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!