A few key factors assisted in the memory making of said travels. First being a speeding ticket inside the lovely state of Iowa. Who knew there were state troopers EVERYWHERE and hidden cameras watching. Thankfully we are safe and the Things were none too worried. When the officer approached the car, all we heard from the back was "Way to go Dad". Yeah thanks. We weren't feeling too good about it anyways. The Things were such great traveling companions. At each pit stop they never failed to remind me how old I am becoming and how I'm just like Nani because I have to use the facilities every two hours. Yeah thanks again. After an extremely long day of crossing several states we arrived in Nashville to the shouts and screams of our passengers. And maybe this Mama too! An anxious Mema waited for us at the door and greeted each one of the Things with big hugs like only a grandmother can.
Our few days in Tennessee were scheduled to the max. The Things were given one day to make plans with friends and then family time ruled the roost. We ran them all over Franklin, to the movies, to friends' houses and Thing 4 was even invited to a Predators game by his best buddy, Blake. Lucky ducks. Husband Jared and I squeezed some time in with our friends too and then we played babysitter to our sweet niece Autumn. What a special day. I don't think Mama was too pleased with us though when we taught her how to say "cookie". Ooops. I though that was a privelege of being Uncle and Auntie?
Our trip did not end there. The next morning we did what all families do the day after gorging and we repeated the feast with homemade cinnamon rolls, biscuits and gravy and other familar breakfast foods. I love the South! I love gravy. Amen. I must have been out of practice or just plain overwhelmed by the food because I have no pictures to show for it. Take my word for it, I was a happy girl. Then again we ventured to the park to expend some energy and burn a few calories. That is since we were all worried our cholesterol certainly reached unhealthy levels. It was another sunshine, beautiful day. The cousins went sliding, ran around, climbed and ran some more. And me, well I took pictures of course, exccept for maybe one or two!