So, about that whole no kids allowed thing... sounds harsh, I know... but a mamas-only trip is what we both wanted and needed and so we made it happen! You heard that right, my friends. The wife and I took a real-life vacation, sans our kiddos and it was everything we dreamed it could be! The last Georgia and I took a trip (just the two of us) was 3 years ago when G was 12 weeks pregnant with Will. This trip was our first ever leaving baby boy and his big sis behind and while we were a bit nervous about that aspect of things, we weren't too nervous to not go, lol! The way we see it, we live for these kids of ours. Our weekends are consumed with their activities and our mornings begin much earlier than they used to because our babies are early risers. Every extra bit of energy we have, we give to them - so, even if it's schedule and only happens every couple of years, we wanted to give some of that energy to each other!
Our kid-free vacation kinda fell into our laps and we totally ran with it! A few months ago, Georgia found out that she would be going to Nashville for a conference for an entire week, during my birthday month (which is October, aka the best month of the year)! In her previous position, she traveled quite a bit, so when she told me she'd be leaving me with 2 kids for a week, I was like meh, alright. She then proceeded to tell me that she wanted me to join her at the end of the week and really wanted to make a getaway of it - just the two of us. At the mere mention of this, my ears perked up and I was like F-YES! This is when the planning began. Fast-forward 4 months + a week of me totally killing it as a single mom and I was headed to the airport, Nashville bound! This was the first time I ever flew alone in my entire life, so I had some butterflies as I headed to the airport, but thanks to G everything went as planned. Georgia is the type that loves to plan the travel details for all of our adventures, so she made sure my flight was booked and she checked me in. She programmed the directions to the airport in my phone (even though I obviously know how to get to the airport) and made arrangements for my parking. I basically just needed to get my ass there on time and everything else was good to go. My sweet wife even called while I changed planes to make sure I was doing okay and to keep me company during my layover. Georgia has made me so codependant over these past 12 years and that's just fine with me! She leads in certain aspects of our relationship, while I lead in others and it just works for us.
Our first night in Nashville began at 11pm because that's when my flight arrived. We only had 3 days (4 nights) to spend in our new city and didn't want to waste a moment, so I flew out knowing we were going to hit the town as soon as I arrived and I was ready! G rented a 2018 Jeep Wrangler and I had forgotten until I saw her rolling up at the airport to pick me up. I was just so excited! Because she had already been in TN for a week and had frequented all the "best places", she knew exactly where she wanted to take me and we were off to the hotel to change and have a cocktail (as my amazing wife had already stocked our mini bar)! The night life was electric in Downtown Nashville and we totally felt like of couple of giddy 20-somethings, checking everything out! Every bar/club we visited had a rooftop dance floor or lounge with amazing views of the city. I was surprised by the mix of people and music we encountered, as I was expecting mostly country, only to find that there was a great mix of everything. We ended night #1 at 4:00am, proving to ourselves that we're still young and we still got it! #rockstars
For our first full day in Nashville, we headed to the legendary Gaylord Opryland Resort, which is gigantic and gorgeous! Everyone who we told we were going to Nashville insisted that we visit this amazing place and the rumors were so very true, because it was beautiful. We ended up spending the entire day there because it's just that big. We enjoyed cocktails at the Falls Bar & Lounge overlooking twin waterfalls, located in the Cascades Atrium, while live music filled the area. It was just so relaxing that we sat there taking it all in for nearly 2 hours. We went shopping at all the boutiques located throughout the resort and mostly purchased cute little things for Gracie and Will, like always. We ended the day with a fancy dinner at Paisano's, which is a floating restaurant located on the resort's Delta Island. It's surrounded by water, twinkling lights and more live music. I can't remember the last time that G and I had a nice dinner together where we weren't cutting kid's food, or running Gracie to the bathroom, or rushing because we needed to get back to our babies. We took our time and enjoyed 3 courses, some drinks and each other. It actually makes me sad just writing this because I want to go back, like right now! We had intended to visit Nashville's Gay hot spot called Tribe that night, but after more shopping and sightseeing, we headed back to the hotel to lay down for a bit (and I'll let you fill in the rest) Ha! I'm telling ya'll, there was Georgia before Nashville and now there's Georgia after Nashville who I lovingly refer to as "Nashville Georgia"... and she's still on fire. ;) Needless to say, I was happy to stay in for the night!
For our last 2 days in TN, we did a little bit of everything! My goal as I planned our outings for the trip, was to get us out doing all the most touristy, must-do Nashville things and that's how we wrapped up our trip. The Wax Museum, Madame Tussauds was a must see!
When we found out that it was Oktoberfest in Nashville the same weekend we were visiting, that was another thing that we knew we had to experience! After visiting this awesome crystal store and before heading to Oktoberfest, G really wanted to take me to this Chicago pub and while we were there I tried my first ever whisky flight! As most of you probably know, whisky originated in TN and many of the most well known whiskies are still made there. I ordered a flight of Nashville whiskies and while this is not something that's recommended when planning to head to Oktoberfest, I figured... while the kids are away, anything goes! We noshed on delish food and people watched before heading to the festival.
One of the things that I LOVED the most about walking the streets of Nashville was all the art. There's street art all over and the wall paintings made for some pretty sweet backdrops, which my picture-taking self adored! This one was my favorite. Xoxo!
By the time we headed out to Oktoberfest it was sprinkling out, but we didn't care. The weather was warm, even a bit humid and as we arrived, it didn't seem that anyone else cared that it was raining either, because there were lots of people out. I was able to find us the cutest Christmas ornament, a tradition of ours anytime we travel and we had so much fun, even though my hair freaked the f-out. I swear, if there's even 1% of humidity or moisture in the air, my hair doubles in size. I felt like putting a bag on my head, but the wife said I looked beautiful and so I just went with it.
How cute is this human beer - and she's all mine! I mean, really!
Dear Nashville, you were everything we needed. You gave us a break that's been way overdue and you made it so easy for us to connect, on so many levels (hallelujah)! You have some of the most delicious food; such nice people and the beverages did not disappoint! Because of you, G and I decided that we simply cannot wait another 3 years before getting away, just the two of us again. Next November is our 10-year wedding anniversary and we're thinking it may be time for us to take that Olivia Cruise that we've been talking about for years! I think that more than anything though, this trip showed us that whether it's a big extended trip, a work trip turned vacay, or a long weekend in a neighboring city, connection is so important. Making time for one another is so important. Making out and holding hands is so important and just taking a break from momming is SO IMPORTANT to a relationship.
Georgia, I love you and I'm thankful that after all these years, we still have so much fun together. We still got it, babe!