the Paladinos

Vacation! Roadtrip…

Sunday, November 2, 2014 by Leslie Paladino

The kids are currently out on their 2 week Fall break for our year round school.  To me this is the biggest perk of year round school.  It’s my favorite month of the year with beautiful weather, changing  trees and fall clothes (aka no more shorts weather!!).  And a great time of year to take a vacation.  I’ve been telling Michael that we need to go somewhere during the fall break for about a year.  BUT I hate planning vacations.  I don’t know why but I put it off as long as possible.  Which this year was literally the week before we left.  We knew we wanted to go somewhere outdoorsy where we could enjoy the fall foliage and see some out of the norm wildlife.  So I asked some girlfriends for recommendations and one suggested Gatlinburg.  So off we went! 

It’s a 12 hour drive which we broke up into 2 days.  By far the longest road trip we’ve ever taken.  We went the scenic route which again was decided the night before with little research or thought.  It ended up working out perfectly though.  We stopped when we wanted to or needed to and just took our time. 

When we crossed the TN border we saw a sign for Patti’s 1880’s Settlement and thought we would pull off and check it out.  It ended up being the cutest/oddest little village and we stayed for a few hours.  They had antique stores, a boutique, mini zoo, a few other shops and an amazing restaurant with huge meringue pies.  One of my favorite desserts!!  It was a great start to our vacation!


A little harbor across the street.


Happy Halloween!

Saturday, November 1, 2014 by Leslie Paladino

Elsa from Frozen and Peter the construction worker (complete with a MOM tat!)

And this year we added a third trick or treater with construction worker Daddy!   Thanks Papa Mike for letting us borrow the gear.

Gabby’s Baptism

Saturday, November 1, 2014 by Leslie Paladino

I’m a few weeks late on this one but definitely didn’t want to skip an update on it.  Our Gabby girl was baptized a few weeks ago on October 12th!  She’s been talking about giving her life to Christ for a while.  But Michael and I kept encouraging her to wait just to make sure that she understood the decision she was making.  We didn’t want her to have any doubt about her salvation later.  After church camp this year she asked again and we felt like she understood what she was doing.  So she prayed and gave her life to Jesus on June 27th!  Such an amazing time as a parent to see our prayers answered for our baby girl.  Prayers continue as she grows in her faith and relationship with our Savior. 


Gabby’s BFF who was also baptized that day

No celebration would be complete without cake and presents!