This past weekend, I was able to sneak away for a few days to Nashville to visit my sister, her husband, and their dog, Meah. It was KID FREE! My sweet sweet hubby agreed to let me have a sister weekend and he stayed home with Isaac. It was both awesome to get away and be refreshed.... and heartbreaking to miss my little buddy. (But mostly awesome!)
Before I go any further, I want to apologize to those who also catch up with me on instagram. You'll see lots of repeat pics. We had tons of fun, but I didn't take pics of much. Well, the important stuff. Like Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
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We spent an afternoon in downtown Franklin, TN, which was really delightful. They have a fun little area with lots of cute shops and yummy restaurants. The weather was perrrrrrrrrrfect. I don't think it ever got warmer than about 77 degrees and only sprinkled for a few hours Monday afternoon (the day I left). So it was totally ideal for walking and shopping and eating and chatting. You'll quickly find that much of my trip recap centers around food. After we left Franklin, Duane took us on a scenic drive around Nashville. It is such a beautiful area, and since I live at 11ft above sea level, the "foothills" around Nashville were seriously like mountains. Basically, my sister lives on a mountain.
On Friday, we drove over to Opry Mills and did some more shopping and eating. Nobody can turn down Chuy's creamy jalapeño dip, so that's where we did lunch.
And I bought baby M a little outfit! (and maybe a few things for myself also...) Isaac loves pointing out the letters on the little pants! Cant wait to put my little munchkin in them!
Of course, I'd be an idiot to go all the way to Nashville and not hear some live music. Especially with a musician brother in law! Friday night, Casey and I went to one of Duane's gigs, which was a ton of fun. I was really impressed by the quality of music, but Casey reassured me that Nashville is packed with super talented musicians! Duh, Mims. We'd talked several times about hitting up a concert while I was in town, but that never materialized. I may or may not have fallen asleep on the couch at like 8:30 one night, so there's that.
During some of our down time (we couldn't shop every minute of the trip! I'd never get the "okay" to leave again! hahaha!), we played games and I somehow ended up with the worst Dutch Blitz deal EVER. I'm pretty sure Casey ended up winning that game. We also went on lots of walks with Meah, cooked a few of our own meals, and I was introduced to Sherlock on Netflix. On Sunday, I went to church with them (Lifechurch.tv Hendersonville campus), had some Zaxby's for lunch, and went hiking that afternoon! Casey and Duane love spending time outdoors and took me over to a park/trail and I huffed and puffed my way through over 3 miles of mountain terrain. Again, Casey reminded me that they're technically just "foothills." I reminded her again that I'm used to living at 11ft above sea level. Regardless, it was a lot more fun than I ever anticipated. Maybe I even worked off one of those doughnuts?
I had a fantastic weekend with these two kids. Flying without a toddler??? Peaceful to the point of almost being boring. It was awesome to get a break from diapers, dishes, toys, and the constant mama? mama? mama? mama? mama? I got a chance to sleep in every morning (still woke up at the same typical time of course) and I never once made my bed. It took me a while to get off of "toddler time," meaning I kept thinking we needed to be home for naps, normal meals, and bedtimes. I am so appreciative to my sister and her hubby for accommodating me for several days!
And of course, being reunited with my little boy (and husband too) after several days and lots of miles between us was really sweet. It was a perfect little refreshing getaway that this mama needed!