Monday, October 19, 2015

Girls' Weekend

I got to go up to Nashville recently to visit some friends and two sets of cousins. Emily, my dearest friend in the world, recently moved back there with her husband. I am so glad to have her back down south!  I missed my babies while on the trip, but it was a needed "brain break" and refresher for me. I told a friend that by the end of the weekend I had remembered what it felt like to be carefree! I would not trade the responsibilities of my life for the world, but carefree is a nice thing to feel every now and then!

I love Franklin. 
I had not been able to spend as much time there as I'd like in the past, but the little Nashville suburb is cute and quite hopping, actually. I loved the little shops and restaurants. I'm so glad for Emily that she lives in such a fun place that is so close to all the amenities of Nashville! 

Rolling hills near her house: 

Me and two Emilys. So thankful for each of them in my life. 

Me, Babington, and Tricia. I loved seeing these sweet friends and catching up. Babs is a youth director at a local church, and Tricia is a nurse practitioner. I also finally got to meet Tricia's sweet baby boy, Grayson! 

The last night I was there Em and I went on a girl date and went to see Grace Potter at the new Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville. 

This girl has got some serious pipes:

I would highly recommend this venue! Small enough to be intimate and comfy but in the middle of downtown, with the skyline rising above the stage in the background. So cool. 

While I was gone, Taylor was in Wyoming on a hunt with his dad and brother. Looks like I will be cooking lots of elk meat this winter! 

I missed these little guys terribly, but they were quite well taken care of (read: spoiled) by their Mimi and Doc. 

They were not any worse for the wear, believe me! 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Zoo Day and a Birthday Party

This past Saturday was a big day for the Sledge boys! We got up early and after seeing Taylor off to Oxford for a speaking engagement, T.Mark, Amos and I headed out to meet a group from our Sunday School class at the zoo. T.Mark was extremely excited. Amos was cold, a little sleepy, and not so sure about the situation. Ha! 

The first big animal (relatively speaking!) that we saw was this little pygmy hippo. 

The flamingos were a big hit. There was some other bird (the brown one in the foreground) that was either sleeping or trying to stay warm, and had tucked its head around backwards between its shoulders so you couldn't see it. This blew T.Mark's mind. Ha! 

By this time Amos had warmed up, literally and figuratively. Here was his reaction when I pointed out the "big pink birds": 

Amos and some sweet friends: 

The tiger was also a favorite. However, I did not like at all how he paced back and forth, looking hungry, right in front of my baby! 

I think T.Mark's very favorite animal was the giraffe. I'm curious--surely this guy is contained by an electric fence? The little wall around his paddock was only about 3 feet high--significantly below his knees! I kept thinking he was about to step over it and walk up to say hi. 

The carousel was also a big hit:

Here is the whole crew:

We joined some more Sunday School friends for lunch at Sal and Mookies, headed home for naps and then hopped right back up to head to our friend Nora Lynn's third birthday party. 

Amos, me, Carolyn Grace, and May May:

Kim and Wren. She looks more like her mama every time I see her! 

The amount of sand I dumped out of his pants after this was impressive: 

Happy birthday Nora Lynn!