Friday, May 23, 2008

Tennessee Travels

Last weekend Aaron and I ventured through the state of Tennessee to go to a friend's wedding reception. Over the last few years many of my very dear friends have moved to Tennessee so this was a great time to see everyone in one weekend.

Our trip got started a little later than we expected on Friday. Thursday night when we got home from dinner we found a big puddle of water in the floor of our downstairs bathroom, we quickly realized that the ceiling was leaking. My ever handy husband began searching for the source and my beautiful new home soon had a big hole in the ceiling. Aaron was able to determine that the cause was water either coming or going to the master bath-with that knowledge we were able to sleep peacefully and wait for the construction manager to come by the next morning. To make a long story short the pipe going to the master bath had been cut during the HVAC installation, the humiditiy or change in temperature must of made it split open and leak through the dry wall. We were able to get the pipe fixed and on the road by 10 that morning-2 hours behind schedule.

Our first stop was in Kingsport to see the Haney's. Laura is one of my best friends from Richmond, I am so glad that we are so close and it is easy for me to visit them. On April 17th (my mom's birthday) Laura and Anthony were blessed with their second beautiful daughter Madison Kate Haney. We made a 2 hour stop to see their new addition and Miss Natalie who is now 2 1/2. It was a great visit. I did not take any pictures, I was too busy getting in some sweet baby time-but I do have a picture of them after Madison's birth.

Anthony, Natalie, Laura and Baby Madison

Our next stop was to Knoxville where we went to see the Reeve's. Jill is one of my dearest friends from college-she was a mentor to me any many ways. She is a few years older than me so we were only at Clemson together for a year and a half-but in that small amount of time she made such a difference in my life. I was so excited for this visit, it has been one that has been in the works for many years. It had been over 4 years since we had seen each other. Aaron and I were able to have dinner with Matt, Jill, Madeline (she will be 4 in July) and Samuel (1 1/2). Then the boys headed off in seperate directions-Matt to hang out with his guys friends and Aaron on to Crossville so he could play golf the next morning with his guy friends. I was so wonderful to have some girl time with Jill we just talked about life and enjoyed one anothers company. It was so fun to see Jill in her world with her kids. I want to be Jill when I grow up! Madeline and Samuel are so sweet I loved getting to know them and their personalities and Madeline was so sweet to let me sleep in her bed-she got a very special bed made for her in mommy and daddy's room. This was such a great visit that went by far to fast.

Jill, Samuel, Me and Madeline

Madeline & Samuel

Next I went to see Candace, one of my roommates in Richmond, and her new house. It was so great her and Jill only live 4 miles from each other. Her house is so cute, she has such a gift for decorating, I need to get her down to South Carolina so she can help me with our house. It was great to catch up over some Mexican food.

Finally I made it to Crossville, Tennesse-our intended destination. Our good friend Jon Atkinson was married on May 2, 2008 to Jackie in a very small family wedding. They had a really nice reception on Saturday for all of their family and friends. It was great to go and share in the sweet time in their relationship along with seeing some old friends. The Layne's who used to live in Clemson were there with their kids Avery and Owen-so cute! We were also blessed to have free housing with Harriet and Ralph, they were amazing.

We finally made it home from Tennessee after a long but great weekend. It was great to see everyone along the way.

This last picture we thought was really funny. Since we were going to be gone for the weekend we wanted to put Aaron's truck in the garage but were not sure if it would fit. Well it did but barely. The nose was literally in the doorway to the house.

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