my home

i'm fortunate enough, that my parents still live in the house i grew up in.  i still refer to that house as "my home", and i believe i always will.  i recently returned from a quick visit, and i always go through a sort of depression once i get back.  not to be too gloomy, but it's the one place i go where i truly feel like myself.  every inch of that house is filled with so many memories, like... the foyer where the easter bunny would leave baskets for my brother and i every easter morning.  or my drafty bedroom where i spent countless hours studying awful subjects like calculus, had sleepovers with my friends, and dreamed of what my life would be like when i grew up (turns out, it's not like an episode of beverly hills 90210 as i had wished).  even our driveway where i would roller skate for hours pretending like i was kristi yamaguchi in the 1992 olympics (man, i sure am dating myself here), and where many tear-filled goodbyes have been said.  

anyways, i guess what i'm trying to say is, that when i go home, it's a reminder of all the changes that have happened over the years... and it makes me sad to think that things won't always be the same as they are now.  my dad won't always be able to wash and detail my car when i come home, my mom won't always be able to spend hours cooking delicious meals in our tiny kitchen, and my dog bentley won't always be there to greet me when i walk through the door.  the biggest part of me want's to quit adulting, move back home, and stop time from turning.  but, until i can make that happen... i suppose all there is to do is to soak in every moment i get to spend at home with those i love the most, and continue to fill our house with memories.

here's a few pics from my weekend, and from my home in florida:

the road leading up to my parents' driveway... the best sight to see after an 8 hour drive!

there's nothing like coffee and homemade blueberry muffins in the morning.

my parents have a legit pet tortoise, timmy.  (post & video of my mom feeding him, here)!

my gorgeous mama!

this little guy owns the biggest piece of my heart!
i'm pretty sure this staghorn fern is older than i am.

spanish moss *sigh*

we've always called this our "family tree" because there's four of them growing together :)

what do you think lives in there?

goodbyes get tougher every time.

the ones i love most!  also, this may have been before another tear-filled goodbye on the driveway.


nashville state of mind

well, i've finally recovered from my food coma from our visit to nashville, and managed to download our pictures (and make a little video too, of course).  we visited nashville in early october of last year for a vanderbilt vs. florida game (go gators)!  we had a wonderful time, but definitely decided that we needed to come back for a longer stretch of time to enjoy all that nashville has to offer.  when we saw that one of our favorite bands, shovels and rope, would be performing at the ryman auditorium (the original site of the grand ole opry, by the way) in february, we figured it would be the perfect opportunity to book a return getaway.  here's a look at our getaway (sorry for the ridiculous amount of photos... there's just so much goodness in nashville):

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 we arrived in nashville crazy early (7:45 am to be exact), so our first stop was to the famous biscuit love.  it just so happened to be conveniently located across the street from our hotel, so we actually went there for breakfast twice.  if you go, you MUST get the "bonuts" (see above).  seriously, life changing.

check-in time at our hotel wasn't for a few hours, so we decided to walk to broadway and do some sightseeing!

the world famous tootsies (last time we were in nashville, kid rock gave an impromptu performance here)!


nashville has the coolest floors!

hanging out at the ernest tubb record shop.

we visited the johnny cash museum, which was really cool!  it was really neat to see the handwritten notes by johnny cash describing all of his personal items.  so much nostalgia!

no big deal, just handwritten lyrics to "folsom prison blues" and a few grammys.

guitar designed and played by johnny (this particular one had a beautiful mother of pearl inlay)!

this dress was worn by reese witherspoon in the movie, walk the line!

dolly! 😍

more dolly!! 😍😍

no better way to wait to check-into your hotel room, than with a beer on broadway!

we finally checked in to the hotel!  we stayed at the thompson nashville, and it's definitely in the top five fanciest hotels i've ever stayed at!  also... quick question... is it normal to have emotional feelings for a bathroom?  because this one got me like 🙌

complimentary bathrobes and slippers???  this hotel spares no expense!

adorable patsy cline sketch!

see!  cool floors!

dear interior designer for thompson hotels,
please come to my house next!
-thanks, beth

more cool floors!

guitar laden wall

the perfect boots for cory!  too bad they were over $2000 😳

i had some of the best bloody mary's of my life on this trip!  notice the freshly sliced jalapeno floating about!

i had more hot nashville chicken than the law should allow!

afternoon cocktails at our hotel!

getting ready for the shovels & rope show at the ryman!

our seats were pretty decent! 😜

they do this really cute thing where they share a microphone and rock out!  #relationshipgoals

we even scored a copy of the setlist they used!

my favorite part of our last day was spent lounging on the rooftop of our hotel (l.a. jackson).  we could not have asked for better weather in february (70 degrees, y'all), and the view was incredible!  we enjoyed (some more, haha) bloody mary's, prosecco and beer... and may have toyed with the idea of moving to nashville after consuming said drinks (hey, it is exactly 8 hours from nashville to each of our hometowns.  just sayin').

nashville, you're pretty cool!  till next time!

some other places on our itinerary i would recommend (wherever you go, try to make reservations):

pinewood social: brunch, dinner or drinks & bowling... you can't go wrong with this place
merchants restaurant: we opted for the more casual dining downstairs.  great food and service!
saint añejo: go here for brunch on the weekend.  two for one cocktails and excellent food!
the station inn:  bluegrass dive bar, with reasonably priced beer.
skulls rainbow room:  great late night hangout, in the heart of downtown.
the stillery:  first come, first serve on the top floor... wonderful food & live music!
e. allen boutique:  adorable clothes, great place to shop for a day or night out on the town.