We had a busy June last year! For Amanda's graduation gift, she wanted to go the Country Music festival in Nashville, TN. What a trip it was!
We took our van and fit our kids, Clara, Amanda, Eric and I. We left around 4:30 one morning and the kids weren't tired at all. Go figure.
It was a L.O.N.G. trip! We had lots of stops, and it took almost 17 hours. Too long. We were ready to go the next day!
We headed to downtown Nashville to look around and enjoy the sights.
We had lots of breakfasts and lunches in the hotel. The kids loved getting to watch Mickey or something while they ate, and sit on a bed! :)
The second day we were there, our van was messing up! We had to drop it off and get a new radiator or cap or something. Thank God we got to the place mid-morning on Friday, and they were able to fix it same day. The 1987 Honda station wagon they gave us didn't fit all 7 of us. The car place was around the corner from Vanderbilt and this cool dragon park, so we walked there after a yummy breakfast at Noshville.
It was probably the kids favorite thing we did the whole time :).
Amanda and Clara
Naked baby in the hotel
We all took turns going to the shows each night. This was the second night of shows, girls night (Anna didn't go) :).
This was our view each night. It was really fun!! 6-12 people/groups performing each night.
On day 3 we went to the celebrity softball tournament. It was funny and EXTREMELY HOT!
Amanda stayed after and got a few autographs. This is Lauren Alaina, from American Idol.
The night before the last night was Eric, Amanda and I. This was at dinner.
Downtown Nashville big bro and little sister.
On the bridge walking to the arena.
On the last day of the festival, we all went downtown again to walk around all morning. It looked like it might rain all day. The kids were having fun.
Daddy and Anna.
Clara, Amanda and Cara.
I took the big 2 to walk around and play in the Chevy cards. They were a big sponsor.
Posing with Elvis
Free blue bell every where we turned, it was nice, EVERY DAY! :)0
Clara entered a contest and got 2 tickets for she and Amanda to meet Scotty McCreery, Amanda's favorite, she told him she loved him :).
And I got to see George again ;)
Another girls night. Eric let us go as he had to drive first thing in the morning.
Right after we got home, it was Eric's birthday! Happy 33rd Eric!
We came home to VBS at church, Amazing Wonders Aviation. The kids had a blast.
Then, Father's Day!! The day before, we went down to Santa Fe and spent some time with Papa.
And then Eric got to open his gifts on Sunday. How does Micah bend that way? :)
A few days later was Cara's birthday!!
Donut with candles and streamers in the hallway. Those may have stayed up for weeks, the kids loved them.
Silly girl, so excited about princess chapstick.
We were going out of town right after Cara's birthday with a bunch of friends, so we didn't do a party at home. We met midway between Yaya/Papa, Bailey and Nana and had dinner at Chick-fil-a one night. Cara had wanted Burger King (she has a thing for their play places), so we went to the one in SugarLand that I had checked online to be sure it had a play place. It did not, so we headed to the CFA.
Papa, Cara and Yaya.
Cara, Uncle Greg and Aunt Amanda.
Nana and Cara
Anna, Aunt Bailey and Cara
Silly girl too busy talking during our picture.
My big girl!!! I can't believe she is already 6!
At 6, she is a proficient reader, loves her friends, and drawing, stickers and her family. She is a precious girl, who I am excited I get to spend most days with. God has blessed us richly in our oldest daughter!
We took a trip to Mason, TX at the very end of June with 2 other families and had an amazing time. I forgot my camera! I'll try to get pictures soon.