Anniversary Trip + Babymoon

"A babymoon is a vacation taken by a couple that is expecting a baby in order to allow the couple to enjoy a final trip together before the many sleepless nights that usually accompany a newborn baby."

Sounds nice, huh?  This past fall, Jesse and I really wanted to take a babymoon but due to the busyness of the semester, we weren't able to find the time to go on a vacation.  Time was quickly ticking by and this upcoming weekend is the last one that my doctor will let me travel since we are one month away from Baby English!  We also wanted to go somewhere to celebrate 3 years of our marriage. Our first anniversary was spent in Memphis and our second we were snowed in with no power in Starkville!  We wanted to combine an anniversary trip and a babymoon this year and started thinking about nearby cities that we could visit, but we also don't have a lot of money to spend on a vacation...  

We ended up receiving a HUGE blessing from the McDonnells, a very dear family from home.  I have been close with this family since 9th grade and babysat their girls throughout high school.  They are such a special family to me and I have so much to thank them for. They have a BEAUTIFUL cabin in Madison where they let us stay for our anniversary + babymoon trip.  This is also the same place that we stayed on our wedding night, so it was so special to be able to go back for our trip.  

Going back home doesn't really seem like the most fun for a trip like this, but we treated it as a getaway... and it really was!  One of my favorite things about this cabin is when you are there, it doesn't feel like you are in Madison... although it is only about 10 minutes from the I-55 Madison exit.  You would NEVER know it. It is tucked away on a private drive which turns into a dirt road through the woods.  It is situated far back in the woods by a small lake/pond... beautifully surrounded by nature.  Over the weekend we saw so many birds, deer, ducks, and even turkeys! 

We were able to sleep in, relax, read, watch movies and Breaking Bad (the TV show that we are HOOKED on right now), and again RELAX.  We did go into town for dinners and a little shopping, but most of the weekend was spent at the cabin. We really enjoyed having this time together, just the two of us, before life changes more than we know.  I was sad when Monday came and it was time to leave, but I am so thankful that we were able to spend the long weekend here. We are so blessed to have been able to go here for free and get away for the weekend.

Now for the tour!

Thank you again, McDonnells, for sharing your beautiful cabin with us!  For my last weekend of travel we are so excited to go to Memphis and celebrate with Alan Sweet and Jill Horton as they get hitched!  Only 3 days away!

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