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Happy New Year and Some Nashville Highlights.

Happy New Year! So we are back from a whirlwind trip to Nashville and have spent the past two days settling back in and reuniting with this sweet (four-legged) girl.

I think she's glad we're back.

I think she’s glad we’re back.

The trip was fabulous and one I would highly recommend to those looking to do something a bit different for a short domestic vacation. The live music at ACME was definitely a highlight (thanks to my cousin L. for the recommendation).

The kids gave it a big thumbs-up.
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The Frist Center was also a great way to spend the afternoon. There was a fantastic Kandinsky exhibit on view (which my husband was particularly taken with) and the children also enjoyed the hands-on art space upstairs where they were able to make various pieces of art.
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We found B. tucked away happily working on a drawing.

I really can’t say enough about the hands-on space at the Frist! While Boston’s MFA, ICA, and Gardner do offer programs for kids, this space was really fantastic.

Making an abstract drawing.

Making an abstract drawing. Serious concentration going on here.

Here, B. worked on printmaking.

Here, B. worked on printmaking after a brief introduction by a volunteer.

N. was very focused on her watercolor. (France-inspired, of course.)

N. was very focused on her watercolor. (France-inspired, of course.)

We visited the Adventure Science Center, where we took in a Planetarium show and enjoyed the various interactive exhibits–especially the ones that focused on the various systems of the human body. They were not only informative, but also great fun!

At the Adventure Science Center. A future paramedic?

At the Adventure Science Center. A future paramedic?

I was so excited that Nashville is home to a scoop shop for Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. So of course we had to pay a visit. Delicious!

I wouldn't mind a freezer stocked like that in my kitchen.

I wouldn’t mind a freezer stocked like that in my kitchen.

So many choices! But in the end, I went with my standby: Goat Cheese and Red Cherries with a scoop of coffee.

So many choices! But in the end, I went with my standby: Goat Cheese and Red Cherries with a scoop of coffee.

N. liked that they had a chalkboard available for use.

N. liked that they had a chalkboard available for use.

And made sure to offer her review of the ice cream.

And made sure to offer her review of the ice cream.

We also enjoyed brunch at Fido. (SO good. And great coffee too.)

"This is the best hot chocolate EVER!"

“This is the best hot chocolate EVER!”

An awesome burger (with a side of German Potato Salad that was to die for) at The Pharmacy.

A really cool place. Even if we had to listen to the people sitting next to us were complaining about Boston (!).

A really cool place. Even if we had to listen to the people sitting next to us were complaining about Boston (!). And I ate the burger too quickly to snap a photo!

Our hotel was great–if not a bit over the top.

The place was huge--with amazing (live) greenery and a river running through it--and it was all indoors.

The place was huge–with amazing (live) greenery and a river running through it–and it was all indoors.

"This place is great. I might move in when I grow up."

“This place is great. I might move in when I grow up.”

At night it was really pretty with all of the nights. (Even if we did feel a bit like we were in a weird biosphere.)

Pretty.

Pretty.

IMG_0109The indoor pool was (obviously) a big hit.
IMG_0117And we even made it to Ann Patchett’s bookstore, Parnassus Books! Probably my highlight of the week, lol. I almost bought out the store. (Seriously, one of our bags was over the weight limit because of all the books I brought back!)
IMG_0137All in all, we’ve had a great break. I am looking forward, however, to getting back on a schedule (including back to my daily blogging routine). Happy New Year!

The Athens of the South.

After a grueling day of air travel (about 17 hours all together), we finally made it to our destination. Though Nashville is commonly referred to as The Music City, its moniker of “The Athens of the South” long predates the recording industry for the city’s reputation as a place of intellect and ingenuity.

Nashville’s Parthenon was built in 1897 for Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition and is an exact replica of the Athenian original. The statues that adorn the replica were actually made from casts of the originals (now housed in the British Museum).

Today, the space serves as the city’s art museum. Well worth a visit!

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Bon Voyage!

This week, we are setting out for a family trip. The best part: the destination has not yet been revealed to the children! The backpacks are packed with plenty of on-board snacks and these books are going in as well to keep them busy.

Stay tuned for a reveal of our destination. 😉 Hint: stateside, lots of good music, and more than 20 colleges and universities within city limits…

(Inside the wrapped package is a tour book of our landing spot.)
For B (grade 6):
Zodiac by Romina Russell
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (he is already midway through this one and is enjoying it)
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
1 Page At A Time by Adam Kurtz (this is a book of writing prompts)

For N (grade 2):
Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
Manners and Mischief (an American Girl Doll series)
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Dead Bodies, Funerals, and Other Fatal Circumstances by Lenore Look
Laugh Out Loud Jokes For Kids by Rob Elliott

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