every flavor. i liked not feeling guilty asking to try different each one. check out some of their wild flavors on the board.

tired girl with ice cream all over her face. :)
we were all happy campers and flower left them a love note on their black board.
{i love your ice cream very much. love, flower}
we witnessed an almost fight that was pretty funny. as we were cleaning up to head out a very self righteous lady asked us if our dogs were tied up outside. we informed her they weren't ours and she continued asking other patrons and then lectured the culprit for being an irresponsible pet owner and how dare he tie them up in the heat for their pads to get burned. she told him it was bad for their health and so forth and he should be ashamed. he handled it very well and told her to buzz off. he was in there all of 5 minutes as he was picking up a to go order, with a sweet little babe in a stroller in tow. as he was leaving he walked up to her and said, "do you know what you're eating? it's high in fat and sugar and terrible for your health. that's very irresponsible and you should be ashamed." i busted up as i gave him a thumbs up and walked out.
by the time we were done there amanda was calling to find out our plans. we met her and jeannie and family for dinner and our third visit to loveless. the first time i had meat loaf but was having a hard time deciding between that and the pot roast. so i was excited to try the pot roast tonight. fail. they ran out just before our order was put into the kitchen. but oh well. i enjoyed their fabulous meat loaf a second time. it was fun to get to know jeannie a bit more and meet her husband. and the girls adore helena.

i did not want to leave because that would mean good-bye. i walked out and saw a rainbow and it gave me a weird sense of peace.(little did i know the next rainbow i would see would have to do with amanda...the day she passed.)
that was by far the hardest good-bye i've ever said because i was quite certain we wouldn't see her again. we hugged and hugged some more. and then when we got in the car and drove away i sobbed. :(
then we got back to the hotel to discover just how burned i'd gotten that day. joy.
we packed up all of our things and got ready for our early morning departure and i'm pretty sure i cried myself sleep.

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