Memorial Day Weekend in Pictures: May 2015

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

It's been a little while since I last did a "My Week in Pictures" post, and while this isn't really a full week's worth of pictures- just those from the long holiday weekend, I thought it might be fun to share.  And no, we didn't go anywhere special, but we did manage to cram a lot of stuff into a few short days.  So here's a look at how we spent our time.

We started our weekend on Friday night at a cool little barbeque spot in Nashville.  We dined outside on the patio.  The weather was perfect!


And here's Lexi enjoying her favorite entree, the menu.  She's a connoisseur- only the finest for her.  


After dinner, we walked around and stopped for popcicles at another favorite spot, Las Palates.  Yum yum.  


And then before heading home, we spied this cool bench that read "Vintage" so Lexi and I stopped for a photo.  It sat right outside a little vintage clothing store that I also strolled through.  The owner says they are never open at night but she had a lot of inventory to work through so her doors were still open.  Lucky for me!  I didn't make any purchases, but I do love taking a peek at vintage clothes. 


On Saturday morning, we headed over to the Nashville Flea Market where we scored the green hanging basket pictured behind Lexi in the photo below. 



But my find of the day was this 1967 Fisher Price Tuggy Tooter toy.  It has special meaning to my husband's family.  When I saw it, I could hardly believe my eyes.  It's in perfect condition too- the foot pedal still works and it still toots right along.   



I loved these signs.  The Flamingo Motel and Mayberry Feed and Seed are my favorites.  But they didn't come home with us.  Sometimes it just fun to window shop too!



Saturday night was our neighborhood party.  It was a low country boil of crawfish and shrimp, with every side dish you can imagine.  Here's a street view as we started setting up.  The tent to the far left is our yard.  


The guys cooked the main fare.  Here's a look at it before everyone dug in.  




And here are me and some of my neighbors at the party.  It was such a fun night!  We dined in the street as the music and the kids played.  Lexi took a little nap in her stroller as I chatted with the neighbors.  Good times!



Sunday brought a few projects.  John handily recovered our coffee table, which has been in need of some attention lately.  


And Lexi started testing it out immediately.


I decided to gussy up the front yard for Memorial Day with these little flags.  I wish I had done it a day earlier for the block party, but alas I was a day late (for that- but still a day early for the holiday).


I couldn't help but notice how our roses are taking off this spring.  They are just so lovely I had to share.


We purchased these ground cover roses at the Flea Market on Saturday and got them in the ground over the weekend too. 





...As well as this Don Juan climbing rose.  This variety is old, old, old.  It's a traditional rose like you rarely see anymore.  The petals are like red velvet.  We planted it at the base of my dinner bell so it can climb right on up. 



And I finally planted my hen and chicks.  Now that was a chore.  No wonder I've been putting it off. Funny story, these pots were free (there are 3 of them).  John found them on the curb on trash day and brought them home.  I guess someone else was tired of planting these buggers too. But you can't beat the price and I do love how they turned out. 


I laughed so hard when I saw this sitting in my flower bed.  Looks like John has been doing some pest control again.  Although all I can think is Elmer Fudd.  Silly husband.


 I clipped quite a few roses from the garden and brought them in. 


I wish you could smell these.  They are heaven.



Then it was time for a break at the pool.  Dang that water was cold.  I had planned to get in but didn't once I did a quick temperature check.  Lexi winced upon entry but didn't cry, thank goodness.












Once she got warmed up, she was good to go!



It was off to the races.  This girl is a little guppy- kick, kick, splash, splash...  She loves the water!


After a while it was time to warm up again.  Mama brought lots of big fluffy beach towels.


Snuggle, snuggle little one.  



It was a rainy Memorial Day for us.  But that didn't really stop our plans.   


We drove down to Bell Buckle, TN for some country cooking and a little antiquing. First stop was lunch at the Bell Buckle Cafe.




And here was my lunch- pinto beans, fried okra, sliced tomatoes, green beans, cornbread and sweet tea.  Need I say more?


This cafe is just so cute.  Take a look at how they decorated their front porch.



And I'd be willing to bet that most people don't know that Bell Buckle is home to the RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival each summer.  Oh, and they are proud of their roots.





We bought a couple moon pies to take home.  John ate his.  Mine is still glaring at me from the kitchen counter.  I just can't bring myself to eat it.  Marshmellow fan I am not.



John found the train parked in the center of town and stopped for a picture. 


Then Lexi had to take a spin too, of course.


Last stop was at the local ice cream shop.  Lexi has discovered her love of ice cream, as you can see here.  


Then it was a rainy drive back home to end the weekend.  I did a quick peek out the back door to be sure we hadn't left anything out in the yard that shouldn't get wet, and this is what I found.  That's one of Izzie's babies floating in her waterlogged frisbee.  It appears to be doing the backstroke.  No worries.  I've seen worse.


So that was it.  A fine weekend indeed.  Lots of fun- even if we just stayed home.  I hope your's was just as good.  It's the moments between the moments where memories happen.  It's all important and all good.  Here's to a good (short) week ahead!

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