In 2003, when my oldest daughter, Kayla, was sixteen or seventeen,
we went on a road trip to the Edmonton Mall.
We had so much fun that I decided that I was going to do the same with my other two daughters.
Fast forward to 2010.
Finances were looking like there was no way! that Rachel and I could even think of doing a road trip together.
(Me and Rachel)
Then in early October, my mom and dad offered to fly us (courtesy of frequent flyer miles) down to Nashville TN, where they are currently serving a mission.
Of course, we jumped at the chance!
(me & my super mom)
(my adorable dad!)
While we were there, they treated us to some incredible adventures.
(we won't mention the not-so-great meal we had at the Cracker Barrel, a restaurant that we all had been wanting to try. Don't need to try it again....)
Here are some photos from some of the places we went:
These are photos Rachel took of the glass sculptures at Cheekwood gardens.
Blown glass that mimics bamboo - incredible!
Rachel was hoping to perform - we even brought her guitar with us on the plane - but luck was not on our side. We had a great time, anyway. Some of the performances were side-splittingly funny - some funny in a good way, and a couple of others, not so much....
This is the Carnton Plantation. It was used as a hospital during the Civil War, after 40,000 troops on both sides fought just 1/2 mile from this plantation, and 10,000 of them lost their lives.
Here is the place in Franklin where the battle took happened. The homeowners hid in their basement while the bullets flew above them.
Another outbuilding. These two buildings are small, and so some of the bullets when in and all the way out the other side....
The ginormous guitar . . .
We also took a trip south of Nashville, to Amish country. But of course, we have no photos ;-)
Thanks, mom and dad, for a wonderful trip! We love you and had a great time spending time with you!