Tuesday, April 16, 2013


on April 4, I turned 30 years old!! I love growing older, each birthday is more of a blessing.

this year, Ben wanted to do something really special for me. he planned out a fun getaway for us.
2 weeks before my birthday, he told me we would be spending the night in Nashville! He got us a room at the Opryland Hotel & he arranged for his parents to keep the kids on Thursday & my mom kept them on Friday!

we dropped off the kids on Thursday morning around 10am. I was a little nervous to leave Judah for the first time overnight. We even talked about taking him with us bc he's such an easy baby. but, we ended up leaving him since it was only an overnight trip.

We got to Nashville around 1:30. We were too early for check-in. so we drove to the Opry Mills mall and ate lunch at Chuy's. it's FANTASTIC tex-mex food. we walked around the mall for about 45 minutes and then we headed to the hotel.

neither of us had actually stayed at the Opryland Hotel before, we had only walked through it once. We were blown away by our room & the view. We had a balcony in the Cascades Atrium. we were over looking the big waterfall & all the greenery is just beautiful.
We walked around the hotel for awhile and then we headed to our room to get ready for dinner. We drove to mid town to eat at our favorite Italian place, Maggianos. It is the absolute best Italian food ever. Everything is made from scratch, so it's really fresh. We had the most delicious meal followed by cappuccino & tiramisu.
We drove back to the hotel & decided to sit in a pub to listen to some music. We had fun just relaxing & talking and staying up past 10pm, haha!!

Friday morning we slept in until about 9. we lounged around the room and sat on the balcony. We checked out at 11 & headed to brunch at Pancake Pantry. we stood in line for about an hour but it was totally worth it. best blueberry pancakes of my life. :)
We drove back to Opry Mills mall. Ben had saved up some money & gave it to me to go shopping!!! SO fun!! I got some great deals at Gap outlet, Old Navy outlet & Vera Bradley outlet. we left the mall around 3:45 and drove to Franklin. We ate at Puckett's Grocery on the way home. it's one of the best places I've ever eaten. Ever. BBQ, chicken & burgers. delish.
We started our drive home around 5:30 and we were so excited to pick up our kids from my mom. Jack & Jovie were excited bc they knew we were bringing home a treat from the Disney outlet! :)

We had such a fun, relaxing time together. I'm SO thankful for my hard working, loving husband. He did a great job planning something he knew I would enjoy. and he made it possible to getaway alone. we love our kids & we love to include them in everything we do but we definitely see the benefit to a little alone time every now & then. it's always so encouraging to have each other's undivided attention.

can't wait to plan something fun for Ben's 30th birthday in December!!

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