This past weekend, I celebrated my 29th birthday and I must say, being 29 is pretty great!
My husband and I rented a hotel on the Lake, not too far from home. We stayed in a hotel nearby so we could include Piper in on some of the birthday fun. Piper loves to go swimming and this hotel had a really nice pool with a panoramic view of the lake.
We checked-in to the hotel extra early that morning, and took Piper swimming as soon as the pool opened. We had the whole pool to ourselves for two full hours. It was so wonderful!
Even though we weren't too far from home, in those moments, I felt like we were a world away; rather, I felt like we were in a world all of our own for the morning.
After we were done swimming, we took Piper up to the room to shower and get ready to head back home. We had arranged for Nick's mom to watch Piper at our house that afternoon, and my mom to stay overnight with her. It was so nice to spend the morning as a family, and the evening as a couple, just Nick and I.
After we dropped Piper off at home, we went back to the hotel and planned out a relaxing evening while having a drink and appetizer at the hotel bar.
The hotel that we stayed in was so nice and new. We actually picked this hotel because Nick had worked on installing the HVAC there this past summer. He kept telling me how nice it was there and he did not disappoint. It was beautiful! I loved the views being right on the lake.
After spending some time at the hotel bar, we ventured out and went shopping at a couple different stores. We had no where to be, and nothing that we had to do. It was the perfect kind of evening. We stopped a book shop where I bought a few new books for myself. After shopping, we went out to eat at a local brewery.
When we got back to the hotel, we changed into some comfy clothes and headed down to the beautiful lobby to relax together as I started reading one of my new books.
We spent well over an hour sitting there, just listening to the lobby music; going back and forth between reading my book and looking out at the city lights reflecting off the iced-over lake. I haven't been that relaxed in a while. It was exactly the kind of night we both needed.
The next morning, we went out for a relaxing breakfast, where I read some more of my book and chatted with Nick about the week ahead. We kept saying how nice our trip had been, and how relaxed we felt from just one night away.
Once we got home, we were both so happy to see Piper again. It's funny how just a little night away puts everything into perspective.
I loved our time away, but I am excited to get back to our ordinary days. I am another year older, and I couldn't be more happy with exactly where I am right now, with the people I love.
29 is going to be a great year.