So we tried camping.
It was an adventure for sure. I get sucked into those RV shows on GAC and think "I could totally live in an RV, travel the county and see the sights." After having spent one night in a pop-up camper, I am not convinced I could do full-time.
Maybe if I had a $200k Class A... but that's neither here nor there.
Stu and I had date night about a week ago. A true date night - sans Remy! The big kids were at church for Parents' Night Out. And we lucked out because Uncle Scotty, Aunt Allison and cousin Shayli wanted to spend some QT with Rem. Woo hoo!
I've had my eye on this BBQ joint in the Gulch for a while now.
It did not disappoint. Actually, I think it's my favorite BBQ spot so far.
It was fairly busy when we arrived. Peg Leg Porker is similar to Martin's... you wait in line to place your order. Then you go sit. The line in was out the door. While I was in the rest room, Stu snagged two spots at the bar in the back. You are allowed to sit and order there (if you can find seats).
I ordered a pulled pork sandwich with slaw and mac. And I asked for the HOT BBQ sauce. I was in BBQ heaven. The pork was so tender. I could taste the smoke. The mac was super cheesy and the cole slaw was juicy and refreshing.
Stu ordered ribs, beans and fries. The ribs have a dry rub on them. He opted for no sauce. His ribs were quite yummy (I may have stolen a nibble). The beans were amazing... they have a smokey flavor.
So, would I recommend this place? Enthusiastically YES. This is a must-do for out-of-towners.
Thanks Stu for taking me out on the town. And thank you to the literal village who took care of the three little Stus.
Where to next?
So far it seems all we do in Nashville is eat... Well, the southern cookin' is dang good.
Uncle Bud's, located in Donelson, is the best place for fried anything. Stu gets the fried catfish. Reagan ordered fried chicken. Riley ordered grilled chicken (egg allergy). And I asked for the fried gator.
The sides are delivered family-style shortly after you sit down. The beans and hush puppies are amazing!
Yes Dad, we will take you here when you come visit. =)
I've never been a huge fan of the fair.
My parents have taken Reagan and Riley once or twice to the South Florida Fair when they were really little. Neither remembers any of it.
Fast forward to 2019. Since living in Nashville, we have heard from several people that the Wilson County Fair is a great one. One of the best in the entire state. So when my cousin asked if we would be interested in meeting them there one afternoon, we said YES.
One of the things I have been most excited about is the Nashville weather. It's still summer, so we are rocking high 80s/low 90s most days. But one day, the temps will drop. I hear fall is an incredible time of year.
The house we moved into has a fantastic backyard. Stu has grand plans for outdoor activities. I prefer to get out of the house whenever possible. The kids get kind of stir crazy if we don't go somewhere each day.
Apparently there is this sidewalk system that runs around our new city. It's called the Nashville Greenway. There are many spots to hop on and off the trail. One such spot is fairly close to our house. So, I piled the monsters into the car, along with the jogging stroller, and headed off in search of some natural beauty.
We couldn't go too far down the path. It had rained recently and the Stones River overflowed, covering the Greenway. And also one of my kids complained the ENTIRE time (Care to guess which one?).
But we will be back. Let's wait until the temps drop a bit.
Well, we made it to Nashville. The house is coming along... it'll be a work in progress for quite a while. But we love it.
One of the things about moving that Riley was most looking forward to was trying some new food joints - particularly spots featured on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. We are obsessed with the Food Network.
First up was Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint. There are several locations in the Nashville area. We opted to stop by the Mount Juliet location. I know it's not the flagship, but it was close to the shopping we were doing in the morning. If you're looking for it, it is across the street from the Providence shopping center.
As you know, Riley has a severe allergy to eggs... eating at new places is a tad bit terrifying for me. But the staff at Martin's was amazing. They knew what had eggs (the buns) and what would be safe for him to eat. They made him a grilled chicken breast with a side of fries. Reagan and I ordered BBQ pork sandwiches. Reagan had a side of fries and I chose the mac-and-cheese. All of it was DELICIOUS.
Some things you may want to know ahead of time:
Send us your recommendations... We are always looking for new stuff to do.