I learned a really important lesson this weekend: The worst laid plans are usually the most fun.
A month or two ago, one of my best friends from home and I began planning her visit to Nashville for New Years Eve. She booked flights, and we went shopping for fancy dresses. Other than that though, we really didn’t have very many plans. Meanwhile Katy invited her friend from home for the weekend as well. It was already destined to be a most excellent weekend.
And then on Wednesday night, I received a call from my cousin — he and a friend decided to get in the car and head to Nashville on Thursday.
If you didn’t already know, I am a planner. Through and through, I need at least some sort of agenda for any vacation or visitors. But I must admit that this weekend turned into likely the most fun I have had in years. It was a non-stop marathon of laughter, and much our time was spent sitting around (a.k.a. recovering), laughing, and sharing stories. Inside jokes were made, pictures were taken, and now, a fond, 4-day memory has been formed.
An added bonus was that Adam and I, who have never spent a moment together outside of family functions, actually became legitimate friends. Turns out we knew very little about each others’ every day lives…you cannot begin to imagine his surprised face when he asked me what I preferred to drink, and I responded, “jack & diet.” I don’t think he was expecting that.
Suffice it to say, the house feels quiet. This weekend it had seven people in it. Now, it’s just back to the three of us. I admit that I had high hopes for the weekend, but it seriously could not have worked out any better. I have never in my life had my expectations exceeded so greatly.
I won’t bore you with too many details, since, for the most part, they are only funny to us. But I will share with you a few highlight photos from the weekend.
My bestie & me before our fancy NYE party.
There was some…um…dancing and such.
Me & cousin Adam!
Our happy little crew.
At the Frist on Sunday afternoon.
All sorts of love all weekend long!!