I have seriously forgotten how important time away with the girls is. It’s hard to leave, you wonder if your family will survive, you wonder if you have left enough food, you get calls and text messages from the kids saying they miss you, but in the end it is worth it. Every mom and wife needs time to herself. It seriously rejuvenates you and makes you a better person.
For me, I am with children all day. I work at an elementary school and I come home to my own kids who I shuttle around all evening. The weekends I’m consumed with being a mom and I never get a break where I am just with adults. This was my break.
The weekend started with a trip for dinner to the bonefish grill in Des Moines. Delicious! I don’t even EAT Fish, but the teriyaki chicken and rice was delicious. From there the eight of us went to the hotel to spend the night. Our flight left very early on Saturday and went through Chicago to Nashville. We left at 6:30 and were in Nashville by 10:30. Not bad! With carrying everything on and just one connection we had no glitches.
We checked into the Gaylord Opryland hotel. The lobby is gorgeous. They are just getting started on the process to set up for Christmas. The hotel sits on 9 acres. It has several atrium and garden areas which are beautiful to see. They include water fountains, a gondola ride and several sitting areas and restaurants in the gardens. You could spend a day just exploring the hotel!
For more information click here: Gaylord Opryland Resort
If you’re in the Nashville area this is a hotel I highly recommend.
After checking in we walked next door to an adjacent mall area where we had lunch at a Mexican restaurant and did some shopping. It was a outlet type setting and had lots of shops to meet almost every need. It was fun to do the girl time shopping although I bought only a shirt because of my limited space with carrying on my bag.
After lunch we went back to the hotel and freshened up for a night on the town. We had to take a taxi downtown to the Nashville downtown nightclub area. My favorite bar was Tootsies! This place is great! Tons of live music, bands on every floor with at least four floors available, and bars on every level.
For more information click here: Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge
I love live music, and the genre would change based on the level you were on. Older country music was one level, newer another level and more hip hop another level. It was awesome! We spent a great deal of time here.
We also walk to other bars and had dinner at a nice Italian restaurant where we had reservations. But I think my favorite part was Tootsies. Note…., if you are at all claustrophobic you will not enjoy this place, they have so many people you can barely move. The later the night gets the tighter the space.
Getting up Sunday me and another girl headed to mass at a Catholic Church called Holy Name Catholic church in East Nashville. Being Catholic, it is important that you go to mass every weekend and I always find it fun to attend other parishes. It’s neat to see how universal our services are but how individual they also can be. We kind a taxi back to the hotel after mass and met up with the other girls for brunch.
After eating at the Opryland restaurant we headed back to the hotel to kill some time, have a drink and do some shopping on the grounds before we headed to the airport.
Then we caught our flight back to Chicago and then back to Iowa. It was a fun weekend for sure. Then it got interesting…
After we landed and got to short term parking- I found my car… with a flat.. at 1 am in an airport parking lot! Long… longgggg story shortened a bit here- get AAA. It is the BEST. Not only did they send someone out, but they felt having a young lady alone out driving on an interstate 60 miles home at 2 am was not safe. So they paid to have my van towed home. Myself and my co-pilot, Dawn rode all the way home in the tow truck. It was an adventure! Our driver and I discussed all the way home how he had broken up with his Hospice nurse girlfriend that morning.. and that there are indeed many other fish in the sea. 🙂
All in all a trip for the books. Girlfriend time is important… but nothing else feels quite as good as walking in your door to 4 family members waiting who missed you SO MUCH…. 🙂
Have a good week!