Our Nashville Trip

We had so much fun in Nashville last week, it was our first time visiting & we loved exploring the city. Well, as much exploring as one can possibly do with three kids, and an overall party of ten. Brandon’s parents & his sister’s family met us there for a little weekend getaway, we rented a house through airbnb which ended up being such a great experience. It was a little 4 bedroom bungalow, fully furnished with everything we needed. The drive was rough, this was the whole reason we decided to postpone our Iowa trip, little girlfriends do not like their car seats. But we managed, we got there early Saturday afternoon all in one piece & kicked off the weekend with some Mexican food from Rosepepper Cantina, some of the best chips & guac I have ever had!
Sunday morning, we headed off to the Grand Ole Opry tour. We are huge country music fans so it was a must-see for us while in the city. Turns out, it was not a must-see for Eloise, she was a total disaster and Brandon had to take her outside half way through. She was running up and down the halls squealing, and throwing a tantrum any time one of us held her or tried putting her in the stroller. Guess she still needed to run off some energy after the long car ride. Lesson learned. Harper loved every bit of it & Claire snoozed the entire time in my Solly wrap.
A special thanks to Brandon’s mom for bringing matching outfits for the girls & their cousin! 🙂
We had dinner at the highly recommended Pharmacy Burger, which has the most charming outdoor patio filled with string lights & pretty trees. The burgers & beer were amazing & the kids loved eating outside. A tip in case you’re ever in the area, go early for dinner because by the time we left, the line was around the block. And with kids, that is no bueno.
 
The next day we were headed to Franklin for the day to see the downtown & visit Gentry’s Farm for their pumpkin patch and activities. We ate at Biscuit Love for breakfast, and again, the food was out of this world! 🙂 The “bonuts” were so good, we ordered a big plate of those first and were almost too full to eat our actual meals after that. At the farm, the kids got to ride on a tire swing, go through the corn maze & play lots of fun Fall games. And we couldn’t leave without a few pumpkins to carve later that night on the back porch of our house.
There were fun parks & playgrounds around every corner, lots of fun things for the kids to do & see. We are already planning our next trip! And we couldn’t leave without a quick stop at Jeni’s Ice Creams (even though we have one in Atlanta) because it is just that good.

The car ride home was equally painful, Eloise & Claire were dueling pianos of tears for about 35 solid minutes so we decided to stop for lunch to get the kids out of the car for a bit. While in line to order, Eloise proceeded to bite a Hazelnut coffee creamer in half, squirting it all over herself & Brandon. So the rest of the ride home, our little torture chamber on wheels smelled like a coffee shop. 😉 The adventures never end!
Until next time, Nashville!
XO

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  1. Hi Jessica!

    So glad to hear you guys had a great time on your vacation, Nashville is awesome!! Renting a house with littles is the way to go, that's for sure! I made the rookie mistake of booking a hotel for our 2 week road trip with our 15-month-old last month and it was serious insanity. I told my hubby that next time we are going the air bnb route FOR SURE. hah! Despite your "adventures", it sounds like a fabulous trip.

    Christina
    embracingsimpleblog.com

  2. Looks like you had so much fun! We visited Nashville/Franklin in August and I thought it was rough with only one toddler. You are seriously so brave taking three children!! We'll have to check out Gentry's Farm on our next visit 🙂 We had so much fun as well and can't wait to go back! XO, Kelly

  3. This looks like such a wonderful trip!! How adorable are those tulle skirts for the girls, may look into those for flower girl skirts :)! I've never been to Nashville, but all the food and pretty scenery is making me want to go :)!

  4. Oh, girl, I feel you. My daughter screamed for our 8 hour car ride home from a trip to see our families. We keep the older two happy with our DVD player and LOTS of snacks, but nothing makes a one year old happy.

  5. Girl, your Eloise sounds like my Gage. He's our wild thing and knows how to get into trouble wherever we go! But it sounds like a great vacation!

    Mamaandmister.blogspot.com

  6. Looks like an awesome time! Your girls are so, so sweet. Car rides in our family are completely hit or miss. Sometimes my son is an angel and wither sleeping or playing quietly, and other times he's a huge brat who is purposely testing our patience (asking for a toy/water/food and promptly throwing it…)

  7. Oh man, I hear you about little kids and car rides! Just spent one myself in the back seat (so I could retrieve pacifiers and thrown objects while Dad drove, stupidly thinking that would prevent a meltdown), dodging kicks the entire time and trying to ignore the high-pitched screams.

    Hope you had a drink when you got home!

  8. I laugh with you about Eloise's behavior as she sound very similar to my Haddie! She is my fiesty one and keeps me on my toes. While it is painful it is equally entertaining and I love her for it! Odd how that works. Nashville is on our list of cities to tour soon!

  9. haha traveling with two is always interesting and our car is always SLAM packed. I can only imagine having a third babe. Nashville this time of year is beautiful!

  10. Seems like an awesome time! I'm struggling with the idea of whether or not to add a third to our mix. I love your honesty about life but also adding lightheartedness to it. I'd much rather have a screaming child in the car than on an airplane, which seems to be what my youngest enjoys doing. 🙂

  11. Looks like you had an awesome time, and I LOVE your outfit with the chambray shirt. 🙂 I know it's not all fun and games, but you definitely make having three look easy. Gives this new mama some hope for the future! 😉

  12. Eloise sounds just like my Kenalie! They are both little sisters to big sisters and as wild as can be! They are a couple weeks apart in age and I'm sure they would be trouble making buddies ;]

  13. I have two girls, about the same ages as your first two. My second one is also named Eloise and every time I read your post about your Eloise I feel like I could have written them myself about our little firecracker! Must be the age and a second sibling thing!

  14. I've been following you since the beginning. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old so it's been fun watching your family grow the same time as mine 🙂 I am not sure if you guys are into this kind of thing but I love back wearing our 3 year old during times like the tour. It's not the stroller, he can see more, and keep a little more tame. We have a toddler Tula and it has worked out great. Just wanted to throw that out there for E. My 3 year old is 42 pounds and surprisingly isn't bad wearing him. Anyway, looks like you guys had a blast which doesn't surprise me 🙂 Love the photos as usual.

    cherryblossomlove.com

  15. That first picture of Claire sleeping is so beautiful; it reminds me of my Coralie just 3 years ago–those cheeks! You could just kiss them all day! LOVED your description of your "torture chamber on wheels," haha, I can definitely relate to that. Have you ever thought of visiting Chattanooga? There is Rock City (which might be too much for the girls at these ages, but maybe when they're older), also there is the TN Aquarium, and Point Park on Lookout Mountain (a good place for running around when you're a kid!!). Well, all I can say is, at least it was yummy smelling coffee creamer you all got to smell instead of curdled milk. When she was 2, Coralie threw up in the car seat the morning we were about to start out to Florida for our annual beach vacation. I was standing there when we stopped to clean her up and I SO did not want to put my hands all in that puke, and my husband yells, "Get her the f*ck out of the carseat!" (I promise, he's not mean). Of course, my older daughter had to repeat what he said to my sister, her husband, and EEK my mom, and my mom was laughing the hardest! Then C threw up again when we were headed to Disney World later that week! We thought it was carsickness, but no, it was some type of virus because my older daughter got it as well. Worst vacation ever. So, just in case, I would advise travels with kids should have an emergency kit with trash bags, paper towels, wipes, hand sanitizer, latex gloves, and extra clothes at the ready. And never store anything of value in the floorboard under the baby/toddler carseat, because those items will get ruined as well. Learned that the hard way.

  16. This is a great place organize an event; they have great staff and great events put on here! I had nothing but great times and great conversations there. The venues in Los Angeles served slider and shrimp cakes as appetizers with chicken skewers, and eggrolls that had veggies on the inside and some kind of creamy fruit sauce on top.

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