nashville {june 2019}

I headed up to Nashville at the end of June for a long overdue reunion with my girlfriends from Zeta. This was the first time in a very long time that we’ve gotten together for no reason other than to be together. No one was getting married or having a baby, but we did have a birthday to celebrate!

Untitled

We had a leisurely lunch on Friday as friends started to get into town, then we headed to Nash Collection for hats so we could obviously fit in for the weekend. Someone even asked if I was a local because of my hat!

Untitled

We spent the rest of the afternoon and into the evening at the hotel pool with yummy drinks in hand catching up with each other before heading out for dinner way later than intended.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Saturday, we celebrated Mandy’s birthday! We started with brunch at Saint Anejo in the Gulch before we moved on to shopping.

Untitled

Untitled

Uncommon James (Kristin Cavallari’s store) and Draper James (Reese Witherspoon’s store) were on the top of my list to visit while in Nashville. I loved both of them, though there were no celebrity sightings.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

After shopping, we headed back to get on our pedaling bike bar. We drove our bike up and down Broadway and around the city for an hour. It was hot and hilly, but so much fun!

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

After a dip in the pool and a much needed shower, we got all fancied up for a night on the town. Our first stop was rooftop drinks before heading to dinner.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

After an insane dinner at Kayne Prime, we headed out to Broadway for some country music and dancing!

Untitled

Untitled

We had such a fun night!

We all parted ways on Sunday, but before getting on the plane, I had to try a local beer.

Untitled

We had such a fun weekend. The seven of us traveled from six different states to be there. It was so good to be reunited.

I’m already ready for my next trip to Nashville. The city is so much fun!

Indiana {March 2019}

To kick off spring break, we headed up to Indiana for a long weekend. The weekend was full of family, friends, and celebrations before heading back home.

We were so thankful to see so many family members in such a short time, most of which made the trip to visit us.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

On Saint Patrick’s Day, we ran the Shamrock Beer Run 5k in downtown Indy. It was our first beer run and probably our coldest run to date. It was freezing! Thankfully the beer stops helped us warm up. Downtown Indianapolis was absolutely beautiful on the brisk day.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

We ended the day celebrating Grandma Sue’s 80th birthday! We had a lovely dinner with family to celebrate our special lady.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

We also got to visit with several old friends and meet new little friends while we were there! Again, we were so thankful that everyone made room for us during their busy weekends.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

One major highlight of the long weekend was the snow! Yes…in March…during spring break…the kids saw snow for the first time! They loved playing outside as the big snowflakes fell to the ground. It didn’t last long, but it was memorable.

Untitled

Untitled

We made one more quick stop to visit the birthday girl before heading to the airport. 

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

We had a great, long weekend which was action packed. Needless to say, it took a bit for all of us to recover.

Untitled

BDR Savannah {February 2019}

In February, Greg and I headed to Savannah, Georgia with several other couples to run the Best Damn Race 5k and half marathon. It was our first time in Savannah and the inaugural Best Damn Race in the city!

Untitled

After packet pick up and checking into the hotel, we headed out for an Italian dinner with the group.

Untitled

The next morning, we headed over to Forsyth Park for the start of the race.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Our group was a mix of 5k runners and half marathon runners. The half marathon started before the 5k, but they obviously finished well before we did, so they set up shop to cheer for all of us as we rounded the last corner and headed to the finish line.

Untitled

It was great to see their smiling faces as I rounded that corner. Overall, my race was pretty good. There were definitely some picturesque portions of the race, and some that weren’t so, but I don’t have many complaints. I felt pretty good for most of the race and ran a 2:25.09. Considering where I  currently am with running, I was pleased with that time.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Greg had an awesome 5k race and got to ring the PR bell! He wanted to run it under 30 minutes and came in at 29:56!

Untitled

Untitled

In the afternoon, we headed out on the Savannah Slow Ride bike tour.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

We had so much fun spending the weekend with our friends. We’re already ready for BDR Savannah 2020!

Christmas in Chicago {2018}

We started our Christmas break with a lovely Christmas service at church on Friday night.

Untitled

Saturday morning came early and we hopped on a plane to head to Chicago!

Untitled

Untitled

Michael and Rachel showed us around the city while the kids headed back to the house to bake cookies and see Arie.

Untitled

Untitled

We stopped at Macy’s to get warm and check out the Christmas tree and beautiful decorations.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Afterwards, we hopped on over to the Christkindlmarket which was packed the moment it opened. I got a cute mug full of warm goodness, then we headed out.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Our next stops included Garrett Popcorn, Ballast Point to taste some beers, and Au Cheval for the best burger in the entire city.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Finally, we met up with the kids at Forge Brewery!

Untitled

The next two days, we had a wonderful visit with family.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

We were hopeful for more snow, but she was thrilled to at least see this much.

Untitled

Christmas morning was full of coffee and opening presents before we packed our bags to hit the road.

Untitled

Our first stop was in Lafayette for a short, but sweet, visit with the cousins.

Untitled

Untitled

After one more stop in Indy, we were on the road. 14 hours later, we arrived in warm Orlando to continue our Christmas break!

Untitled

We had such a wonderful time in Chicago and we already can’t wait to plan our next visit. To say that Michael and Rachel were amazing hosts would be an understatement. We had such a very, merry Christmas!

Dahlonega, Georgia {September 2018}

Over Labor Day weekend, I headed up to the Georgia mountains for Kelly’s bachelorette party! I hopped on a flight on Friday which got me to Atlanta, then we drove up to the mountains late Friday afternoon. As soon as I got out of my sweet rental car, I snapped a picture. The view was amazing! The house was enormous and just perfect for the occasion.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

On Friday night, we spent the night in celebrating the future Mrs. Martin.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

On Saturday morning, a few of us went out for a walk…down the mountain and then back up. I just could not get over the gorgeous views!

Untitled

Untitled

In the afternoon, we set off on our winery tour. I had so much fun with these ladies! We’re already looking forward to our reunion at the wedding next month.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Our first stop was Yonah Mountain Vineyards, which ended up being my second favorite stop of the day. The views were great and the inside was gorgeous. The wine was also delicious!

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Our second stop was Kaya Vineyard and Winery. Based on the wine, this was my least favorite, but it had the best shopping. The gift shop was full of adorable rustic goodness.

Untitled

Untitled

Our last stop was Montaluce Winery and Estates which was my favorite. The entire property was stunning. The wine was delicious and our dinner was fabulous. I had fancy chicken and waffles because I was in the south and I had to.

Untitled

Untitled

We had such a great day celebrating our sweet friend Kelly!

Untitled

Untitled

I spent Sunday by the pool with the girls and my Kindle before it was time to head back down to reality to catch my evening flight.

Untitled

It was such a lovely weekend away. Did I mention how beautiful it was there? This is an area that I would love to go back to so I can try the other wineries in the area.

Pass-A-Grille Beach {2018}

Greg and I celebrated our ten year anniversary on July 5th. We packed up the car and headed to the west coast for a few days away. Our first stop in Tampa was the Oxford Exchange. We had a great brunch in the most adorable place.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

After brunch, we headed to a few breweries before getting to the beach. Our first stop was Cigar City, home of Greg’s favorite beer, Jai Alai. Our next stop was Green Bench Brewing Company. It was a super cute place, but not our favorite beers.

Untitled

Untitled

We made it to Pass-A-Grille Beach just as our room was ready. We had a great view and headed right out, across the street, to the beach for the afternoon.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Our anniversary dinner was at The Mill. We had the best charcuterie board and a great dinner! Afterwards, we headed to 3 Daughters Brewery for another drink. I wish we lived closer to that place because it was awesome and the kids would love playing there!

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

On Friday morning, we went for a run around Pass-A-Grille. We saw the whole town in a short amount of time. Afterwards, it was time for drinks and brunch before heading to the beach. It was a cloudy day, but we both got fried!

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

We walked to dinner at Grace on Friday night, then sat on our deck to watch the sunset. We headed back out later for ice cream before calling it a night.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

We woke up to a rainbow on Saturday morning and headed home. We had a great few days away and definitely caught up on the sleep we have apparently been missing!

Untitled

Cheers to 10 years!

Indiana {March 2018}

On Saturday morning, I watched the sun rise from an airplane on the way to Indianapolis. I landed around 8:30am and immediately got the day started!

Untitled

My oldest friend is having a baby and I got to celebrate with her! It was so good to see Lisa, her family, and some friends from high school and IU.

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

After the shower, we headed back to my parents’ house to celebrate my grandma’s birthday! She didn’t know that I would be in town, so it was a fun surprise!

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Michael brought some of his favorite beers and conducted a beer tasting class for us! We ended the night playing the horse racing game with some friends.

Untitled

After losing an hour of sleep, we headed to Cafe Patachou for brunch, complete with pomegranate prosecco!

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

After brunch, we headed to Topgolf for an afternoon of golfing. We had so much fun!

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

Untitled

We ended the day visiting with Celeste and Meghann! It was so good to see them and catch up!

Untitled

Untitled

I hopped on the 5:30am flight on Monday morning and headed back to Orlando. It was weird traveling alone, but it was nice to be able to bounce around the city for two days and see so many people, both friends and family! I am so happy to have been able to celebrate baby Richards and my grandma’s birthday.

Untitled

Until next time, Indy! Thanks for the great weekend!