I just had an amazing weekend. It was very busy and very tiring, but well worth it. It started on Thursday when Brian and I headed out to Gatlinburg, Tennessee together.
I had a business meeting with one of my social media clients on Friday morning – which makes it sounds so much more stiff and formal than it actually was. Really, it was more like, I had breakfast with some of my favorite people who always treat me like part of their family and we talked business while we ate.
But, anyway, I decided that it would be a lot more fun than driving up by myself for the day if I were to take Brian and make it a weekend away for us. So, that’s what we did. So here are 10 things (because there were probably more than 10) that made it an amazing weekend.
1. Breakfast with Brian. Brian and I got to enjoy a nice breakfast together on Thursday morning. The sun was shining and it was a gorgeous day for a road trip.
2. Shopping with Brian. We hit the outlet malls in Pigeon Forge for a little shopping. We didn’t buy anything, but our window shopping proved one thing: we both have very good (read: expensive) tastes. I told Brian that he should consider that a compliment. I have very good tastes and I chose him. :)
3. Dinner with Brian. Are you seeing a pattern here? Give me a bit and I’ll give you some variation. We had a wonderful dinner together, though. We almost went to a chain restaurant, but I told Brian we should try something different, so we went to this amazing brick oven pizza place.
Now, it actually may be a chain place because there were at least two of them in Pigeon Forge, but it’s not a place that we have locally, so it counts. Doesn’t this salad look incredible?
4. A fantastic hotel. Blogging conferences and homeschool conventions have gotten me spoiled. I used to look for the least expensive, clean hotel I could find. Now, I look for the best-priced Hilton or Hampton Inn I can find because I know they’re always going to be clean, nice room and a good breakfast the next morning.
We thought about having a hot chocolate by this gorgeous fireplace, but by the time we got back from shopping and being tourists it was pretty cold outside and the fire was prettier than it was warm.
5. Wonderful company. Sometimes in the day-to-day busyness of life, it’s easy to lose a sense of connection with your spouse – to take him for granted, I guess. I love times when Brian and I can get away like this. It reminds us both of all the reasons we fell in love to begin with and shows us that we still really enjoy one another’s company. We realize that, “Hey, when the kids are grown and gone, we’re still going to like each other.”
6. Sweet friends. As I said, the people we met are amazing. They always treat me like family when we’re together and I truly treasure the time we get to spend together. I thank God for putting them in my life.
7. We saw a bear! As many times as I’ve been to Gatlinburg and driven through the Smokies, I’ve never seen a bear. We saw a bear this weekend! Actually, I think we saw two, but I just got a glimpse of the other one, so I’m not sure. The second we saw was about 30 feet up a tree right over the road. We had to drive right under him! I so wish my good camera hadn’t been packed in the trunk.
8. We had a family reunion. We had a family reunion on Saturday. I know the kids weren’t terribly thrilled, but I’m getting old enough to realize that my great aunts and uncles aren’t going to be around forever. It was nice to see them again, enjoy a good meal, and see pictures of my mom when she was young. It made me realize how much I look like her.
Herbie from our time as tourists
9. Brian got to go to a football game. Brian got a call Thursday night while we were in Pigeon Forge. A friend had a ticket to Saturday’s Alabama football game. Brian thought I was going to make him feel guilty for not going to the family reunion. Um, not. I know how much he loves Alabama and how long it’s been since he’s been to a game. I was happy for him to get to go and he had incredible seats.
10. I got to see my step-sister. My step-sister was also in town this weekend. Megan was a toddler the last time I saw her. We got to have lunch with her and my niece. It wasn’t nearly enough time, but I’ll take it since it’s been so long.
How was your weekend? Anything to add to your Thanksgiving thankful list?