I know the most popular vacation destination this time of year is the beach, but we decided to do something a little different. We got our country on and relived a couple of childhood memories.

Because I have some Canadian friends who read this, I’m going to give you a couple of instructions so that you can fully enjoy the pictures and the Southern summer experience with us. 1. Preheat the oven to the temperature at which you would bake a cake. 2. While you wait for the oven to preheat, go put on a wool sweater and your heaviest winter coat. 3. Go outside and run around your house 132 times. (Are you sweating profusely? Good! That’s what’s supposed to happen.) 4. When the oven is completely preheated, open the door and stick your head in. I don’t recommend doing this for an extended period of time, especially if you have a gas oven.

This is what the Southern states feel like from June – September. Ready? Let’s visit Nashville!

Does anyone watch the show, American Pickers on History? Well, we’re nerds and we do. So, our very first stop was a visit to Antique Archaeology, the store featured on the show. They had some really neat stuff, which was even cooler since we watched them acquire it on TV.

The next stop was the Country Music Hall of Fame. Yee Haw! If you know Dan and me, you probably already know that our tastes in music are vastly different. I like everything, with the exception of rap, contemporary country, and that whiny ’70s garbage that was supposed to make you feel your feelings. Dan likes stuff in the Garth Brooks vein. So, with a little Patsy Cline and a little Garth Brooks, there was something there to make both of us happy. Oh, and I love Hee Haw. Really. I got a little giddy when I saw Minnie Pearl’s dress.

Madeline taking a stroll through the cornfield.

 The pictures are a little dark because, well, it was dark in there and no flash photography is allowed.

"Dinosaur patroller/ Listenin' to Buck Owens/ Doo-doo-doo lookin' out my back door"

I’m not sure if my friend, Andy, is reading this, but if you are, this one’s for you…

I wonder which one is REALLY the reason their kids are ugly.

 On day two of our Nashville vacation, we took another trip through our early ’80’s childhood.

The reason I always wanted a white Jeep.

and…

Dan introducing the next generation to the General Lee.

Now, I will expect all of you (all 5 people who read this blog, that is) to make Waylon Jennings proud and begin singing the theme song from The Dukes of Hazzard.

We took a riverboat cruise where Madeline was mesmerized by the two men playing “Duelling Banjos” on the same banjo, walked through the enormous and beautiful Opryland Hotel, picked up a birthday present for my dad at the Willie Nelson museum, and spent day three touring The Hermitage before hopping in the car to head home.

I would love to visit The Hermitage again and see more of it when it’s not very hot and I’m not very pregnant. 🙂  It is a gorgeous place and deserves much more attention than I was giving it.

(Canadians, take your head out of the oven now.)

49 days until fall!

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