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Labor Day Weekend in Georgia

I had a really special Labor Day Weekend. Sullie and I drove down to Georgia to spend a few days with my grandmother. I told my grandmother I was going to surprise her with which golden I was going to bring. She guessed Sullie and guessed right! Sullie’s relaxed pace is just right for Mema’s house. 🙂


Sullie enjoyed a weekend of being an only pup and got spoiled like only grandmothers know how to spoil. This is my grandmother sharing her cereal milk with Sullie. Haha. Don’t worry, Zoey was pretty much in heaven in Charlotte being the center of her dad’s world and I got reports that they went on a four mile walk and Zoey got to sleep in the bed.


We arrived on Saturday evening and I whipped up a quick dinner of a rotisserie chicken I picked up from Whole Foods, parmesan couscous and steamed broccoli with a little butter and cheese. (Because everything is better with a little butter and cheese!)


I ate a piece of hummingbird cake with a cup of tea while we sat on the couch and chatted for a while after dinner.


I slept for TEN hours on Saturday night and woke up around 9 on Sunday. I picked up this coconut chia greek yogurt at Whole Foods and used it for a granola parfait.


All the good things in here…yogurt, bananas, flax cranberry almond granola and peanut butter.


After breakfast and porch sitting (we do a lot of that!), I took off for a run. I covered 5 miles in 45 minutes. I arrived back a sweaty mess and found my aunt and cousin had stopped by for a visit.


My cousin just got married in Maine and she had 350 printed pictures to show us. They were GORGEOUS!

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Maine isn’t the first place to come to mind when you think destination wedding but the scenery was stunning. She said it was 78 degrees and sunny at 6 p.m. when they got married out on these rocks. Her husband has family from Maine so that’s how they got the idea to get married there. So unique and beautiful.

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The wedding was super small with just their families so it was really nice for me and my grandmother to get to experience it through photos and her stories.


We had chicken salad for lunch while we all caught up. I made a salad to go along with.


And a homemade chocolate chip cookie for dessert. Sullie had her eye on the prize but her cuteness did not win me over.


After my family left I ran to the store to grab some things for dinner and came back with some flowers to brighten up my grandmother’s house.


And a new toy for Sullie. She was in heaven having something not ripped up by her sister that still squeaks. It stayed with her for the rest of our visit!


I stopped by the farmers market the morning I left Charlotte to pick up a bunch of things for my grandmother. I made a dinner featuring some of the things from the market on Sunday night. We had tomato pie (recipe soon), roasted okra and squash casserole. So yummy!

Later that evening we watched I’ll See You in My Dreams and then I went to bed and finally finished Where’d You Go Bernadette.


Monday morning was a repeat of Sunday morning with breakfast and porch sitting. When I finally decided to move my body, I thought it was a good idea to go to the park a few blocks away and run hill sprints. Good lord. I nearly died!


I spent a few more hours with my grandmother chatting and doing things around the house before making lunch and packing up.


Lunch was a repeat of Sunday but with some pineapple added.


Sullie and I left around 4 p.m. and arrived back in Charlotte around 8 just as it was getting dark. I stopped to take this photo in the middle of a big orchard in Georgia. I love the hour-long drive from my grandmother’s house to the Interstate. Everything seems to go at a slower pace and I always find myself reflecting on how lucky and grateful I am for my relationship with my grandmother.

Counting the days until our next visit.

What did you do for Labor Day Weekend? Did you travel?

Have you ever had tomato pie?

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • Cassie Tran September 8, 2015, 12:47 pm

    What an incredible weekend! 🙂 And incredible food!

  • Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run September 8, 2015, 12:54 pm

    So sweet. I also spent Labor Day weekend with my Gma — usually do since her b-day falls around the holiday. I, too, am so grateful for the relationship we have 🙂

    • Jen September 8, 2015, 8:12 pm

      That’s perfect! I always try really hard to make a trip to my grandmother’s happen around her birthday too.

  • She Rocks Fitness September 8, 2015, 1:38 pm

    Love that yoga picture of you in the fields…Very cool! My Mom has been spoiling Lucy like crazy up here in Nantucket. She gets so much love and attention. It is adorable. Glad you had a wonderful weekend and enjoy the short week!

    • Jen September 8, 2015, 8:12 pm

      Thank you!! Hope you had a great weekend too!

  • Amy Clingan September 8, 2015, 1:53 pm

    I would love the squash casserole recipe!! I have a great one but it relies heavily on copious amounts of heavy cream. 🙂 Yours looks a little healthier!

  • Shannon September 8, 2015, 2:28 pm

    That is so sweet that you have such a great relationship with your grandmother! I wish mine lived closer.

    • Jen September 8, 2015, 8:14 pm

      It’s definitely worth the drive to see her! I’m lucky she just lives in Georgia.

  • Aurora@Fitness is Sweet September 8, 2015, 3:51 pm

    My weekend was spent on solo puppy duty! I was alone with the pup all weekend and we hung out and went for lots of walks because she is a ball of energy!

    • Jen September 8, 2015, 8:16 pm

      Ha! I know how that goes! Sullie’s energy level is much better suited for visiting my grandmother.

  • Marla-Deen September 8, 2015, 5:08 pm

    Being from Georgia I also have a delicious Tomato Pie recipe! I love that you still have your grandmother and make the time for those special visits! I used to love to do the same . . .

  • Shoshana@akfitchick September 8, 2015, 6:26 pm

    I’ve never had tomato pie but I would really like to try it…Looking forward to the recipe! 🙂

    • Jen September 8, 2015, 8:19 pm

      You’ll have to try it! Summertime tomatoes make the best tomato pie!

  • Cara's Healthy Cravings September 8, 2015, 6:40 pm

    Looks like a pretty special and splendid weekend!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt September 9, 2015, 8:43 am

    Yum!!! Tomato pie!!! Looks like a great time. I went to see my Grandma in Tennessee this weekend too.

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