The second part of our weekend was spent in Tennessee visiting my mom’s side of the family. It had been a year since we last visited, so I was really excited for the chance to see them!
We got to Oma’s house around 4:30 and within 20 minutes my cousin Clint and his wife Leigha stopped by to see us. We always have so much fun catching up with them! We’ve been able to see each other at least once a year since we’ve been married, and every single time I laugh so hard my stomach hurts. I think if we lived closer, the four of us would spend a lot of time together. Great start to the night!
Next, we went to a local Mexican restaurant for dinner where we were joined by my Uncle Andy, Aunt Sharon, and two of my cousins (their sons), Andrew and Eric. It was a beautiful night out and we sat on the restaurant’s patio. The food was delicious but the company was better! Both Eric and Andrew are seniors (one in college, one in high school), so there was a lot to talk about. Really cool to see everyone growing up and finding their way in the world!
Back at Oma’s after dinner, Nathan tried a Yoo Hoo and we ate homemade lemon icebox pie while watching some football before calling it a night. This is the perfectly cozy room we stay in at Oma’s…I just love everything about her house!
We slept well and woke up with plans for breakfast at Donut Palace, a Tullahoma tradition whenever we visit. But first, some time spent on Oma’s back porch. My favorite!
Check out this cutie…
The Donut Palace opened the year Ted was born, and I can’t remember a single trip since then that hasn’t included at least one stop there. Nathan and I shared an eclair, old fashioned donut, and sausage and cheese croissant. I don’t think I can choose a favorite – they were all so good!
Aunt Sylvia and Uncle Scott also stopped by while we were there and she gave me a jar of her homemade grape jelly. They grew the grapes themselves! It’s the perfect souvenir to take back to remind me of our visit 🙂
We left Donut Palace around 11AM and headed out. I’m already looking forward to our next trip to see everyone again… always makes me feel so peaceful and refreshed when we spend time down there.
Next stop: lunch with Ted in Nashville! Loved getting to see bubs on our way back, and it was the perfect way to break up the drive. He took us to 12 South, which is a bustling area full of people watching and cool places to eat and shop. We got to go in the famous Draper James! I was starry eyed and insisted on taking a photo out front. Ted’s outfit was too perfect for this wall!
We ended up having lunch at Mafiaoza’s, a pizza place with good food and air conditioning (our lunch requirements). We split a large “Brother Fredo” per Ted’s recommendation: spinach and alfredo with chicken, artichokes, and cheese. The three of us polished the whole thing off – it was so good!
I always love spending time with Ted in his city, and luckily I get to see him again in a few weeks so that made the goodbye a little easier 🙂
A few more hours up 65 North with no traffic (woohoo!) before our last stop of the trip: my parents’ house for dinner. Ah, home sweet home… it felt so good to go back, even if it was only for a couple hours. I haven’t been home in awhile and I always realize how much I miss it when we’re there!
Mom made a delicious dinner for us (of course). She had pulled pork bbq, scalloped tomatoes (SO good with the tomatoes this time of year!), potatoes, strawberry salad (a classic!), and this beauty for dessert…
An apple caramel cream cheese bundt cake! The best bites of fall all in one cake!
It was as delicious as it looks, and a fitting end to a trip full of good food and better company at every stop 🙂
We feel so blessed to have been surrounded by so much loving family over the last few days. It’s an exciting time in our lives and we enjoy being around the people who know us and love us best!
This has been a Labor Day weekend well spent, and it was a trip we hopefully get to repeat in the future 🙂