A few weeks ago we picked up Hayden from her last day of school and hit the road for our vacation. Kerry had been planning and saving up for a while for this trip. We had tons of fun, and we visited several new places we've never been. I was so not ready to come home. We went to four different cities so I'm breaking up the trip into four different blog entries.
A few days before our trip I bought these containers at the Dollar Tree. One for Hayden and one for Deacon. Inside I put things specifically for each of them that I knew they would like (stickers, coloring/activity books, maps, markers, crayons, movies, games, ipods, etc) These came in so handy. They had something to do at all times. They handled the two really long driving days so well. We also had lots of snacks packed.
Our first stop on the road trip was Nashville, Tennessee. We got there around bedtime for the kids so we just checked into the hotel and went to sleep. The next day we crammed in as much as we could. First stop was the Ryman Auditorium.
|The kids having a jam session on stage|
The Ryman had several display cases with clothing, instruments, and other memorabila from different country music legends. Hayden was super excited to see a couple of Dolly Parton's dresses. I was thrilled to see one of Johnny Cash's suits and some of Patsy Cline's dresses.
|The original home of the Grand Ole Opry|
|By the end of our tour at the Ryman, Deacon was over it.|
After lunch we headed over to Opry Mills Mall. Huge mall, tons of stores. We did not allot near enough time for shopping there. I think Hayden and I made it only half-way through.
We left the mall and went back to the hotel so the kids could get in a quick swim and then clean up for dinner and the Grand Ole Opry.
|This picture came out really dark, but here are the kids standing outside the Grand Ole Opry|
|Hayden and I waiting for the show to start|
We bought our tickets for the Grand Ole Opry months ago. We were there on a Saturday night so we were just sure we'd get someone awesome...we did not.
Don't get me wrong, it was still awesome just to be there, but we were a little bummed that Little Big Town, Charlie Daniels Band, Carrie Underwood, The Oak Ridge Boys, Vince Gil, and Leann Rimes were all there during the weeks leading up to and after the night we were there. I was googling most of the names on the program our night.
However, I still loved it and can't wait to go back some day. Also, on a side note: I know I just made fun of the tourists attire, but I was really wishing I had some cowgirls boots to wear to the Opry. It just felt wrong wearing sandals.
|Barbara Mandrell happened to be backstage visiting. She came out for a quick "hello."|
|Me and Deacon|
|After a day of touring, shopping, and swimming they kids couldn't make it til the end of the show. Both passed out.|
|After the Grand Ole Opry. Deacon wasn't too thrilled about the photo, he was ready for bed.|
|You can barely see her, but Hayden is on the left.|