Sunday, December 26, 2010

Choo Choo, College Tours, and Memphis

Merry Christmas to me: Zach planned a whole little get-away to our favorite city of Chattanooga the night before we left for Memphis and Nashville. We stayed at the gorgeous Choo Choo Hotel downtown (it's an old railway station that has been converted into a hotel. It is so amazing!). And he totally proved that he listens by taking me to the Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City- I have been begging to do that!
At this point it was about 30 degrees and dropping by the minute.
(although you can't tell from what Zach is wearing)
This pic was actually taken at the end of the night and Aidan was so OVER it.

The whole thing was a lot of fun to walk through- they did a great job!

Aidan actually looking at the camera = success

Favorite picture of the night.

Whole family in front of the Fairy Land Caverns.
Aidan kept leaning to the left the whole night- my left shoulder started hurting!

On our way to Nashville Aidan started getting cranky = food time! So, we stopped off at the exit that MTSU is off of. So we figured we would make a mini-stop out of it and go see the campus and stadium.
Here it is~

In Nashville we stayed the night with Sherry and John and got to see Kathleen and Mickey. It was so good to see them since it has been TOO long since the last time!
Since Zach has a thing about seeing all of the SEC stadiums we had to drive by Vandy and check it out too. Aidan is starting the college tours early!
The stadium

Pretty cool wall mural on the way out of town.

Off to the FedEx Forum to see the Tigers play Corpus Christi on Monday night.

Before we went to the game, Emily, Ally, Zach and I went to Silky's on Beale Street where we met a nice man who has been sober for 19 months :-)
Also, Dear Morgan Freeman: (since he is an avid reader of the ZSDarling blog) can you please update your website to say that your restaurant on Beale Street has been closed for TWO YEARS??? We had great plans and had already checked out your menu- come to find out your restaurant no longer exists even thought the outside light was still on.

Emily and Ally at the game

Seriously Memphis? This is your performance going into Georgetown on Thursday?

Zach and I at the game.

Funniest thing I have seen in a while at the Tiger bookstore.
A pic of Calipari (the old coach at Memphis who totally jumped ship and went to Kentucky and never got even a slap on the wrist for all the crap he violated yet Memphis got all their wins taken away the year they went to the Finals- boo Calipari!)

Finishing out the college tour.
My mom and dad both went to Rhodes and played basketball there in Memphis.
Papa and Aidan in the Memphis Tiger gear- complete with a basketball rattle.

Memphis Christmas.

Nana and Aidan (his great-grandmother)

4 generations. Dad, Nana, Aidan, and me.

More Christmas

Modeling the new backpack/book. SO cute!

Puppy dog from the Andersons
(he slept with it the whole way home from Memphis)

Papa and Aidan

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