Our anniversary was on Friday the 10th, so on Saturday the 11th at noon one of my old students arrived to stay with our boys for the next 24 hours. We gave her the rundown, gave the boys hugs, and then left with smiles on our faces and springs in our steps! Seriously, this little staycation couldn't have come at a better time--the boys were still not caught up on sleep after the 4th weekend and Brantley's birthday festivities, so they had been whinier than normal and Brantley had been living up to the infamous threenager status. We needed a break!
We headed to the Plaza and to our first stop: lunch on the patio at Brio. We split our favorite appetizer (the Bruschetta Quatro) and a small flatbread pizza. We also enjoyed the first of what became many alcoholic beverages of the staycation (it was in place of Mexico, after all) and enjoyed some much needed kid-free conversation!!
Once our drinks were gone, we headed straight for the rooftop pool at our hotel a block away. We stayed at the Sheraton Suites--mainly because of the proximity to the rest of the Plaza and the outdoor pool. (Would you believe there are only three hotels on the Plaza with an outdoor pool?!) This is also where my friends and I stayed for my bachelorette party and the difference in environment between then and now was crazy! We were there only one week later this year than I was for my bachelorette party and the pool was packed!! Five years ago, my friends and I were the only ones there! I tried to snap a few pictures without looking like a creeper.
After a couple hours at the pool, we headed to our room to prep ourselves for dinner. But first, we enjoyed some cake! I surprised Craig with a cake from our wedding cake baker--she makes the best-tasting cake in the whole wide world!! And by surprise, I mean told him on Friday night when I had to go pick it up. :)
I suggested a self-timer photo of us eating the cake, but Craig was already less than impressed with all of my picture-taking. I kept telling him that since our staycation was in place of Mexico, they were only necessary. #obviously
Our hotel room was ten floors up and had a pretty sweet view of the Plaza, which was fun. It was such a gorgeous day to get away!
We had 7:30 dinner reservations at Cooper's Hawk, but wanted to go early to do wine tasting (as suggested by my friend Erin) so we took off walking around 6:30. I demanded one photo together and then agreed to put away my camera. I mean, I'm not sure why Craig wouldn't want to feel like a tourist in our own city?! We came away from the wine tasting with a bottle of wine (so they waived our tasting fees) and opened the bottle with our dinner.
After dinner, we strolled on the Plaza and walked down by Brush Creek, but after an afternoon of sun and drinks, I was ready for bed.
On Sunday, we slept in (hallelujah!), packed up, and headed to breakfast at The Classic Cup (the location of our rehearsal dinner). We sat on the patio and enjoyed one final kid-free meal complete with bloody marys.
And, for the record, we are going somewhere for our 10-year!!!