Matt’s Birthday Staycation {Sans Kiddos}

This Friday Matt turns 36! To celebrate (early) we took off for a seriously overdue night away together over the 4th of July weekend…right in our backyard. No really, on Saturday we pulled out of our driveway at 12 pm and 17 minutes and 1.8 miles later we were collapsing into loungers by the hotel pool Uptown! I had to pinch myself multiple times throughout the trip to see if we were dreaming.

I am embarrassed to admit that Matt and I haven’t been away overnight together since our babymoon 2.5 years ago. We’ve both spent nights away from the kiddos separately for bachelorette/bachelor parties, work, etc. but never together. We told each other before we had kids that we would never let this happen to us. And then it did. So after a seriously tough year, we made a commitment to shift our focus back to each other with our New Year’s marriage resolution which includes monthly date nights and two weekends away together annually. So finally, we got away for the most special occasion – Matt’s birthday!

When planning the weekend, it was super important to me that we stay Uptown, close to lots of walkable restaurants and that the hotel had an outdoor pool (with a bar)! The Omni had all of those things so I booked a room a few months ago and began planning the rest of our stay.

Upon arrival we were informed that our room was not quite ready. We were an hour early so we weren’t surprised that they needed a few extra minutes to prepare our room. The sweetest girl at the front desk, Kelly, assured us that it would be “worth the wait.” We gladly dropped our bags behind the desk, ran downstairs for a yummy taco lunch at Vida and then grabbed some loungers by the pool.

Our room key arrived a few minutes later with our first round of blackberry margaritas and we thought it was interesting that there were multiple room numbers for the key. We weren’t in any rush to go upstairs though and continued to relax at the pool alllllll day long. Maybe a little too long. Finally, after 5 hours of relaxing in the sun we decided to pack it up and check out our room.

We were super surprised to learn our room was on the top floor. And even more surprised when we got to the end of the hall and discovered we had been placed in the Presidential Suite. I’m still not sure how this even happened because we are definitely not that cool but we were SO excited and thankful to Kelly for hooking us up. Our suite consisted of multiple rooms, sitting areas, bar areas, two bathrooms, rose petals spread across the bed, windows surrounding us with spectacular Uptown views, a bottle of champagne on ice and a beautiful birthday dessert for Matt. It  was unbelievable.

For dinner I surprised Matt with dinner reservations at Bentley’s on 27.

We had big ambitions to get drinks after dinner and stay out late but due to our pool party (and being old) we didn’t quite make it past dinner and passed out super early back at the hotel.

The next morning we SLEPT IN until 7:30 a.m. (ha!), drank coffee uninterrupted in bed and relaxed until heading to our last stop of the trip – brunch at Fahrenheit!

It was a perfect 24 hour birthday staycation! And I would be remiss not to mention how this trip absolutely would not have been possible without the most wonderful babysitter, Ms. Jamie (and her amazing hubby too). Not only is
she our date night sitter, she is Caroline’s teacher and loves our kids as her own. She knows their routines, personalities, rules, temper tantrums, likes, dislikes, etc. just as well as us so we felt so comfortable sneaking away for a night. She and her hubby are rock stars and have honestly become an extension of our family to us and our babies.

Happy early birthday, Matt!

Previous Matt celebrations: Matt’s 31st Birthday // Matt’s 32nd Birthday // Matt’s 33rd Birthday // Matt’s 34th Birthday //  Matt’s 35th Birthday




  1. LHWinstead
    July 5, 2016 / 2:21 pm

    What an amazing getaway together!! It looks perfect! So nice yall were upgraded to such a neat room, too!

  2. Leslie
    July 5, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Yay! What a great way to celebrate your husband's birthday and your room sounds amazing!

  3. Georgia Glam
    July 5, 2016 / 3:08 pm

    This sounds wonderful! Blackberry Margs MMMM! Happy Birthday Matt 🙂

  4. The Girl who Loved to Write
    July 5, 2016 / 3:10 pm

    That sounds wonderful! Good for you guys for getting away together!

  5. Brittany
    July 5, 2016 / 3:17 pm

    Looks so fun !!!!

  6. Louann Kristy
    July 5, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    Such a beautiful post. I love the idea of the marriage resolutions! It's such a great way to keep focus on each other. So happy you both got to have a little staycation and celebrate your hubby's birthday! xx

  7. Girl Meets Bow
    July 5, 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Such a fun weekend! I love hearing how you and Matt make time for each other- something I will be keeping in mind for the future! 🙂

  8. Hanging with the Hirsts
    July 5, 2016 / 4:47 pm

    Oh my goodness – that sounds like the best night away!! So neat they upgraded y'all!!!

  9. Tracy Lyons
    July 5, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Such a wonderful getaway!!!

  10. Toni :O)
    July 5, 2016 / 7:13 pm

    It was eight years before my husband and I both had a night away from our kids. I'd love to do it annually but finances and people to stay with the kids are in short supply. Looks like you had tons of fun.

  11. Lauren Honeycutt
    July 5, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    Presidential Suite??? That's amazing! Plus, your outfits are the cutest!

  12. Hannah
    July 5, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful little getaway! I'm so glad you had some uninterrupted time together and that you got to enjoy lots of yummy food and such! The first time I spent the night away from our three year old was when I was in the hospital having our second, and I've never been away from the baby [one year old] for longer than a few hours, let alone all night. This is something we need to do, but I have such a hard time actually leaving our boys. One day we'll go somewhere. I really like your idea of getting away but staying close by 🙂

  13. Brettni @ Bringing Up Brumfields
    July 5, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    Yay for a couples getaway! Glad you had yourselves a fun time. =)

  14. Amanda Bullard
    July 5, 2016 / 8:34 pm

    Fabulous staycation! I love the Omni. Presidential suite hook up? Girl, go one with yourself! LOL

  15. Rachel Emily
    July 5, 2016 / 10:40 pm

    What an awesome staycation!! Glad you guys got some time away and HBD Matt!!

  16. Jenuine Happiness
    July 6, 2016 / 1:15 am

    Wow, what a special surprise for you guys too! Looks like the perfect mini getaway. Happy Birthday to your husband.

  17. Sara Elizabeth
    July 6, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    How cool is that upgrade?! Love that the hotel made your getaway extra special!! Now can we just talk about how flipping amazing you look in that swimsuit?? I DON'T have two babies and I need your secrets!

  18. Caley-Jade Rosenberg
    July 9, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    YAY for upgrades and date nights away – I am so proud of you friend and hope you get to do it again soon! We also promised ourselves and have even very good at keeping this up… It has been so important! How hot are you gorgeous mama?! Wowee!x

  19. rox
    July 17, 2016 / 2:03 am

    This is SO amazing! Glad y'all got this time ALONE together! Well deserved!

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