The goal of our trip was to spend some good old quality time with Ben's college roommate, one of our best friends, Collin. And we sure did achieve that goal! We also got in some sweet time with Meredith.
We had an early flight out of Love Field, about an hour from our house. We left at 4:30 am, making my wakeup call about 3:30. Eek! By the time we got on the plane for our 7am flight, it felt like we were almost in Nashville!
We got in lots of playing and cuddling on the flight. :) I've gotten questions about Beau's armadillo pajamas. They can be found here, and are one of our favorite brands for him. They make me think of when he was a cuddly newborn.
Our first stop straight from the airport was Five Daughters for a delicious donut. I got maple, and Beau enjoyed a bit too! Yum!
We then popped into Draper James. If you've ever been in there before, they always offer you a glass of sweet tea. I don't like it, but they gave us one anyway so we had one extra glass. While I was in the dressing room Ben poured it into Beau's sippy cup and let him go to town. I was horrified when I came out and it was so funny how all of the other ladies in there were cheering Ben on. Needless to say, Beau was in heaven.
The last time we visited this spot I was at the start of my third trimester, and there's my cuddly baby posing on the couch. Really Sweet! In case you hadn't already noticed, the head tilt is his signature "Mama is taking my photo" pose. :)
A sweet photo outside of the store.. REESE WITHERSPOON herself actually liked this photo on Instagram. Life goal achieved!!
After that we stopped by the Belmont University campus to check it out. We walked around and explored for a little bit and Beau napped in his stroller. It had already been a really long day for him!
I loved finding some beautiful Magnolia Blooms!
The boys then dropped me off at The Pharmacy to meet Meredith and Chandra. We missed a pic of all three of us, but Meredith pointed out that we always forget to take photos together so we made sure to get one!
These two photos are actually from the morning in 12th South. I set Beau down to take his photo with the hydrangeas, and he immediately started trying to eat them. Oops! The rest of the night we just spent some sweet time together. We went back to Collin's house and rested, ordered in some hot chicken for dinner, and let Beau wind down from his crazy day.
By 7:30 the next morning we were on the road to Asheville. On the way there we stopped at Cummins Falls State Park. The goal for Ben and Collin was to find a spot to cliff dive (spoiler alert: it was not here) and I just wanted to enjoy the beautiful nature of Tennessee. Beau's only goal was to enjoy the carrier, his favorite thing.
The majority of the hike was along the riverbed. Super out of my comfort zone. :) Four years ago I would have refused this hike altogether. I like trying new things much better now. It's not worth being intimidated.
Collin was snapping pics the whole time and got a huge kick out of me crossing the "deep" part of the river. Ben's theme of the hike was forgetting that Collin and I existed and going ahead with Beau, haha! I will be honest.. hiking through the rocks with Beau made me super nervous. I was confident in Ben but I'm a mama and it just made me antsy. That being said there were literally children of all ages doing the hike themselves. There was a family with a baby a little bit younger than Beau when we reached the waterfall and their baby was literally napping on a rock. That totally erased all feelings of feeling like I was an adventurous gal!!
We made it to the falls.. and this little guy was all tuckered out! :)
Ben and Collin climbed up the falls, and of course got the whistle blown on them a few times. I just sat with my feet in the water and cuddled our boy.
I captioned this on instagram, "no swim diaper, no problems" because I had left the swim diapers in the car. Shortly after this photo, adventurous family offered us an extra one. Haha!! The water was pretty chilly, but Beau enjoyed it and I loved encouraging him to try something new.
His favorite part was snuggling his Daddy and Uncle Collin!!
Ben was passionate about getting a photo that showcased Uncle Collin's man bun. Yikes!!
These girls got in trouble by their mom for coming and getting in our photo.. haha!
I love these boys and the precious life we have together!
The next 3+ hours were spent in the car driving to Asheville. Right when we passed the state line into North Carolina, right in the middle of Smokey Mountain nothingness, Collin realized we had been so deep in conversation that his car was on E. Cue ants in literally all of our pants, because we had no idea how long it had been. Soon after we pulled into Hot Springs, NC and got gas. We were literally dancing with joy! They had free produce at the gas station, hence the squash that made it in this photo.
As soon as we arrived in Asheville, we went straight to our airbnb. I honestly couldn't recommend it enough. It was the perfect location, and our host was lovely. So cozy and perfect for all of us.
I showered, and Ben, Collin, + Beau enjoyed a glass of wine and snacks with our host on the front porch. Then we headed to dinner, stopping at LAB: Lexington Avenue Brewery. We were ravenous and devoured the nacho appetizer. My entree was okay, but those nachos were AMAZING! I never really eat nachos but they were great.
This is a weird photo to end on but it's one Collin snapped of us back at our room, getting ready for Bed. I had a bad headache, and was clearly relaxing and I don't know.. it's just one of those silly real life vacation photos.
And that's the first half of our trip. :)