Christmas Traveling

Why does it always feel like I need a vacation after Christmas vacation?

This year, we traveled from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Knoxville, Tennessee to visit my parents, and we had our cat in tow because we planned on staying a full seven days. We also took two little side-trips: a day trip to Asheville, North Carolina to visit a few friends and an overnight trip to Nashville, Tennessee to be tourists in Music City. That’s a total of about 1,574 miles and 24 hours spent inside of the car, in case you were wondering. No wonder I’m tuckered out!

But it was worth it. The Fonz was excited to have a Christmas with the family (as he’s usually just left behind on his own while we venture out of town for a few days), and he had the chance to catch up on some much-needed snuggle time with his “grandma” (A.K.A. my mom).

The Fonz, making himself comfortable in my mom's chair

The Fonz, making himself comfortable in my mom’s chair

The Fonz snuggling his "grandma"

The Fonz snuggling his “grandma”

 

Opening presents on Christmas morning, Chevy-Chase-style

Opening presents on Christmas morning, Chevy-Chase-style

Also, visiting Asheville and Nashville was great! We packed in meetings with three separate groups of friends while we there (lunch, coffee break, and dinner), though I failed to remember to take pictures. Nashville is a place that we’ve always wanted to visit, but we’ve just never had the chance or the time. My husband thinks he’d like to move there someday, though I feel like I might not be country enough to live inside the city limits. I don’t own a pair of cowboy boots and I don’t know the lyrics to many country songs…

I’d like to to a post or two on some of the interesting places that we went in Nashville, but for now I’ll leave you with a review:

Justin trying on some boots to fit in with the locals

Justin trying on some boots to fit in with the locals

A nativity scene at the Gaylord Opryland Resort

An elaborate nativity scene at the Gaylord Opryland Resort

Broadway in Nashville--the center of musical talent (in the bars and out on the streets) waiting to be discovered. :-)

Broadway in Nashville–the center of musical talent (in the bars and out on the streets) waiting to be discovered. πŸ™‚

A view from the highway of downtown Nashville. Can you guess which building is affectionately nicknamed "the Batman Building"?

A view from the highway of downtown Nashville. Can you guess which building is affectionately nicknamed “the Batman Building”?

I wouldn't be a true fan of the show Nashville if I didn't at least TRY to catch a show at the Bluebird Cafe. As it turns out, reservations must be made WAY in advance to get it, but I'm glad I at least had a glimpse at it from the outside!

I wouldn’t be a true fan of the show Nashville if I didn’t at least TRY to catch a show at the Bluebird. As it turns out, reservations must be made WAY in advance to get it, but I’m glad I at least had a glimpse at it from the outside!

 

Every year, no matter where we go, we always seem to run into the Christmas dragon. He seems to be a feature in every major outdoor light display.

Every year, no matter where we go, we always seem to run into the Christmas dragon. He seems to be a feature in every major outdoor light display.

Merry Christmas from us (and baby-on-the-way)!

Merry Christmas from us (and baby-on-the-way)!

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8 thoughts on “Christmas Traveling

  1. How fun! You had a whirlwind Christmas!! I love the pictures of The Fonz, of course. He does really remind me of Kiki.

    And you look terrific! Hope you’re feeling well!

  2. All day Sunday I was like “I have to remember to get a picture with Rachel when I see her because I didn’t get one with her at her wedding!” And I forgot. I’m so bad at taking pictures :-\

    • Tammy, I didn’t even remember to pack my fancy camera before I left Pittsburgh! All of my photos (mostly in Nashville) were taken on my crappy camera phone. I should have remembered!

      • I need to remember to click that little box to be notified of comments… Anywho, my pictures would’ve been on my phone anyway. Next time… And maybe the three of you will want to come to Chicago!

      • It’s okay, Tammy. Maybe we will plan a trip to visit Chicago during spring break–my last chance before baby comes along!

  3. You were in NASHVILLE?! That’s only 3 hours from me! Granted, I was out of town for Christmas that week, but still! We love Nashville! It’s such a fun city. We haven’t visited in a couple of years which means we are plenty overdue for another visit. By the way, I love that you referenced the show Nashville because I love that show! πŸ™‚ I’d love to go to the Bluebird someday! Glad you had a great Christmas, friend!

  4. You know, we were planning so many side-trips to our Knoxville trip (my husband is pretty much the king of side-trips)…Justin said, “We could visit your blogging friend in Memphis while we’re there!” But then we looked up Memphis on the map and saw that it was kinda far away, tucked into the corner of the state. And I figured you would be out of town for the holidays. But next time we visit my parents in Knoxville (in the summer or fall), we should plan a side-trip to Memphis! πŸ˜‰

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