This weekend was exactly what I needed. It was a weekend of fun, with good friends, and good memories. Was the weather perfect? Absolutely not. But we didn’t let that stop us from having a good time!
I got to Nashville on Friday night, and promptly reunited with my 1004 girls. Figuring out housing in college was always stressful. Senior year, I was kind of odd-man-out when it came to housing. But my sophomore roommate, Sarah, swooped in and saved the day with her suite. I didn’t know the two girls that she would be living with very well, but looking back I am so thankful that everything turned out the way it did! Sarah assured me that the two were easy to live with. And she was so right. Kelsey and Alyssa were more than just good roommates – they became two of my best friends!
Kelsey, Sarah, Leah, Alyssa
After several reunion hugs, we met up with Alyssa’s fiancee (still so strange to say that) and several of his friends for dinner at the Pharmacy, a really cool burger joint out in East Nashville.
Copious amounts of sweet potato fries later, we headed to downtown Nashville to check out the Broadway scene! The whole weekend was such a college throwback, I was in absolute heaven.
After a loooooong night out, we were up and at ‘em bright and early Saturday morning! Will Parker’s sister-in-law’s brother passed away unexpectedly several years ago, and his family puts on a race in his honor. Being good sports, we decided to support Alyssa and WP by running with them! Little did we know that we would be (literally) running on about 3.5 hours of sleep.
We headed down the road to the 4th annual Bruce Gilley Run for Him memorial race. Kelsey, Alyssa and I ambitiously set out to do the 10k – Will Parker and Robbie smartly chose the 5k. Due to our late night, and our stop at McDonald’s for some much needed coffee, we actually showed up a few minutes late. Never fear! The girls and I just jumped in the course late, and joined the other runners. We finished in a little over an hour – pretty good for no sleep and the freezing temps!
Can you tell we were excited to cross the finish line?
We stood around for a few minutes afterwards, talking to WP’s family, then it was time for a quick Chick-fil-a breakfast stop before heading home for a nap. Sadly, I never actually napped – I flipped through Lys’s bridal magazines instead! I love a good wedding planning session.
After showering up, we headed out to tailgate for a bit before the game. I ran into some AOII’s, including my little, Sam, and her boyfriend, Brion. It was so great to catch up with old friends and hear about the cool things that they are doing in their lives!
Leah and Sam
Brant, Leah and Brion
Instead of going to the game (we never did in college, why start now?) we headed to Jackson’s for dinner and then met up with the boys at Chuy’s for drinks. Then it was back downtown to Broadway! We were maximizing our time together in Nashville – minimal sleep, lots of fun.
Yesterday morning, I woke up and said goodbye to the 1004 girls. I picked up Claire for a quick breakfast at Fido, then hit the road towards home! I needed to be back in time for choir rehearsal at 5pm.
Overall, it was a wonderful weekend. Looking back, I can see just how lucky I was to have the college experience that I had. Vanderbilt (and Nashville) are filled with happy memories for me, of good times with good people! I feel so blessed to still live close enough to come back and celebrate every once in awhile.
What were you up to this weekend? Anything fun? It was also my mom’s birthday this weekend – happy birthday Mom!