Nostalgia {x100}

This weekend, I road-tripped myself down to Nashville LIKE A BOSS. The hubs was out of town on a fun, long weekend, so I decided to bring the Pupster Ryman along with me for the ride. She loves playing with my in-laws’ mini-doxie, Minnie Pearl. While this photo is a bit deceiving, since it took her TWO HOURS to settle in, I just have to say how much I love this little bugger and how much I miss her. She’s staying the week with the in-laws and Ms. Pearl since we are planning to drive back down again on Easter weekend.

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Once she arrived, she settled in quite happily to the sunshine of Tennessee, and her and Ms. Pearl got right to playing…

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Nothing better than sunshine and barking at squirrels…

Two little rascals.

Meanwhile, I was in town for a Chapter Leadership Conference at Vanderbilt. Basically, all the presidents of the Vandy chapters across the country get together to share ideas and learn more about how to be ambassadors to our chapters. It’s a great time!! They put us up in a brand new hotel right across the street from my old college dorms. I stared out my window for a solid ten minutes thinking about all the wonderful times I had in those tall, ugly buildings. Junior and senior year… OH. Cue: I wish I could go back to college.

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Oh, Towers.

The night before my graduation, my mom just could not understand why I wouldn’t want to stay in her hotel room instead of in my ugly dorm room, which had already been stripped of just about everything except my bedding, a lamp, and my graduation gown. I just couldn’t leave! I didn’t want to leave!! I was happy to graduate, but it was by far not a very joyous occasion. I was a “late bloomer” as far as college is concerned. Coming in as a naive freshman, it too me a year to get my bearings and another year to settle in. I mean, the first two years were great, but the SECOND TWO YEARS were AMAZING. And they were spent in those high-rise brick boxes pictured above.

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The admissions building. The first building I remember seeing on my very first visit to VU.

Being back on campus this weekend felt so special. I worked for the university for the first five years of my career. I took for granted being there every single day. It was my work place more than my alma mater. Now that I’ve taken some space, coming back feels like I am truly revisiting the wonderful place of my 18-22-year-old-self, and I just can’t describe it. If you loved your college experience, then I think you know what I mean. Anyway, cheers to nostalgia, college, and the best of memories. I know that more amazing memories are coming down the road, but man, nothing will ever be quite like those four years. Am I right, or am I right?

The Escape Game *Nashville*

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While visiting Nashville over New Years, me + the hubster + sister-in-law + her hubster + hubster’s best friend + his wifey all got together to attempt The Escape Game.

It. Was. Awesome.

For the record, we did not escape. BUT we were in the hardest room (The Heist) which only has a 27% escape rate…

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The best way I can explain it is that it’s like the movie Saw (tons of clues you have to piece together for a specific end-goal), but it’s not scary. You have one hour to escape the room. I’d like to think we were a group of six highly educated adults, but we were only sort of kind of close to getting out. But we had a blast doing it!!

Next time, another room. This would be so fun for a girls night, a birthday, an office outing…pretty much anything!

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In-laws in the middle, friends on the outside. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!

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That’s us! Party of 2.

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A Fun Wedding Weekend

In college, one of my main friend groups formed out of our campus’s Presbyterian Student Fellowship. I found this group early in my Freshman year, and I can’t begin to explain the life-long relationships I formed from it. So naturally, it’s pretty exciting when any of us have exciting life events, especially weddings when we all get to see each other!!

our PSF alumni!

our PSF alumni!

This year has been THE YEAR of weddings. With nine invitations, we have very sadly not been able to afford to go to all of them. Seeing friends and celebrating new marriages are two of my favorite things in the whole world, and it makes me so sad to miss some of them. Because of this, I am also grateful to be present at the ones I’m able to be present at!

Love these ladies!

Love these ladies!

This weekend also had the added bonus of being in Nashville, which is always extra fun for the Hubster and me. Just love getting dressed up with this man! Hope you all had a great weekend too!

Me and my man!

Me and my man!

A Sweet Family Wedding

I just have to share a few photos and words about the sweetest family wedding that the hubs and I attended in Nashville last weekend. Jonathan’s aunt Kathy (sister to his mama) got married over the weekend, to a wonderful man and family. It was just about 25 people or so – immediate family – at the newlyweds new gorgeous home in Murfreesboro.

Everything was so perfect! God is good, and it was so clear on Saturday that He brings people together precisely when they need to be put together. It’s a beautiful thing!

Thad Cockrell {Rosalyn}

So it would appear that I posted about this song four years ago, after attending an amazing night in the round at The Bluebird, and it has recently popped back into my head.

I was obsessed with this song (and artist) the minute I heard it. It’s beautiful, and unexpected. I’ve listened to more of Thad Cockrell’s music since then, and read a bit about him, finding that his goal is “to put the hurt back in country music.” Love that. He’s a solid Christian guy (love that) who doesn’t write every single song about God (love that) but is strong in his convictions (love that). Basically, love him, love you guys, and I love this song, so I’m passing it on to you (again). Enjoy it!

Meghan Trainor of Nashville

It’s no secret that there are about a million and one young people in Nashville trying to “make it,” whether that’s as a singer, songwriter, or a performer. And there are tons of successful songwriters who you will never even notice, because their music is sung by the really big big shots. At only 20-years-old, Meghan Trainor (high five on spelling of your first name!!) has taken a step from songwriting to performing with today’s release of her first single, All About That Bass. The song is catchy, and definitely the perfect fun summer song. Mostly, I just love her voice. It’s unique enough that she doesn’t have to live in the songwriter world for the rest of her career if she doesn’t want to. Can’t wait to see what else she comes up with. Enjoy this fun, summery video! Happy Monday!

Nashville Weekend

Things have been busy around here, but last weekend my hubby and I took a break from the snow, and surprised his parents for the weekend in Nashville. Not only was the weather insanely balmy compared to what we’ve been used to, but we got to spend some quality time with family and a few friends.

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We even brought our little pup along! It was sort of an experiment to see how she would do, and it couldn’t have gone better. We wore her out in the airport before the flight, and she made a lot of friends (I mean, who couldn’t resist that little face?) By the time the plane started moving, we put her in her carrier under the seat, and she was out cold.

We came prepared though – I made a few of these little baggies for the folks sitting around us. Even though she never made a sound, I think they all appreciated the gesture. Thanks to Christen and her parents for this inspiration 🙂

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Over the weekend, she made fast friends with my in-laws and her adopted mini-dachshund cousin, Minnie Pearl (who wasn’t too sure about Ryman at first)…

photo 1 (2)photo 3 (2) photo 3It was so sunshiny and beautiful, especially on Sunday. Ryman did a little basking in this foreign thing called THE SUN, and we even made a little trip to the Nashville Flea Market (which I miss SO MUCH).photo 2 (2)

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Needless to say, it was pretty tough to come back to snow drifts on our car. But yet, it was a nice reminder that spring WILL come, hopefully before we know it!photo 1

Hope you guys are having a great week!