Oh man, what a weekend! Or I should really just say what a 36 hours. One of my very good friends from middle school and high school is marrying David’s best friend next month. Stacy and Jay actually met at our high school reunion and BAM. Love and marriage. I’m so excited for these two and so honored that both David and I are included in the wedding.
When both bachelor/bachelorette celebrations were set for the same weekend, mom and dad happily agreed to come hang out with the girls. I am so grateful for their help. I knew the girls were in great hands so besides the fact that I was worried if I had left enough milk (note to self, ALWAYS CHECK THE FREEZER STASH AT LEAST A WEEK BEFORE LEAVING TOWN), I left Saturday morning feeling excited.
Can I just tell you how my perspective on flights has changed since becoming a mom? Waiting for a flight? No problem. A bathroom stall all to myself? What a luxury. Quiet time for, gasp, reading? Amazing!
I arrived in Nashville and a friend of Stacy’s, Erin, who I had never met picked me up at the airport. So sweet of her! We jetted to the Doubletree Hotel Downtown (great location BTW), met up with all the girls and headed to lunch at Back Alley Diner.
I was looking for something substantial to prep me for the libations to come and opted for the grilled buffalo chicken wrap and fries.
Back at the hotel, Jay’s sister surprised Stacy with an adorable tray of champagne and desserts.
So thoughtful! With the pop of a champagne cork, the celebration began.
A toast, fun question games and present opening had us laughing, crying and really enjoying being together.
At 5:00 we had to rush Stacy along to get her ready and out the door for a big surprise…
The limo was a huge hit. Our driver, Michael, was wonderful. We brought out own champagne, jammed out to our own tunes (Erin was a great DJ!) and drove around Nashville taking pictures.
To say it was a blast would be selling it short. It was ridiculously fun!
Eventually we made it to dinner at a great spot called Pub 5.
Toni and I split the seafood pasta, though I could have easily licked the plate clean myself.
From there, the party continued to the honkytonks. We danced, we celebrated, we got a little crazy. My view for the rest of the night looked a little like this:
But man oh man is Nashville a fun town. I loved the street performers who worked Stacy’s name into the songs.
I excitedly grabbed this hot dog on the way back to the hotel at a chilly 2:30am (I’d guess?). Old habits die hard.
Unfortunately all that fun caught up with me and Sunday I felt rough, to put it lightly. Mama can’t hang like she used to. A combo of drinks and 3 hours of sleep didn’t bring out my shiniest side but I can say the rough day of travel home was worth it. Plus, I was so excited to see my girls and nurse Kaitlyn again (pumping just doesn’t work very well for me for long term). And I’d be amiss not to give one more special shout out to my mom. She had all sorts of fun and playtime with the girls while keeping them fed, bathed and happy- I’m so grateful for her!
Like I said, whew- what a weekend. What a great celebration of an awesome girl. Jay, you are one lucky man!
Now back to the grind… and the grocery store!
Where was your bachelorette party?
Mine was actually in Nashville too!
If you could choose anywhere to have a girls weekend away, where would it be?