Another Year Older

Thanks to my amazing husband, I had a weekend full of birthday celebrations!

We started the weekend with dinner at the Red Pony in downtown Franklin Friday night.  If you haven’t been there, you MUST try it out. The food and drinks are absolutely wonderful.  It’s best to have a reservation…especially for a larger party.  Josh and I went sans reservation and have maybe a 5 minute wait before being seated on their back patio, which was absolutely perfect. The best part was the food presentation.  It wasn’t a “here is your beef tenderloin with mash potatoes and green beans on the side as an after thought” kind of place.  It was more of a “here is a plate that has been carefully arranged with complimentary flavors” kid of place.  Gosh, I cannot say more good things about the food.  The drink list had a lot of “Western” inspired drink names.  Being the fan that he is, Joshua got the Clint Eastwood and it was delicious!

Saturday we headed to the Nashville Zoo.  It was the perfect zoo weather (a cool 75 with a great breeze) and the mass of people was there to prove it.  Thankfully, Joshua’s parents got us a membership so we got to skip the long line at the entrance!  I decided not to bring the camera and got one good picture of an elephant with my phone.

Elephant at the Nashville Zoo

One our favorite things to do at the zoo is hang out in the reptile house.  Seriously, it’s like a live “Where’s Waldo” but with lizards, snakes, and frogs instead of a guy in a red and white striped shirt, had and glasses.  Unfortunately, the mass amounts of people kept us from staying with the reptiles.  But that’s what we have a membership for! Looking forward to another visit on a less crowded day.

The zoo was followed by lunch at Burger Up.  My brother is a cook there, so we got to hang out with him for a few minutes and he was able to suggest some of his favorites…like the BACON JAM BURGER!  Joshua got that and my bro brought some extra bacon jam for me to try.  I highly suggest going and trying it out..not sure how long it’ll be on the menu as it’s on the specials board.

We popped into Las Paletas right next door for an out of this world popsicle.  If you are in Nasvhille and haven’t had one yet..get on that trip asap.  So good and fresh!  Joshua got the Hibiscus popsicle dipped in chocolate and I got the mixed berry creamy popsicle.  It was like ice cream on a stick…so good and refreshing!  The bonus- the chocolate they use for the dipping is a local made chocolate.

Joshua and I with our popsicles

Sunday was spent at Arrington Vineyards with both sides of the family.  Mom made an out of this world picnic for us and I got to bring my picnic basket, which was a present from Joshua several birthdays ago.  We sat under a large oak tree and dined on the delicious food and then had our wine tasting up at the main building.

Entrance to Arrington Vineyards


The Vincent Family

With mom, dad, and Olivia

Views from Arrington

So blessed to have such a wonderful family to spend a beautiful, relaxing day with.  Looking forward to all the memories we’ll be making this year!

Sister somehow knew to match the wrapping to my outfit!


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