Nashville Zoo

Our summer is rather hectic trying to balance family, work and pleasure time.  This is the first summer I have ever worked since having children and to say that they are unhappy is an understatement.

Audley and I have put a lot of thought into things we can do to enjoy family time together as well as visit our families who are six hours away.  Recently we ran away for the weekend to Nashville where we enjoyed quite a lovely day at the Nashville Zoo with my parents, siblings, nieces and nephews.

We have always loved visiting the zoo and even though our kids are teenagers, the fun that comes with a zoo trip is still a joy to us all!

Before visiting the Nashville Zoo, it’s important to note that this is not the Chicago, Atlanta or St. Louis Zoo.  The Nashville Zoo is smaller and set up as a beautiful park perfect for picnicking and strolling through.  The zoo features an adorable wild animal carousel as well as a super fun playground area known as the “Jungle Gym”, just perfect for my little nieces who joined us.

Welcome to the Nashville Zoo

Welcome to the Nashville Zoo

The day we chose to visit was absolutely beautiful and quite warm for a June day.  But, this is the south so I honestly wouldn’t have expected it to be any other way!

I hope you’ll enjoy this little walk through the zoo with my family!

Ticket gate for the Zoo

Ticket gate for the Zoo

An exhibit of tropical birds greeted us first .... absolutely beautiful without a doubt!

An exhibit of tropical birds greeted us first …. absolutely beautiful without a doubt!

My girls and nieces ... aren't they all so beautiful?

My girls and nieces … aren’t they all so beautiful?

 

And the boys .... they stayed as far away from the girls as possible, including for pictures.

And the boys …. they stayed as far away from the girls as possible, including for pictures.

With the day being so hot and humid (a typical Southern, summer day), many of the animals want to nap, but were able to enjoy almost all of the animals anyway.  Several were quite photogenic and posed, just for us.

I'm a meerkat lover and this one just kept posing for me.  Isn't he a doll?

I’m a meerkat lover and this one just kept posing for me. Isn’t he a doll?

The kids loved the kangaroos & hanging out in their habitat; these guys were so awesome and would walk right up to you.

The kids loved the kangaroos & hanging out in their habitat; these guys were so awesome and would walk right up to you.

I'm a bird lover and the lorakeet habitat was one of my favorites.  They would land on you if you had nector for them to enjoy.

I’m a bird lover and the lorikeet habitat was one of my favorites. They would land on you if you had nectar for them to enjoy.

Several species of the cat family live at the Nashville Zoo

Several species of the cat family live at the Nashville Zoo

A much prettier version of the "pink flamingo" than I normally see in the south.  hehe

A much prettier version of the “pink flamingo” than I normally see in the south. hehe

The entrance to the Savanna exhibit where the elephants and giraffes live

The entrance to the Savanna exhibit where the elephants and giraffes live

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We never quite figured out WHAT kind of animals these were!!
We never quite figured out WHAT kind of animals these were!!

After enjoying the animals, the smaller kids had a little fun riding the carousel and playing on the Jungle Gym playground.  So much for everyone to enjoy and most relaxing indeed!

I love carousels ... they take me back in time.

I love carousels … they take me back in time.

Entrance to the Jungle Gym

Entrance to the Jungle Gym

I loved all of the landscaping around the zoo, from the planters to the garden areas.

I loved all of the landscaping around the zoo, from the planters to the garden areas.

My brother’s company in Nashville has done a lot of work at the zoo (including a current project that should be finished in the fall).  I think they have done a wonderful job helping create such a family space, just perfect for a fun day out.

My girls with my little niece, Kynlee in one of the small decorative garden areas.

My girls with my little niece, Kynlee in one of the small decorative garden areas.

As I said, this isn’t your major metropolitan area zoo, but still a wonderful way to spend the day with the family.  There is plenty of space for picnicking and playing as well as relaxing trails to explore and even interact with so much of God’s creation.  I definitely recommend the Nashville Zoo for an activity and part of a quick get-away.

Have a wonderful week!

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Real Estate Love: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s Franklin Estate

I am a huge country music fan and even more so of country sweethearts Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
from Nashville.com
I love their exquisite taste and style, so when I learned they were selling one of their residences in the Nashville area, I had to check it out!
Listed at $20 million (pocket change, right?), part of this beautiful estate once belonged to Hank Williams Senior, so there is much history there.
With four residences on the property from a main house to a caretakers apartment in the stables, this place has so much to offer.  Check out these gorgeous pictures.
(**All pictures are from Zillowblog.com)
The interior of this house was used in the video Tim & Faith did for their duet “I Need You” while it was being remodeled.
Don’t you just love the exposed wood wall?  SO rustic, yet elegant!

 

 

Check out those gorgeous hard-wood floors!

 

I love that their decorating choices didn’t take away from the style of the house.  Such a calm color scheme.  It is most definitely an escape from the hustle and bustle of a busy schedule.

 

Sitting out on this porch with a cup of tea would be most relaxing indeed.

 

 

According to real estate blog Zillow, the parcel of land that is being sold is 753 acres!

 

 

 

A guest house perhaps?

 

Looks like there is plenty of space for a kitchen garden!

 

 

 

I totally could see myself living here, but alas, I’m a little short of funds for this gorgeous home!
What do you think of Tim & Faith’s style?