This week ends up providing the perfect opportunity to pause and reflect on the year. What did you accomplish? What do you want to do the same or differently next year? What are your goals for 2018?
2017 has been one of the best years of my life. I got married this year, I finally asked the universe for this great big thing called being a writer, and I traveled to places I had never been before. I am looking forward to 2018 with a personal expectation to pursue the business side of blogging, learn more about photography, and create various city guides. I also want to start vlogging via YouTube which is an extremely intimidating undertaking but I’m stoked. Basically, I could stop everything I’m doing now (aka my full-time job) and commit myself to nothing but learning new programs and equipment. However, I love being a nurse which means that making progress on the technical side of things might happen at a slower pace around here. I would ask you guys to be patient with me but you’ve already proven your magnificence up to this point. This blog, much like its author, is a work in progress. Let’s all be messy and understanding together, yes?
Now for a recap of my travels in 2017…
Asheville, NC- Blog posts about my bachelorette weekend and hidden gems around Asheville here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. I’m realizing now how much time we spent in Asheville this year. It’s only an hour and a half from Bristol but the drive feels much shorter.
Hot Springs, NC- Post on soaking in Hot Springs here.
Kingsport, TN- I started my love affair with Gypsy Circus Cider here.
Knoxville, TN- Christopher’s birthday party here at Maple Hall.
Mendota, VA- Our kayaking experience at Adventure Mendota here.
Put-in-Bay, OH- This bride got two bachelorette parties and one of them was here.
…and the trips I have planned in 2018 so far!
New York City, NY
Please let me know if you have any recommendations for these cities! I would really appreciate suggestions for what to see, where to eat, etc. Definitely fill me in on something that isn’t worth the time/money. I’m blessed to even be able to go on these adventures so let me know what kinds of things you’d like to see on the blog. Lastly I want to say that I’ve been astonished at how kindly everyone has received You, Me, and Tennessee these last 6 months. I couldn’t be more grateful to you guys for reading my posts. Here’s to us taking 2018 by the horns.
Until next time,
Gatlinburg has been a tourist destination for years but just recently it’s been on the map for moonshine, whiskey, and wine tastings. Now, there’s one more adult beverage you have to sample on your way to the national park. The Mead Bar can be found inside The Savannah Bee Company next to Anakeesta on the Parkway. In case you aren’t as familiar with the ancient libation, mead is made primarily of honey. The term “honeymoon” comes from medieval times when it was customary to gift the bride and groom with enough mead to last one full moon. Continue reading “THE MEAD BAR”
Hey y’all, I hope you like the featured photo for today’s post. The wedding photos are trickling in and I can’t wait to share them with friends, family, and of course the lovely readers of You, Me, and Tennessee. This post is wedding themed so it’s more of a “Bride Day Friday” and “Friday 5 Things” hybrid. Continue reading “FRIDAY 5 THINGS”
It’s no secret that Joe is my favorite non-human. He is the short and chubby love of my life. Since we don’t have kiddos Joe Joe gets presents from Santa Paws each year. When buying a gift for someone, even your dog, you should start by making a list of their favorite things. My kid likes to eat, nap, and chew so his gifts revolve around those themes. He’s in desperate need of a hair and nail trim so that gift will be added last minute. This might sound like less of gift and more of a punishment because some dogs hate baths and Joe is no different. He is, however, hopelessly in love with the grooming ladies at Pet Smart and they love him in return so he will be over the moon. Continue reading “WHAT JOE IS GETTING FROM SANTA PAWS”
Since I grew up in Sevier County, going home and seeing all the decorations feels like Christmas to me. I love to watch my hometown go nuts for the holidays. I look forward to driving to my dad’s store on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge and seeing the “12 Days of Christmas” scenes. God help me, I even like to drive the spur on the way to Gatlinburg at night just so the darkness of the tree cover can open up to an electric light parade. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite places to visit in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge to ring in the Christmas season. Continue reading “THAT’S CHRISTMAS TO ME”
My mother-in-law gets asked to make her sugar cookies for every family function of the year. I’m not much of a cookie fan so I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about. I think I first had them on the Fourth of July. She shaped them into American flags and I got my paws on one before she made it red, white, and blue. One bite. That was it. I was done for. I’ve never had a better sugar cookie in my life and neither will you. Trust me, this is the only sugar cookie recipe you will ever need. Continue reading “THE ONLY SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE YOU WILL EVER NEED”
This edition of Friday 5 things is just as random as the others but I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them. Before I jump down the rabbit hole, I would like to remind you of this week’s posts if you missed any. Continue reading “FRIDAY 5 THINGS”
I wanted to share these photos taken by Tara Hodges with Sweet Snaps based out of Kingsport, Tennessee. She shot our wedding photos and we continue to fall in love with the way she captures our little family with her camera. Of course Joe had to be in our Christmas card picture since we’re all Kiblers now and he’s no longer illegitimate. October 28th was a big day for him, too. I hope you enjoy these snapshots of us.
We wish you a very merry Christmas and a bountiful new year. We pray for God’s protection and provision in your life. We thank you for being on this journey with us. I want to personally thank you for taking the time to read my posts here on “You, Me, and Tennessee”. Your support means more than you know.
Until next time,