Thursday, July 16, 2015

Other Summer Adventures

We have been having so much fun this summer! Connor was with us for the bulk of June, and in addition to all of our weekend adventures and trips we managed to find some fun things to do here and there.

We checked out the splash pad at our park and got slushes at Sonic.

We took Grandma to dinner and visited McKay's to check out their used movies and books.

Connor attended VBS four days with his friends from our cul-de-sac.

We went to two different programs hosted by the library.

We enjoyed just playing with toys at home.

We of course hit up the neighborhood pool (quite a few times!)

We also went on a family picnic at Arrington Vineyards on a gorgeous night! It was almost June, but it was SO pleasant outside.

We picked up some fireworks and enjoyed shooting them one night.

We watched movies at home. We played video games. We saw one of the $1 movies with our neighbor friends. We went to a few cookouts. We read library books. We went to a family fun center to ride bumper boats and go karts. We cooked yummy meals. As I type up everything we were up to, I can totally see why I never blogged in June. We were too busy living life!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Father's Day Fun

We had a great Father's Day weekend!

On Saturday, the whole family went to Lynchburg to celebrate with both dads - Daddy and Papa!

First, we took the Jack Daniels Distillery tour. My sister, Adam and I had gone before, but it was the first time for everyone else. It's definitely fun.

After the tour, we had lunch at Miss Mary Bobo's. It's just delicious southern food, and we definitely left with full bellies that we needed to walk off by visiting the shops in the town square.

Connor was excited to give Papa his card and gift, too!

Connor with Daddy and Papa!

Meredith and I with our dad

On Sunday, Connor helped me cook an extra special breakfast for Daddy. It was delicious if I do say so myself.

We also opened presents. Connor was pretty excited to give him the screwdrivers and stud finder that we knew Daddy wanted!

He was even more excited to give him the goblet that he painted all by himself at the pottery place (one of our activities earlier in his summer break that we had to keep a secret!)

We spent the afternoon taking a tour of the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville. It was pretty neat.

That night, we wrapped up a great Father's Day weekend at the drive-in movie to see Jurassic World!

I am so thankful to have a great dad of my own and to have a husband who is such an amazing Daddy to Connor. Adam is the best father in the world, and Connor is so lucky to have him!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Visiting Family in Little Rock

Adam's brother and his family live in Little Rock, and we hadn't seen them since our wedding almost two years ago! So we decided to take a weekend to go visit.

On our way over, we stopped in Memphis to check out the new Bass Pro Shop inside the Pyramid. It was neat to wander around a bit.

We made it to Little Rock and had dinner with Tony and his wife and daughter before calling it a night. Saturday we decided to explore Little Rock a bit. It ended up being a little rainy, so we went to a children's museum for the afternoon. Connor loves tinkering with things at those places!

After the museum, we went to dinner with everyone and enjoyed some delicious steaks. Connor absolutely loves Tony, so he of course had to sit by him.

We spent the evening shooting some guns in the back yard (this is a thing in Arkansas it seems) and hanging out together.

On Sunday, Tony took us to a state park to hike up a little mountain. The view at the top was totally worth a somewhat tough climb up and down. Little man did great and had a ton of fun! It started pouring on us on the climb down, but it just made it a bigger adventure.

We had to hit the road back home, but it was so great to get to see family!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Spontaneous Beach Trip

Several months ago, Adam and I decided it was time to go camping with Connor. We picked a state park and reserved a spot for his first weekend of the summer with us. When the time came around, the forecast called for rain. Sadly, we cancelled.

As luck would have it, the forecast changed overnight and we found ourselves on Friday morning with a beautiful weekend and no plans. Around lunchtime, I asked what he thought about a weekend trip to the beach. Within an hour we had booked a hotel room and started packing.

We told Connor as soon as he got home, and he was SO excited!!! He couldn't believe we just decided we would get in the car and go! We drove down to Pensacola, stopping at Steak N Shake for dinner, because obviously.  It was a little late by the time we got there, but we crashed and were up bright and early to hit the beach!

We spent the whole day relaxing and playing on the beach or in the water. It was gorgeous! It was hot, but there was a nice breeze. The water was the perfect temperature.

We ended the afternoon by renting a jet ski and taking little man out on one for his first time. It was fun to do that with him, but they definitely don't let you go far. An hour was plenty of time to putter around.

After that, we headed to the hotel to clean up and relax a bit. I think we were all a little drained from a day in the sun!

We had dinner at Peg Leg Pete's, and it was delicious. All of the seafood was so fresh that I'm pretty sure they caught it off their back porch. It made for a really great way to end our day.

We were up early again on Sunday to get in as much beach time as possible! We spent another 4-5 hours relaxing and playing in the sun!

We had enjoyed Peg Leg Pete's so much the night before that we decided to go again for a late lunch before we hit the road home.

It was a quick trip, but it was so worth it to be able to relax a bit on a beach and enjoy this kind of family time!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DMB in Hotlanta

Adam and I spent the last weekend in May going to see Dave Matthews Band in Atlanta. We realized as we drove down on Friday that even though it's not far away and we've been through Atlanta umpteen dozen times, we've never really done much in the city. I think other than the DMB show he and I saw there in 2009 and then a few trips to Six Flags, I really haven't spent any time there other than in the airport.

When we got to town, we hit up the Sweetwater Brewery. We took the free tour and enjoyed the free samples (our favorite is Sweetwater Blue), but we felt completely out of place. It's hard to explain. We were too old. We were married. We weren't very preppy. It was sort of an odd feeling.

After the brewery, we headed downtown to The Vortex. Several friends recommended it, and it did not disappoint. Very cool vibe and really delicious burgers.

We decided to be tourists on Saturday and headed to The World of Coca-Cola. We opted for the VIP tour, and it was really neat to learn all sorts of things about coke. Trying the samples of soft drinks around the world was also pretty fun, although some were truly terrible.

Adam wanted to check out the fairly new College Football Hall of Fame, so we headed over there next after grabbing some hot dogs from a street vendor for lunch. 

By this point, it was time to head to the concert. It always feels like summer when it's time to see Dave!

The show was great, and we were seated next to some fun people. That always makes a DMB show even better.  The only negative of our whole trip was leaving the concert. It was clear that they had no concept of how to properly direct traffic to get out of the parking lot, so it took forever. By the time we finally left, we were cranky and hungry since we only had a snack at the show. Never fear - there was a Waffle House near our hotel. We hit it up and had what I think may very well be the very best WaHo experience I've ever had.

We slept in Sunday morning and then made the drive back to Nashville. We won't see DMB again until the end of the summer, but it'll be fun to follow the setlists over the next couple of months and think about what we might get to hear next time!