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Family Vacay: Nashville, TN

We had a short trip to Nashville this weekend with the hubs family and let me tell you – we had a blast.  I absolutely loved the variety of music the city had to offer. Nashville really is music city.

The four of us ( hubs, SIL, BIL and I) loaded into my car on Thursday late afternoon and hit the road – after a mini hail storm. We drove through Greenville, TX and then 10 minutes later on the radio they announced that a tornado was on the ground in Nashville. That may or may not have lead me to slam on the gas to get out of there!  We ended up spending about 7-8 hours of the trip in awful rain. Lucky for me my leg of the trip was rain free – just had to avoid the hail and tornadoes. 😉

We got to Nashville around 7:00am on Friday morning, at breakfast at the hotel with the in-laws and then headed downtown. We walked around a bit, toured the beautiful Ryman Auditorium. They were prepping for a concert so we were’t able to get on stage.  The history of that place is beautiful. I fell in love with country music all over again in Nashville. Seriously.

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After the tour we walked around and explored downtown Nashville a bit more. The SIL and I tried on beautiful dresses at the Bettie Page store. I fell in love with one particular dress and I’m now regretting not buying it. Might have to make another trip to Nashville.

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We met our friend, Rob, who happened to be in town as well for lunch at The Pharmacy. I would definitely go back there the next time we happen to be in Nashville. The burger was one of the best I’ve had. The bread was delicious and loved their fries!  Not to mention they had a great beer/cider selection.

After lunch we headed to the hotel to get ready to head to Opryland for the Grand Ole Opry.  We had such a great time at the concert.  I absolutely love the history of the Grand Ole Opry and all the music talent they bring in. Love that they want to showcase a bunch of different music styles and the entertainment was awesome. We got to hear Kree Harrison, Ricky Skaggs, Bobby Osborn & Rock Top Express, The Willis Clan, MercyMe and a few others.  It was MercyMe’s first time performing at the Opry and they did a pheomenal job. I cried just about the whole way through I Can Only Imagine and loved their two new songs they showcased. Looking forward to buying the album.

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Then on Saturday we had a delicious breakfast at the Frothy Monkey in Franklin, TN and store hopped for a couple hours. We made our way into a store called, Philanthropy, and were surrounded by worship music as we walked in the door. They donate 10% of their in-store profits to charity and 100% of their online purchases!  Loved their clothes and looking forward to shopping online!

Then we made our way back downtown to the Country Music Hall of Fame for the afternoon. Loved learning about the heritage of country music and learning about different artists. There was a Reba exhibit and I really enjoyed learning about her history. I’ve always been a fan of her music!

 

 

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After we finished touring the museum I ventured down the hall and found the Hatch Print Show space and loved getting to see their letterpress studio. I purchased a print for my kitchen and I cannot wait to show it off once I have it framed!

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Then we headed to Rippy’s for some delicious ribs.  I mean, seriously. These ribs were fall off the bone good. And I loved their spicy BBQ sauce!

We ended the night by walking around listening to street music and trying to find another bar to listen to some local music but they were all so crammed it was hard to find any space for the six of us.

All in all, I’d say it was a successful trip to Nashville filled with great food, music and family time. I could definitely go back there on a regular basis. It’d be dangerous if we lived there! I’d want to be out listing to music all the time!

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Until next time. 🙂

 

 

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Celebrating Mom!

This weekend was a fun-filled weekend that I will hopefully have more time later to delve into details.  But I wanted to share our family’s Sunday.  As many of you know, Sunday was Mother’s Day.  A time to really let Mom know how much she means to you.

Let me give you a little insight into my mom.  She is a prayer warrior, a wonderful encourager, a guidance counselor, a coach, a friend, a mother, a grand mother, a sister, and so much more.  She has the type of faith that I hope one day I have.  She has a relationship with the Lord that is just inspiring.  I go through each day wanting to live my life for the Lord like my mom does.  She has more strength than anyone I know.  Our family has been through so much over the past two years and my mom has even proven how much stronger she is through it all.

Below is a picture of my mom and me that is on my bulletin board at work next to two pictures.  A picture of my dad & me and a picture of the hubs & me.  I was a mess on that dance floor with my mom, and I’m sure our guests that day didn’t know how to handle it.  But I was honored that my mom would dance with me….and you know what?  I could feel my dad dancing right along with us in heaven.  Though it was a dance full of tears – they were both of sadness and joy all at the same time.  Talk about some messy love. 🙂

The family got together to celebrate the mom’s in our family and also two family birthdays.  I hope you got a little insight into how awesome my mom is.  So thankful the Lord chose me to be one of her daughters and so excited to see how the rest of the story unfolds!

I hope one day I can be the mom to my daughters that my mom has been to me.  Such a woman of faith, inspiration and grace.  Love you, Mom!

Kat