On Sunday I was feeling pretty crummy. This always happens to me about a week before Christmas because I start stressing about everything that needs to be done, and I worry if I will make Christmas for Mia a memorable one. I went over to Kat's, Mia's paternal grandmother, after work and she could tell something was on my mind.
Somewhere along the way, someone suggested that we go to Gaylord Opryland to look at the lights and decorations. Even though I wasn't feeling hot and it was already 8pm, I went. I thought that if I could give Mia a Christmas memory it would all be worth it!
The crew! (l-r) Jamal, Mia, Imani, Sam, and Kat
I will probably be talking about these folks more in the new year as they are my Nashville family, so let me introduce them!
Jamal- Mia's father! We aren't together but remain super close friends and even better co-parents. I realize that is a rarity now days so I am truly blessed!
Mia- That's my baby girl! She will be four in February and is just as social, theatrical, bright and busy as she wants to be!
Imani- This is Jamal's brother, Mia's uncle! He is the closest thing I have to a brother in every way. Check out an example here.
Sam- Here is a young lady I hope sticks around! She is Imani's "boo thang" (their words...lol) and a joy to be around! Demure, witty, and most of all confident enough to deal with Imani's teenage angst/mood swings! LOL
Kat- Jamal and Imani's mom, Mia's grandma! My second mom! Culinary legend! People all over know about this woman's amazing cooking. She inspired this recipe and pretty much any other recipes I attempt to cook! She is also part inspiration behind the name #operationbrickhouse! She has kept her body in shape and maintained it her entire life and has taught me a thing or two!
My camera sucks!! All I want for Xmas is a better one!!
Sam, Mia, and Imani
This tree made of lights was HUGE! Even after moving back I couldn't capture the whole thing!
Mia, Me and Jamal (being a goof!) the best co-parent anyone could ask for!
Nativity Scene! It had a audio re-enactment playing
Horse and Carriage! They are all over Nashville. I WILL ride in one one of these days!
Mia pointing at someone or something lol
The lovebirds <3
Overall I had a great time walking around looking at the decorations, spending time with the fam, and getting back into the Christmas spirit. I definitely am going to visit the Gaylord again in the future! I can't even explain through pictures or writing how fabulous that place looked but you can check more out here.
What Christmas season memories have you been able to make this year? What are some activities do you do every year?