Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Trip to Nashville

Hubby and I had a nice trip down to Nashville, TN to spend some time with our granddaughter, Sweetie Pie, and our son.  She is a natural born teaser (or maybe we trained her to be), and she finds great delight in teasing her "Pappy". She especially likes to tease him by not giving him kisses. She will kiss everyone in the room but him. But, you can be sure that as she's kissing me or her dad, she's also looking around to make sure Pappy is watching!

Aunt Jennee was able to take a few days off work and spend a long weekend with us. She was going to arrive late on Wednesday night. Sweetie Pie was very excited for her arrival, and planned to have a party for her. We told her it would be very late, but she was not deterred in the least. She set the table completely by herself. The menu included strawberries, chocolate chip cookies, and mandarian oranges. After all this, she said, "Now, we need a centerpiece". I was floored! She's five! So, we went outside, I snipped off some spikey leaves, and she put them in a short glass, with water. It looked fine. "Now, we need some rocks".  So, she went outside, scooped up a handful of rocks from the driveway, and plopped them in the jar. And, it made a very nice centerpiece. I didn't get a picture of it, but trust me, I was impressed!

We took her shopping for school shoes. She found this lovely pair of shoes with her favorite princesses on them. The day after we bought this pair of shoes, (with velcro) she learned how to tie her shoes. Then, she wanted a pair of shoes that tied! (Bad timing on our part!)

Nashville, Tennesse is the home of the world's only actual size recreation of the Parthenon. It is an amazing sight to see.

Just to give you an idea of the size of those pillars

Aunt Jennee and Sweetie Pie were hiding from us,
but someone peeked around the pillar just as I
was snapping the picture!

This shows the ceiling

Sweetie Pie snapped this picture
We had visited the Parthenon back in 2000 (I think!) At that time, everything was white. The gold was added in 2002. Very impressive.
This is not a small statue!

Lots of gold all around

The back of the statue. She is holding Nike,
the "god" of victory, in her hand.

The shield

Pappy and his Sweetheart
We had lunch with Dad at his high-rise building. She liked being up that high!

The "Batman Building" of Nashville
 We went bowling one night, just for fun. None of us are bowlers. My score was  60, or something equally ridiculous. But, for the record, I did manage to get one strike! When we got to the bowling alley, I told Sweetie Pie she would get to tie her own shoes! I no sooner got those words out of my mouth, and the guy handed her a pair with velcro ties. (My timing is impecable!) Oh my. She was very disappointed, and began to cry immediately! We were able to exchange them for a pair with shoestrings, and she went to work, happy again!
 We have started a new tradition. On our last day in Nashville, we go out for pancakes at the Pancake Pantry. If you don't want to wait in a long line, get there early. Seriously.
All I can say is, "YUM-O". Yes, I did go off my diet for this one meal. (Wouldn't you?) Technically, this is not a pancake. It's a crepe filled with chocolate ganache.
Chocolate Sin
 Everyone else got this delectable pancake.
Sweet Potato Pancakes with
Cinnamon and Cream Syrup
Bears and Berries
(chocolate chips)
for Sweetie Pie

After our tummies were full of pancakes, we went to a Greek Festival. The aromas of the food made our mouths water, but, since we were full, we didn't partake, tempting as it was. There was a petting zoo, pony rides,and lots of booths.  But what she  really wanted to do was climb the wall! We told her maybe next year!

And, that concludes our week in Nashville.


  1. Lovely tour you gave us! And Sweetie Pie is nice!

  2. What a little dolly! I'm so glad you had fun! I hope you get to do this again and often!

  3. She is just too, too cute, Proud Granny Darlene! Five is such a wonderful age, isn't it? You managed to fit a lot of fun into a week and came home with loads of memories. I loved the pictures you've shared with us...thank you! It always adds to a post, I think, to see pictures of all the happenings :) I would LOVE that chocolate sin pancake you ate. Yummy! You look so good in your picture...I can't see why you need to be on a diet! Besides, you DID come 2nd in the mini skirt competition! Don't forget, it was an international affair, too!!! So give yourself some extra Brownie points :)

  4. What a fun time, and I enjoyed every minute of it! I have never heard of the Parthenon, I would have taken a million pictures! Sweetie Pie really is a cute Sweetie Pie! And I would order what she was having, yum! Yes, even though I am 62!

  5. These pictures are amazing! I love however the pic of Sweet pie tying her shoe...too cute!
    Blessings, Joanne

  6. I had a lot of fun reading and viewing this post. Sounds like a great trip. I'm drooling at the desserts. Sweetie Pie is a good photographer and a force to be reckoned with (in an adorable way).

  7. The Parthenon looks amazing. I really like your hair in the picture with Jennee and I agree, it really doesn't look like you need to lose any weight to me. I'm glad that you guys got to go and visit your sweetie pie. Family takes the cake or in this case, the pancakes.

  8. I think I put on the two pounds I lost last week just looking at that breakfast! YUMMY!

    Sweetie Pie's relationship with Pappy sounds just like the one I had with my granddaddy! I loved to tease him! He was the most special man in my life and I still miss him!

    What a fantastic week you had! You are making me look forward to grandchildren!

  9. I was just wondering what to have for dinner - and you made up my mind for me. Pancakes!!

    The Parthenon looks awesome! I had no idea we had our very own here in the US. Stuff like that is right up my alley!

    Thanks so much for joining the Tuesday Train!

  10. What a fun time you had. I have a five year old granddaughter too, and I keep saying she is 5 going on 40. Love visiting her and her big brother.

  11. Your pic from your TN vacation labeled, "crepe filled with chocolate ganache,"
    For God's sake, am I the only one who sees it?
    Look closely y'all.
    It's Elvis!


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