We found ourselves unexpectedly in Nashville, Tennessee over the weekend. It wasn’t a vacation for everyone since the reason we came was for Eric’s job, but I’m grateful that I could at least give the boys a little adventure! I feel like boys need to have adventures in order to thrive, and even though it’s not always easy, I will hop on any opportunity that comes our way.
So, this is how spontaneous our travels were: Eric went to work on Thursday morning, and he texted me mid-morning. “Boss wants me in Nashville this weekend. Do you want to go?” And then I started packing! The company paid for the hotel, so all we had to pay for was boarding our dog, fuel for my car, and food while we were there.
Unfortunately, Eric worked 12-hour shifts and wasn’t able to join us for any of our wanderings. He traveled there in his company vehicle Thursday evening, and we drove up Friday morning. I took the boys to the Adventure Science Center that afternoon, where our McWane Center pass gained us reciprocal admission. Then we met Eric to retrieve the hotel room key and we spent the evening swimming in the hotel pool.
Saturday morning, I offered the boys a choice. We could visit the Nashville Zoo, tour the Hermitage, or go hiking at Radnor Lake State Park. I never thought they’d want to see an old house, but the vote was unanimous so we visited the Hermitage! And both kids really enjoyed exploring the grounds there and imagining what it would have been like to live on the plantation during Andrew Jackson’s time.
Yesterday, we packed to leave with everyone wishing to stay one more day. The boys and I visited 5 Stones Church in Franklin, which we found via the ARC Churches church finder tool. It’s a really simple tool to help you find a life-giving church wherever you are, and we felt right at home at 5 Stones!
We met Eric for lunch after church, and guess what? Well, he announced that he was going to stay one more day. It was tempting to stay behind with him and do some more exploring, but we needed to be back in Birmingham this morning! This week is Summer Blast at our home church, Church of the Highlands, and Seth wouldn’t want to miss that for the world.
He’s been looking forward to Summer Blast ever since last year, so there was no question. To Birmingham we returned, and so I am sharing stories of our travels this morning from the comfort of my own living room sofa. I’ve got a coffee date with my girlfriends this morning, and a pile of laundry waiting for me this afternoon!
Well, how about you- how did you spend the weekend? When was the last time you had a spontaneous adventure with your family? I highly recommend it!