Thursday, August 8, 2013

Tennessee Trip

This past week we hopped a plane down to Tennessee to spend some quality time with Brian's family and friends.  Before we left, I kept telling my husband that this was not a vacation.  This was a trip.  A nice, relaxing trip filled with good company, but a trip nonetheless.

A vacation requires a hotel reservation, sightseeing, and day drinking.  Bonus points if it is somewhere you've never been or you need a passport to gain entry.

Anyway, back to our Tennessee trip.  One of the great things about visiting Brian's family is being able to experience things that we don't see in DC.  Like fields, farm animals, and friendly people.  Just kidding, there are some fields around here.

My father in law took us to a farm run by his friends that recently moved to Tennessee from our area.  They raise a multitude of different animals and live in a rustic log cabin, basically the opposite of their old lives and they couldn't be happier.  They showed us all around their property and let us get up close and personal with their animals.

I really wanted to pet this lady, but was told she would try to eat my clothes

I feel like I'm the only person who doesn't like pigs. I just don't understand their appeal.  This didn't stop me from photographing them though.

This chunkster was the size of a small horse and loved his mud puddle.

The ducks were my favorite!  They traveled in a huge pack and were so cute.

It started raining ridiculously hard, so we packed up and headed back to my father in law's property.  He lives in the middle of nowhere, so everything is peaceful.

Peaceful and muddy.

Brian showing off his skillz on the three wheeler

My brother in law has been raising cows at his dad's, which we had to visit so that we report back on their progress.

Joe the sweetie

We didn't just visit farm animals though, we also spent some quality time with family.  Our adorable little niece was our main entertainment for the week.

And, that's what we've been up to lately as we wait to finally get into our new house!

I'm curious, what's your definition of a vacation?  Do you think visiting family is a vacation or no?


  1. Aw, I love all the animal pictures! I like the *idea* of pigs more than I like them in actuality, but that mud-puddle pig is too funny!

    To me, visiting family is not a vacation, but most of our family lives within a couple hours of us, so while there are elements of vacation if we go do something new, it doesn't count. I think a vacation is somewhere you choose to go regardless of whether family is there, with the sole purpose of seeing or doing new things (or just relaxing!).

    1. I like your definition! We rarely do anything new while visiting family and we definitely wouldn't visit if it weren't for our awesome family there.

  2. Oh my gosh, I LOVE your pictures. I'm such a city kid...cows, goats, and pigs are awesome.

    I have a picture of a little goat about to take a bite out of my dress at our county fair. I definitely didn't anticipate that!

    1. Luckily, the owners warned me about her, otherwise I would have ruined some of my favorite clothes.


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