FAMILY… Burns + Broyles & Boys Only…

Here’s an updated photo of Kenny (my brother), John Allen (cousin), Uncle David and myself…

This was taken while we were in Knoxville over Christmas… It was so nice to see everyone…

Christmas Road Trip 2007

TOTAL MILES: Almost 2000 miles


TOTAL TIME IN CAR: Almost 26 hours




REWARDS: Priceless!!!


It was so nice to see everyone.


I was so glad to see the Broyles Family. I really enjoyed being able to spend time with each of them alone. Aunt Natalie and I had a great conversation about church, how small groups work, about my church, and about North Point Church and Andy Stanley. I got to talk with Uncle David about politics, the crisis in Pakistan, and about what’s happening with the Back Yard Burgers business. I got to talk with Kelsey about college, her friends, and life in general. I got to hang out with John Allen and discuss PSP games, Middle School Life, and his friends.


I was so glad to see my mom. I love her so much and I am glad we got to see her. We got to do some of our favorite activities with her MOVIES!!!


It was so nice to see Lynette and Krystal. Plus we got to see Krystal’s daughter, Jade, and she is a cutie.


I was so glad to see my Uncle and one cousin (Hillary). He is getting older but still looks the same.


I loved getting to see both of my grandmothers. Mimi in Memphis and Gram in Knoxville, they are both looking great.


I was so glad we got to see Sam and Phyllis. Even though it was only for a couple of minutes it was really nice.


I really liked being able to spend time around the family and friends.

ROAD TRIP: Pt 5 – Back To Richmond

Wake up time: 9:25 AM


But only for a couple of minutes then I crashed until 10:25 AM. I got up and Uncle David was making Chex Mix for the family and neighbors. It was really good!!!


Aunt Natalie finally got up and I found out that John Allen was up and playing his PSP. I went and watched for a while.


Then we ate breakfast; eggs, bacon, and biscuits. I got to eat some more of Aunt Jess’ Homemade Jelly and that was really good.


After hanging with the cousins around the house we had to hit the road but not without one more stop to Back Yard Burgers. We ended up getting to see Aunt Phyllis and Sam, who ended up being there.


We hit the road around 3:15 PM or so. The ride thus far has been fine. We should be in Richmond by 10PM or so.

ROAD TRIP: Pt 4 – Back to Knoxville, TN

Memphis, TN to Knoxville, TN (350 miles – 6 hours)


We got up at 7 AM and got ready for our next part of the road trip. We ended up hitting the road at about 8 AM but not without a stop to Starbucks and McDonald’s.



We had to drive through rain the entire day. It was not fun at all especially around the trucks. We made pretty good time to Knoxville (about 5 hours).


As soon as we got to Knoxville, TN we met the Broyles Family (Aunt, Uncle, and Cousins) at Back Yard Burgers. They own the franchises in Knoxville. I love BYB it so good. I got a bacon cheddar burger and waffle fries, then a chocolate milkshake to finish everything off.


After BYB, we headed back to their house where we opened more gifts. I got a $25 gift card to Friday’s from Aunt Phyllis and Sam and then $50 from Gram. Thanks Phyllis, Sam, and Gram.


After that John Allen challenged me in a round of pool (on his new 3-in-1 pool table, ping pong and air hockey). I won somehow by default of him not hitting the 8 ball right at the end. Then I challenged Kelsey to Air Hockey where I was loosing then Kenny and John Allen jumped in for a little 2-on-2, in the end John Allen and I ended up winning with the two in a row shot.


After all that fun, we headed out to the mall to go to Game Stop. John Allen and Kenny both had gift cards to use. John Allen ended up getting Madden ’08 for his PSP and Kenny got some game for his XBOX.


After that we met up with the Bearden United Methodist Youth Group who was doing a lock-in. They were going to see “National Treasure: Book of Secrets”. We all went to the movie then John Allen and I headed back to the house to hang out and play some more games. Kenny and Kelsey ended up staying and going to Ice Skating at 1 AM in the morning. They apparently got home around 3:30 AM.


It was kind of cool to hang out with John Allen after the movies. He is now 12 (as of 12/29/07) and the conversations are about different things now. John Allen is such a cool cousin, I am glad I got to see him this Christmas.


We ended up crashing around 1 AM.

ROAD TRIP: Pt 2 – The Day After Christmas

Knoxville, TN to Memphis, TN (350 miles – 6 hours)


We spent the night at our Uncle David and Aunt Natalie’s house. Aunt Natalie cooked up breakfast (Biscuits, Sausage and Eggs). We had some of our Great Aunt Jess’ homemade jelly (she lives in Liberty, SC), the jelly was really good.


We got ready and it was time to hit the road again. We stopped by and said hi to Be Be and Pop Pop (Uncle David’s parents) and longtime extended family. Then we hit road again headed to Memphis, TN this time.



We left Knoxville, TN around 1:30 PM (EST) and got into Memphis, TN about 6:30 PM (CST). We made great time about 6 hours exactly. We saw a billboard for Starbucks that said “EXIT NOW”. So we had to make a little pit stop for Starbucks.


This Starbucks was really cool; it was a drive thru and like a super Starbucks on the inside. It was quite large and they had liked 5 espresso machines going.


Kenny ordered a “BLACKEYE” which is bold coffee and 2 shot of Espresso. Kenny was wired the rest of trip. I ordered my “Peppermint Mocha”.  

I got to use my new mug that Pastor Joey gave me. THANKS PASTOR JOEY FOR THE NEW STARBUCKS COFFEE MUG.



After our great Starbucks stop we got back on the road and headed to Memphis, TN.


When we got into Memphis, TN we picked up our mom and went to dinner with one of my old friends, Krystal and her mom Lynette. We were also joined by her boyfriend and her 2 year old daughter, Jade. Jade was so cute, she looks exactly like her mom.


After dinner we headed to my mom’s house to go to bed. I ended up watching “Live Free or Die Hard” which was a really cool movie.

 I ended up in bed around 12:30 AM.

ROAD TRIP: Pt 1 – Christmas Day

Richmond, VA to Knoxville, TN (450 miles – 7 hours)


Departed RIC at 7:45AM arrived in Knoxville, TN at 3:30 PM


Our route was supposed to be 64-W to 81-S to 40-W.


When we got to the end of 81-S, 40E is what our Dad said to take when 81-S ends and that was totally wrong he sent us right into North Carolina. We soon figured out we were on the wrong route when we saw “Welcome to North Carolina” signs. We went into NC about 10 miles and then finally an exit came up and we turned around. This little detour put us about one hour later into Knoxville than we had planned.



When we arrived into Knoxville we stopped by our stepmom parent’s house for hellos and a lil snack. We then continued onto our grandmother’s house to say hello and pick her up. We then headed over to our aunt and uncle’s house to do dinner and open gifts.


Dinner was great, all the normal fixins, turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole, and everything else.


We then opened gifts (just Kenny and me) everyone else had already opened gifts at the annual gift exchange dinner, which happened the Saturday before. I got at $15 Starbucks card and Khaki pants (which we both excellent gifts). Kenny got “Walk the Line” DVD and Desperate Housewives Calendar (Gag gift).


We then played “Things: Humor in a Box”, which was really funny. I think John Allen won on that one. Then we played “Mad Gab” which is a hilarious game to watch but not so fun when you’re in the hot seat. I think we ended up having a tie on that one between Team Gram (Uncle David, Aunt Natalie, and Gram) and Team Under Armor (Dad, John Allen and Me).


After all that we went into movie and sleep time. Kenny, John Allen, and Uncle David ended up watching “Walk The Line” downstairs and I watched about 30 mins of “The Wedding Date” with Kelsey (my cousin).


I finally got to bed about 12:30 – 1 AM.