Monday, February 5, 2018

This is 30

Yesterday was my 30th birthday. I'm happy to say that I met this milestone birthday with a sense of contentment. I feel so blessed to be where I am at in this stage of life and, even more so to be surrounded by those that I love so dearly.

My husband swooped me away for the weekend to celebrate my birthday and, although my initial reaction was to say no {I didn't want to spend the money on myself and, plus, there's so much to do with the renovation}, I'm glad that he talked me in to it. This weekend away turned out to be so very special and, exactly what we both needed.

On Saturday afternoon, we dropped Piper off at my mom's house. She slept over at my mom's house while Nick and I stayed out of town, in Ohio. We didn't have any hotel reservations; everything was very last minute and, unplanned. That's how you know this was all Nick's idea. Hah. I love him but, between the two of us, planning is definitely my forte. Despite the lack of plans, everything went smoothly and, much to my own surprise, the lack of plans for the weekend was just plain refreshing.

As soon as we got into town, we made reservations and checked in to a hotel at Legacy Village; a favorite spot of ours since way back when we were in high school. Nick and I got settled in to the room and then we went shopping. 

We visited a couple music shops that Nick loves {Sam Ash + Guitar Center} and then, we grabbed some beer for the hotel room.

We spent some time in the hotel room, just relaxing before dinner. I had a few beers while Nick played his guitar for me. It was all so wonderful and familiar. 

He's been playing his guitar for me since back when we were in high school. I use to call him after we'd get home from school and just listen to him play guitar over the phone for hours. We don't get that sort of time to do this much anymore and so, it was definitely special to take an hour that evening to just listen to him play and relax, with no other reservations.

After drinking one too many beers, we eventually walked over to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner that evening. We both got a small plate appetizer and, two of our favorite go-to entrees. I got the Chicken Picatta and he got the Factory Burrito.

Neither of us were able to finish our meals and, we didn't even get cheesecake! Can you believe it? Don't worry, we made sure to stop back to The Cheesecake Factory before we left the next day to get cheesecake for the road.

Nick and I slept in until about as long as we could stand on Sunday morning {8 a.m. -- parent life} before packing up and heading out for some coffee at Starbucks.

The day before, I noticed that there was an Aldi in town and so, while at Starbucks, we made a meal plan for the week ahead and a grocery list. Even though Nick was against me doing mundane things like thinking about grocery shopping on my birthday, I was determined to get some groceries on the way back so we could just stay in once we finally got home that afternoon. There was just one more thing to do before we left and, that was, lunch!

Most everything we did this weekend was in Legacy Village which made it all so convenient. After Starbucks, we ventured around the corner to try a new restaurant for lunch, called Granite City Food & Brewery.

Nick ordered the Pulled Pork Nachos and I ordered the BBQ Chicken Flatbread and both were delicious! All throughout lunch we just kept saying "this was a good choice" over and over again. We were definitely impressed with this new lunch spot we found.

After we finished lunch, we stopped at The Cheesecake Factory to grab our to-go cheesecakes. I mean, it would have been a sin to have been at the Cheesecake Factory this weekend and not consume cheesecake. 

After that, we got our groceries for the week from Aldi and made the drive back home.

And now, I'm 30.

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