I wanted to make a more complete post about last weekend. Last weekend Chris' parents and youngest brother came to see me in Nashville. It was incredibly wonderful to see them and to show them (and in some ways myself) around Nashville.
I really wanted to do things that they would enjoy and I hope that worked out. It was definitely a packed weekend.
They arrived on Friday and Chris & I headed to their hotel to watch the rest of the Brewer's game but we actually left when they went into overtime. We headed to Brown's Diner and ate a whole bunch of cheeseburgers and found out that the Brewers one very quickly in the next inning. Which was awesome.
Saturday we met up and headed out to the Loveless. It was funny because they also had an art sale & bluegrass event going on. It took us an hour and a half to sit down and eat, which at first seemed daunting, but the time went by quite fast. We walked around all the little shops and then played their bag toss game. Chris won. Against both Me & Sam.
I think we all ate a fair amount of their famous biscuits.
After that we headed back downtown and I gave them a tour of Hatch. We also walked around the Ryman Auditorium and went to the Country Music Hall of Fame. After that we headed to The Flying Saucer and had some food and drinks… I had a Rum & Coke with a Vanilla Bean infused Vodka made in Nashville! I'll definitely have to find some more of that because it was pretty killer.
We then headed to Jack's BBQ as Chris has been craving their smoked turkey since January. Sadly, they were out of it (Chris- You just have to come back!). We also ended up standing in front of a group that was also from Wisconsin. So Chris' parents talked to them while we waited in line.
I know you think that Saturday should be over by now, but you don't know how we roll. After Jack's we went to Mike's for Ice Cream. It was just as tasty as always. With full bellies and tired legs, we called it a night.
On Sunday Chris & I headed to Bongo Java's for Coffee, Tea & Internet. After that we met up with the rest of the Dombeck's to have brunch at the Holland House. The food and drinks were amazing, but the service was pretty freaking slow. Usually I'm okay with taking my time eating, but this was even slow for my taste.
It was such a nice day that we decided to go to Cheekwood. It was incredibly pretty there. They had a miniature train set up that traveled around reconstructions of major buildings & locations in Tennessee… I feel like a few of my favorite toddlers would have loved seeing these… especially because they had a Thomas train. Cheekwood also has a sculpture garden. I was pretty happy to find out that they had a James Turrell piece. (Look for the pictures with a large circle). The grounds themselves were beautiful and I think it was really nice to walk around outside on such a nice day.
After Cheekwood we went back to the hotel to catch the rest of the Brewer's game & ate room service appetizers. After the Brewer's won, we headed to Mello Mushroom for Pizza. Chris and I had been there before and the pizza is pretty amazing, but once again our service was awful. We waited about 25 minutes to just get drinks on our table. And we had to ask 3 different people multiple times before they switched the TV to the Packer's game. The pizza was still good.
I absolutely love the Dombeck (and Friel) family. I am incredibly lucky to be with someone with such an amazing family. After we ate they bought my groceries. I know that sounds like a somewhat easy thing to do, but my money situation is pretty rough right now and getting groceries was an amazing, wonderful and kind thing to do for me and I am so grateful for it and I cannot begin to thank them enough for everything they have done for me this weekend and for the past (almost) five years.
On Monday morning Chris and I met up with everyone for breakfast before I had to go to Hatch and everyone else had to drive home. It was a wonderful weekend and I really hope everyone had as much fun as I did.