Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring Break in Nashville

For Spring Break we packed up the car and drove down to Nashville. We had never been to Nashville and we had so much fun.
The kids LOVE staying at hotels, if we did nothing else they would have been happy with a pool. We stayed at The Inn at Opryland (across the street from the Gaylord but part of the Gaylord network).
The second we unpacked we had to make a stop at the pool

After the pool and a quick dinner we headed across the street to the Grand Ole Opry. We lucked out and they had a Disney Jr show while we were in town so I was able to see the Grand Ole Opry and the kids were also entertained, win, win!

Then no surprise once we got back to the hotel, MORE SWIMMING.
The next day was cool and rainy so we headed across the street and explored the Gaylord all day. The fact that a hotel could be explored ALL day and entertain my kids is saying something.
The inside of the hotel.... beyond pretty. They have almost 10 acres of tropical gardens inside.

There is an indoor boat ride that the kids loved. They spotted lots of catfish in the water.

Next to our hotel was the Cooter's from Dukes of Hazard store

When in Nashville one must become a Cowgirl.
After a quick stop back at our hotel we headed back to the Gaylord for dinner and the fountain light show.

This place gets even prettier at night, if you can imagine!
The next day the weather was still a bit gloomy but we checked out of the hotel and headed downtown Nashville for some sight seeing.

Brooke was NOT feeling it. She was cold and tired.
Our friends Erin and Jon live in Franklin, TN (about 20 mins outside of Nashville) and were kind enough to host us for two nights. THANK YOU!!
Blake knew that Jon had a pond out front and so he brought his fishing gear. He fished for like 3 hours. He caught a lot of fish and even a "stick bass" haha.

The weather was 70 and sunny and felt amazing.
Downtown Franklin is the cutest and we had to stop for fro-yo!!

We met up with the Irvins at a local park and the kids played then we hit up an early dinner with all of us. I was terrible about getting pictures but i did manage to get one of the three of us girls!
The kids LOVED Rookie (and Paxton the dog they are fostering) and were probably most sad to have to leave Rookie.
We had so much fun in Nashville and can't wait to go back. Thanks again to the Poliskie's for hosting our crazy crew!!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Brooke is 4

Well it happened again, she aged another year. Most times she acts so much older that I forget how little she is yet when I look back at pictures she is truly becoming a big girl. This was the first year we let her have a birthday party with her friends from school. She has been planning a Pump It Up party since the day she turned 3 (true story!).

Birthday Girl

Brooke and Brooklyn
Brady and Blake on the rock climbing wall (the rooms were glow in the dark thus the weird lighting)
Attempting a group picture....

We invited Adelyn and Brady to the party because she loves them as much as Blake does.

As if one party wasn't enough, the next night we had her family birthday party. She got to sit in the birthday chair at the head of the table.

On her actual birthday she woke up to find her present was a new "big girl" bike!!
So excited to start riding she wore her helmet around all morning
Case in point, eating breakfast with her helmet
Finally at the park and on her bike. She loves the basket to take her stuffed animals with. It was a bit difficult for her to pedal (hopefully Daddy can make some adjustments) but fingers crossed she is a pro by the end of the summer.

Brooke's 4 year stats:
37.5 lbs
40 inches
Still loves her blankies
Only wears her hair in a ponytail (even while sleeping)
Refuses to wear socks or underwear (we are trying to fix this!! ha)
Does not like anything girly- according to her "Princesses are ick!"
Is Blake's shadow, she wants to be by him at all times and if not him, Mommy
Likes Paw Patrol, PJ Masks, Legos and Games
Wakes up sooooo early. Girlfriend does not like to sleep. (up around 5:30 am daily)
Very opinionated and bossy
Still wants to snuggle and be cozy. Her favorite is to watch a movie on the couch while Daddy makes a fire
Very independent in wanting to do everything herself
In swim class

She truly makes our family complete and adds so much joy and love to our house. We love you Brookie Bean!!