Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Date Night A La Ritz

Last Saturday night, the Hubs and I booked a sitter for a 24 hour stint at our place.  She arrived at 12:30 in the afternoon, and we promptly set off, kid-free, for 24 hours. 

Much to my surprise, this was very awkward at first.  I felt like I was missing something for the first few hours.  I kept looking in the back seat, and checking behind me for dawdling toddlers.  It felt like I was missing an appendage, total strangeness.

Our first stop was the movie theater.  We wanted to spend our time doing things that we can't usually do with kids in tow.  We saw the movie "The Town."  I enjoyed it....it was suspense, thrills, and a love story all in one.  This was time well spent. 

Then, we went to the hotel to check in.  Our room wasn't ready yet even though it was past 4:00, so free drinks for us and an opportunity to enjoy the view.  The hotel property is located right on the water, the view is extraordinary.  Even though we can enjoy this view any day of the year that we want, it's sometimes fun to see it from a visitor's perspective. 

We check in.  We enjoy a nap, a little TV and then we get ready for dinner.  Dinner was at Bonefish, it was splendid like it always is.  We enjoyed our dinner and our drinks, and took our own sweet time.  We enjoyed conversation that went like this:

Me:  I'll have just one more
Me:  Ohhhh.  I know.  We should go and get Tattoos!
Hubs:  ::side eyes::
Me:  I want four C's all lined up on my wrist
Hubs:  What happens when there is 5 C's.  
Me:  5 C's!  WHAT?
Hubs:  Drink your wine
Hubs:  Stop flexing.  That is the 3rd time you've flexed at dinner. 
Me:  I. have. big. muscles. 
Hubs:  Where's the check...

Then, we hopped in the car and headed back to the hotel.  As the valet was driving off with our borrowed Beamer (Thanks, Liz!) I realized I left my flip flops in the car.  Bummer.  So, we head to the room, and we put on our suits, because this night calls for some hot tub action.  But, my flips are in the car, so I get to wear the Ritz issued white fuzzy slippers down to the pool.  Hubs asked me to throw on the bathrobe just to complete the ensemble.  Yeah.  I don't think so. 

When we got back to the room, we ordered dessert and then watched TV until our eyes were bleary.  I'd like to say that I slept like a dream, but I didn't.  There was that piece of me that worried about the Littles, that peace of me that just couldn't rest easy.

When the sun came up on Sunday morning I was ready to get home.  I thoroughly enjoyed our Day Away (Twice Actually, um hum) but I was ready to be home with the kids.  So, we hit up the IHOP, had some seriously lousy coffee, and then headed home. 

And, I realized that we should really do this more often....well, at least once a year!


Kate said...

I think you've inspired me to find a way to get an overnight date. And soon/

Heligirl said...

It's so great to get away, isn't it. But at the same time all you do is worry about the little ones. I feel the same way, like an appendage is missing. It sounds like you had a nice getaway and so well deserved. They tell me it gets easier with time (to get away). Here's hoping!

Ashley Sisk said...

That sounds like a wonderful date...5 C's huh?

ElissaM said...

you make me smile (um hum) and so glad you enjoyed yourselves...so good for your marriage!

Nic said...

5 C's??? Any more wine fueled nights away and I think your hubs may get his wish! lol. Glad you had a good time, you deserve it!

Jennifer said...

We all need nights like this every once in awhile. Sounds like you had a nice time. Missing the kids is totally normal since you are with them all of the time. But you and your hubby deserve some alone time :)

Eastlyn and co. said...

I'll have to let my hubs read up on this just to see all of the comments. He is Mr. Practical and couldn't imagine paying for a hotel room when we have a house with a bed in the same town. I say a hotel room at least once a year is a worthwhile treat--change of scenery. Maybe I'll treat HIM after my first couple of paychecks roll in. I'll bet he'll be singing a different tune then (I'll see to that...um hum!). Thanks for the inspiration.

Lindsey said...

ooooh fun, how great a overnight date! Love it and miss it! lol

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adriel, from the mommyhood memos said...

This sounds uh-mazing! AMAZING. I want one... though I'm not *quite* ready to leave my baby all night... at least I don't think I am. Then on the other hand...

Also, I really love that photo that you took in your post above. You deserved to win - LOVE it! (And congrats!:)

And thanks so much for your encouragement the other day on my blog Carol. I so needed it and your generosity and kindness really blessed me. Thank you, thank you. ((hugs))

I hope you have an awesome week. xx

LeeAnn said...

Sounds like a great night! I can't wait to see the picture of your tattoo! ;-)