Weekend in Memphis

Bundle Up and Spend MLK Day Outside

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Though we’re already in the thick of the worst tax season SVV has experienced to date—and I’m buried under writing deadlines with a month of college-like all-nighters on the horizon—we still managed to steal away for a quick weekend trip to Memphis nonetheless.

Weekend in Memphis

Memphis is a four-hour drive from where we live, I’ve been visiting my family there all my life, and yet I hadn’t been in Tennessee’s largest city since this same weekend last year for St. Jude’s annual Country Cares event.

My cousin Coco, who’s practically my second sister—or should I say my first sister since she was around loooong before Kari?—lives there with her husband and their two girls, who are practically my nieces and also certifiably the coolest kids you ever did meet. Let’s just say, I jump at any chance I get to hang out with this fab foursome, and seeing as we hadn’t all been together since The Royal Wedding in September, it was high-time we caught up.
Weekend in Memphis

Especially since this party of four is about to be a party of five! Baby Boy is joining our wacky family on Earth Day, and this is the last time we’ll all be together without a newborn in tow.

Weekend in Memphis

Originally, we had grand plans—go see a movie! do a bunch of shopping! spend all weekend outdoors!—but Coco’s pregnancy (she’s seven-and-a-half months along) coupled with the weather and the fact that we were both feeling a bit lethargic put a bit of a crimp in those plans. Instead, Saturday was spent lunching at Panera, making a quick stop at Justice, then retreating to our respective couches for naps.

But don’t worry, guys; we had built-in entertainment nonetheless. Have you ever seen a Whip/Nae Nae quite like this one before? (More video goodness up on my Snapchat: LunaticAtLarge.)

And we also had donuts. Lots and lots of Gibson’s Donuts. Hey, if they’re good enough for Alton Brown…

Weekend in Memphis

Weekend in Memphis
Weekend in Memphis

Still, SVV and John did manage to ditch us all and head to the fringe of Holly Springs National Forest for a boys’ night at their family cabin in Mississippi, while us quartet of girls stuck closer to home. We were fine with that arrangement. No boys = even more excuse to laze around all weekend long!

Weekend in Memphis

We had big plans to get out and see the sights, but were quickly hypnotized by the idea of all weekend in our jammies on the couch. OK, I should rephrase that: Some of us were in our jammies. Others of us (i.e. this girl in her yoga pants and Gap Fit sweatshirt) don’t have nearly as fancy jammies, but all the better to get Oreo dust and Pop-Tarts crumbs on!

Weekend in Memphis
Weekend in Memphis

We worked our way through the girls’ Netflix queue—I may be newly obsessed with Good Luck Charlie (though the lack of a comma seriously bothers me) and Grace Stirs Up Success, and I know it’s not healthy as an almost-33 year old—and when they went to bed, Coco and I got some quality catch-up time the second the clock struck 9.

Weekend in Memphis

On Sunday morning, Margaret—our defiant, strong-willed one—simply would not allow us to avoid the outdoors for much longer, despite the bone-chilling 29 degree temps, but getting outside turned out to be just what everyone needed.

Weekend in Memphis

Weekend in Memphis
Weekend in Memphis

We headed to their local park and swung and swung to these little girls’ hearts’ content. We played hide-and-seek. We threw rocks at ducks. We took videos.

Weekend in Memphis
Weekend in Memphis

Weekend in Memphis

Weekend in Memphis
Weekend in Memphis
I even made an iPhone montage of our time there with my new obsession, the Potion app—the Beta version of which you can download here, by the way.

Sometimes, you just need a weekend like this one to recharge. And sometimes, you need kids in your life to remind you that having a bit of good, old-fashioned fun is good for the mind and heart.

Weekend in Memphis

Though I’m not taking MLK Day off—plight of the self-employed—I do hope that many of you are and will take advantage of the free national parks admission to get outdoors like we did this weekend and enjoy life.

Weekend in Memphis
Weekend in Memphis

Thanks to Coco, McKayla and Margaret for always showing me the recipe for a perfect weekend, even when I didn’t know it’s exactly what I needed.

Weekend in Memphis
Weekend in Memphis
Weekend in Memphis
COMMENTS
  • January 18, 2016

    I would just like to point out that when *I* spend all day in my jams, it’s sad and my husband gives me a lecture on dignity. When you do it, it’s cool and artsy and why can’t I be comfortable with myself like Kristin? THAT’S HOW COOL YOU ARE.

  • January 18, 2016

    Your photos have me wishing it wasn’t cold enough here in Atlanta that the mud in my backyard is still covered in ice crystals at noon. You know how much we love the Great Outdoors, but it ain’t happening in this weather! Holly Springs looks nice, but it’s a PJs-and-Netflix day for us as well!

  • January 19, 2016

    Lovely Pictures !!

  • January 19, 2016

    Such a lovely post! At times it’s not a bad thing when a busy schedule with friends and family is reduced to “quiet” time at home with everyone!

  • January 19, 2016

    MINI ME is my HERO!

  • January 20, 2016

    It is about a year since I went on business. The photos just remind me about my children, that is pretty long time not to wrap them on arms.

  • February 1, 2016

    They are totally beautiful you are very lucky

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