The Staycation Is Over

The Staycation Is Over

Hey, friends. Our staycation is officially over. And reality is settling back in. We sure did have a great week, though. But one update – we got rained out of going to the water park. As we headed over to that side of town, a torrential downpour hit us. And by the time we got there, even though the rain had subsided a bit, the sign was at the gate. PARK CLOSED TODAY.

Some tears and drama ensued. But we tried to think quickly on our feet…and we headed to Opry Mills mall, where there are some fun things for the kids. They went jumping in those bungee jumping things…not the kind where you jump off a bridge or something….but the kind that you see in malls and other places, and you bounce up and down pretty high. Then we played Glow Golf…which is putt-putt in the dark with glow-in-the-dark things going on. We rode a couple of roller coaster simulators…and even attempted to go to the IMAX movie. But we didn’t make the movie.

We ended the day having a great dinner with Angela’s former Sunday School teacher, her mentor and our dear friend, Anne Long, who lives over on that side of town.

We filled in the rest of the week with some trips to the YMCA pool. And we ate out a good bit. And we, of course, went to our favorite place…

I will post more later. I have to go start writing charts. I begin recording an Easter musical on Monday. I would be grateful for your prayers!

Have a great weekend…



  1. Cindy on July 12, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Sorry you got rained out of the water park but it sounds like you still had lots of family fun this week.

  2. Gayle @ thewestiecrew on July 12, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Marble Slab…is that the same as Coldstone Creamery? Because if it is I will shout GLORY!
    I do believe I have an idol called Cheesecake Fantasy, so BEWARE of that pit.
    Glad y’all had a great staycation.
    Now go get busy with all that music that we love. 🙂

  3. dateague518 on July 12, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Excited to hear about a new Easter musical!

  4. connorcolesmom on July 12, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    aww – the staycation is over
    I always get sad when that time approaches
    I love the pic of the 6 of you – sweet
    BTW – my hubby came up with the best ice cream at MSC – double chocolate with Girl scout tag alongs in there – YUMMY
    It tastes like Reeses Peanut Butter cups – Ok now I am craving one – 🙂

    I will be praying for the Easter musical

  5. Patty on July 12, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I was shopping in Nashville the day you said you all were going to Nashville Shores and we got rained on and I figured you all probably got rained on to. Sorry about that.

    I have been shopping for the Siesta Fiesta trip and I almost convinced myself to go to Opry Mills. I bet Journey to the Center of the Earth would be awesome at I-MAX.
    I will cover you in prayer as you work on the Easter musical. I am going to Christ Church this coming week to the music conference, it would hav been cool to have Frydaddy at the conference.
    Have a great Sunday.

  6. Mark Celoria on July 13, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Hey Travis. Glad you enjoyed some time with your family. BTW, we sang God Is Great in church today. Can I just say I’m so grateful for your music? You do a wonderful job of making modern worship songs highly nuanced and appropriate for worship choir driven ministries. Thanks for what you do.

  7. Julie Ann Shahin on July 13, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    We are documenting our staycations – come join us!

  8. Adam Owens on July 13, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Glad to hear you guys had a good rest of your Staycation. You just finished Christmas Cd and now your on to Easter already.. That’s kinda crazy. but I guess you gotta do it to stay right on track.

  9. Darlene R. on July 13, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    We have played at that very Glow Golf course! It was lots of fun.
    Great job thinking of something quickly!

  10. Flo Smyth on July 14, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Travis I’m desperately trying to find out about a song that the young very talented brunet sang at the Deeper Still Event. I’m not sure of the title “Did you know” ???? It really spoked to my heart !!! I have commented on DS Blog a few times w/no
    luck. I would appreciate your help w/this .

  11. Fran on July 14, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Do you hear me singing this song…

    “Back to life, back to reality.”

  12. Abby on July 14, 2008 at 10:46 am

    why have i never been to marble slab? i’m a horrible human being.

    got to see your dad at lower creek yesterday..he said sort of good things about you 🙂

  13. Tiffani Long on July 14, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    So glad you guys had such an awesome “staycation”–some of my favorite memories with my family are those just being in the car to travel somewhere nearby and even making adjustments when necessary (even when they include BBQ):) Tell Angela that she and Lily should go see the “Kit” movie (American Girl)–talk about a GREAT one…I think my son would’ve enjoyed it too…but of course, he said “no, thanks!” Hope you recuperate nicely from your time off….


  14. John on July 14, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Praying for you Travis. I can’t wait till your Easter musical comes out.
    Glad you enjoyed your “staycation” sorry it had to rain on you! 🙁
    Take care bro, have a great week back to work! 🙂

  15. Lindsee on July 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Sad that y’alls staycation is over…but I love that y’all had a staycation, and it all sounded wonderful.

    Abby, I am crying huge tears for you right now. Marble Slab…there is nothing better. We shall go when you come to Houston!

    Have a great week recording!


  16. Way More Homemade on July 15, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    off topic –

    We’ve driven by Villiage Bapt a couple of times since being in town. Wishing you were here this week instead of next. But so glad you are coming here to minister.

    Sit on the beach and read Psalm 24 if you get a chance – especially early in the morning. I have just camped in that passage this week.

    We may try a STAY-cation next year. It sounds like y’all had a great time.

  17. Pam on July 16, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Travis, just wanted you to know that you go to church with my daughter and son-in-law, Ashley and Brent Jones. On July 25 you are headed to Village Baptist church in Destin, Fl, where my son is the youth minister. This past Sunday he had the opportunity to preach and he challanged everbody to pray every day at 4:02 (James 4;02) a.m. or p.m. for the event and for their church. I know that it will be a spirit filled event and I will pray for that. Say Hi to my son Jared Gregory and his wife Julie and maybe even my very missed grandson Jackson. Thanks for listening to a mom! Pam Gregory

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