Monday, February 27, 2012

To Grandfather's House We Went

The weekend after Kev and I got engaged, I got to take a trip to my grandfather's house in Tennessee.
Mama, baby bro and I traveled down I75 for some needed R&R. 
 Family time is my fave! Kev didn't make the trip due to a yearly guy's trip the fellas always take and my daddy had a serious date with his boat and fishing pole.

Below our photos our great weekend together. Enjoy

We woke up our first morning there to these homemade goodies

And fresh coffee
Grandpa is proud of my little brother and sports his EKU pride throughout their home.
BTW, my brother is named after my grandfather.

Below is one of my favorite part of grandfather's house.
I love their enclosed patio.
It is perfect.

Baby bro HATES my camera...hehe
He tries to play along

This little cutie patootie is Mr. Jackson

and wherever Grandpa goes, Jackson goes

Jackson has a seat at the table

and gets his own treats table side

So Saturday afternoon baby bro and I headed into town to do some serious outlet shopping.

I scored some needed new workout clothing at the Nike outlet.
I also bought THEE ORACLE (as referred to by my friend Cati) on the trip.
My first wedding planning book and boy has it ever been handy here lately.
It even came with a little bride bag.
Holy crap...I am going to be a bride.

And since we only get to go to grandpa's house a handful of times a year, photoshoots are a must!
Mama and her daddy.
She is such a daddy's girl...just like me.

After a change into elastic pants, we chowed down on Chinese take out.
It was a perfect night in....

Followed by time on the couch trying out grandpa's new 3d television.
It was so neat. It's the first time I had watched one outside of the movie theatre.

Please ignore that ugly Tennessee orange blanket sneaking through in the right hand corner of this  pic...grandpa's wife, Della, is a huge Tennessee fan.
We still love her..haha.

It was a weekend full of
good food
more good food
wedding planning
and more family.

It's a nice getaway. A mini escape from reality surrounded by the people I love the most. I have blogged about it before, but grandpa trips are emotional. This one was also tough. It's clear he has a harder time getting around, it's clear he is in pain, it's clear he is getting older. It's hard to see. Regardless, I soak up every moment up that I get to spend with him and Della. I smile just thinking about our trip. He is a very special man to me and I love them both so very much.

We talked a ton about wedding planning and what Grandpa could handle.
The verdict is that he is gonna make the trip to KY for the big day.
I asked him to say a prayer at the reception and I think we both teared up.
Ahhhh, I am so blessed to have such amazing grandparents still in my life.
Life is soooo good.


Valerie Griffin said...

looks super fun :)

Leslie said...

looks like a fun trip! and how cute is Jackson!!! haha!

Stephanie said...

Aw I LOVE me some family time!! And is it just me or do grandparents always make THE best coffee??!!

Courtney said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Tanger outlet in East Tennessee! Actually I love everything about the mountains!

Crissy B. said...

That picture of you and your grandpa in 3D glasses makes me smile :o) Such a sweet post! Looks like a great time! And that picture of those waffles made me soooo hungry! Yum!

Eesh said...

Haha Grandpa in those 3D glasses...PRICELESS!

I love how you guys got together & had a great time. You know that for me it's all about family. And those waffles look YUM!

The Pink Growl said...

Hey hey now, easy with those ugly orange TN comments :)
Glad you had fun in my beautiful East TN! :)

Erin said...

Looks like a fun trip-- I love getting to spend time with my grandparents too. I feel so blessed that all 4 of mine are still well and living and they have gotten to be so involved in my life! :)

PS- Need. Waffles. Now.

Pamela said...

AW I LOVE THIS! SO sweet!!!

Suze said...

Awe so sweet!!! Email me!!

Janna Renee said...

New to your blog! Your puppy is adorable, you are beautiful and your blog is so fun!

Ashley said...

so happy to hear your grandpa is making the trip for your BIG day! i'm sure it means A LOT for him to be there. you have the cutest lil' family! gosh, i can't wait to read all about that special day!! ;)

lovin' that hair color!! twins? lol

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