in a week - i will be in nashville with my best!
(enjoy these pics of us from the last 12 years...)
it's so exciting :D we're going to take this epic road trip, and we've planned a few surprises for each other along the way :D
as you know, if you regularly read this blog, last summer i got rid of almost every bit of clothing i owned.
it was time for a change, i was still wearing some stuff from high school!
fyi - i literally graduated high school 20 years ago. some of that stuff HAD TO GO!
and plus, i just love giving my stuff away to people who can use it, so... win win <3
i have now filled my closet with clothes i find absolutely beautiful, and things i'm proud to wear.
which is good - cuz i am starting to plan how i'm going to dress on our upcoming road trip.
you might think it's a little silly to plan a week ahead, but let me tell you this -
john john and i have ALWAYS dressed up for each other. i remember being 10 years old and excited that he was coming over, so i'd run upstairs and put on clean clothes and wash my face.
our best friendship is a BIG deal... and we've always taken it really seriously.
it MEANS something huge to be together... especially since we hardly EVER get to do it these days... i think the last time i saw him in person was 3 years ago! it's BAD that neither of us can even REMEMBER when it was, cuz it's been so long :/
all that to say - i am planning pretty outfits because he matters SO much to me.
and i'm thinking it will go a little something like this...
something cute but nice, but definitely baggy and comfy for the insane journey there.
my flight is at 2 which means i need to be there by 12:30 which means i'll have to leave home by 10 am
which means i'll have to be up by 7:30 or 8 am. then a 6 hour flight, an hour layover, and then 2 more hours.
once i'm in nashville, it'll take about 45 mins to drive to his place.
all in all - that's a good 16 hour day, at the very least. uggggggggh. THINK POSITIVELY, BRAIN.
YOU CAN DO IT.
we'll spend the first day in nashville just hanging out at our favorite places, so i'm planning on some pretty flowers for our first official day together :D
the next few days we'll be in pigeon forge at dollywood and doing other fun stuff there, shopping, butterfly sanctuary, and the dinosaur museum... shopping... etc. we love gatlinburg cuz we love dolly, so it's a no brainer ;D (spoiler alert - while we're enjoying dollywood, pigeon forge and gatlinburg - i've booked us a room at an amazing hotel we've always wanted to stay at - i can't wait to show you!!!) i'll probably rock some of my normal annie hall/lumberjack lady realness for these momentous occasions :D :D :D
we'll have a few fancy dinners there, so probs something like this...
i seem to have accrued quite a few aztec patterns and WAY more flowers as of late...
after living the dream at the dinosaur museum and butterfly sanctuary - we'll have some hardcore distance driving to set off on, so i'll probably just rock one of my new adorable t-shirts... like this - only appropriate... and much much cuter. trust me.
and then - something HUGE is happening, so i'm not even going to write it here in case it spoils the surprise, but here's what i'm gonna wear.... BECAUSE IT'S MASSIVE. one of the most exciting things i've planned over the past 5 years! ahhhh!
and after that - we'll have to speed back to nashville (i'm talkin' maybe drive 12 hours straight through the last day) so i can catch my flight home at noon. i will be exhausted, but hopefully look cute - because my flight home will be an even LONGER JOURNEY than my one there. but guess who's worth it? that's right, me. kidding - JOHN!!!! john is worth it :D
john john has been worth it a thousand times over <3
to be quite honest - i could wear dirty pajamas the whole time and never shower and it would STILL be an amazing trip - because i'm spending it with my best friend in the entire world <3 but i think it's so neat that still, after all these years - we get so excited about seeing each other that we dress up and look our best... like we're going to church... or going on a first date.... only it's a first date that's lasted 28 years, and we only get more excited about it as the years pass by :D <3