Saturday, April 30, 2011

I, I Did....

...Watch the Royal Wedding, that is. :) Cole thought I was crazy. But after the date was announced many months ago, my good friend Amanda and I were talking about how intrigued we were by it and how much we wanted to watch it. Her husband was also deployed with Cole's unit, so we decided that, since the wedding would be taking place several weeks after the boys were home, that we would just take a little "momcation" to Hot Springs, AR and do spa and shopping (and as it turned out, LOTS of eating!) and then get a room and wake up early to watch the wedding. While the dad's played at home with the girls! HA! (she has a 9 month old...)

I am so mad that I didn't get ONE STINKIN' PICTURE of Amanda and I! Grrr! But here is a run-down of our little "momcation"......

We left the dads and girls on a playdate and headed south, about 45 minutes. We had a SWEET ride thanks to Amanda's father-in-law, who let us borrow his Porshe like this one:
Sweet, huh?!?!? We were both very sunburned, but SO worth it!!! :)

When we got to Hot Springs, we at lunch at Brickhouse Grill, then walked around for a bit and looked in some eclectic little shops- something that is a HUGE treat since we never could do that with two big strollers in tow. :) We had spa appointments at 3, so we soon headed to the Arlington Hotel for our hot baths and spa treatments:

This is the Arlington at night. I have stayed there a couple of times, and honestly I like hotels to be a little newer. :) But they have a nice spa and I love the history of the place. As I was soaking I was thinking about all of the generations that had been there before. Al Capone could very well have taken a bath in the same room I did! How cool! I got a bath, facial, and massage. And honestly felt like a new woman afterwards!!!

After we left the spa, we went to check-in at the Embassy Suites, a much more modern hotel. :) They have a complementary shuttle too! So we just valeted the car all night and used the shuttle service for dinner.

We had decided to go to PorterHouse for dinner, but our shuttle driver suggested the Fusion Cuisine place a few blocks away, so we decided to give it a shot. And OH MY GOSH we were so glad we did!!!! It was beyond ridiculously delicious!!! I mean really!!!! SO GOOD!!!! Amanda had fried Bree with Pesto on Bruschetta for an appetizer, and I ordered the beef lettuce wraps for my appetizer. We shared together and OH MY! I tried hard to save room for the main course, but it was HARD! For dinner, Amanda had the scallops (aka the BEST scallops ever!) and I had the fillet mignon. It was heavenly! Both were served on a corn pilaf type bed. I have no idea. But it was SO good!!! And they could actually cook a steak the proper way! Finally a good, really medium rare steak!!! Oh, how I want to go back! I ordered the suggested wine, a cab, to go with my steak, and Amanda treated herself to a glass of champagne. We were too stuffed for dessert, but I am sad about that because the other food was so good that I really wanted to try their dessert!!! Next time, for sure, no matter HOW full I am! ;) Of course, it was pretty pricey. But worth every cent. I promised Cole we could go soon for him. I think he was a bit jealous! ;)

My mostly finished meal. I snapped this with my phone and texted it to Cole. I just had to share with him too! HA!

Then we headed back to the hotel but decided to hit the hotel bar for a "nightcap." We were the only women in the bar- there were a TON of old dirty men there watching the draft. They told us that they were in town to work on the powerlines that were down from the storms. Apparently, Amanda and I need bigger diamonds in our wedding rings. Because they obviously didn't see them. HA! After making it clear we were only interested in a drink, we ordered and found ourselves a table away from the rowdy men. Cole made me promise to call him after we got back safely to the room- he said there is a serial killer in every bunch! HA! This is what I had at the hotel bar...

A chocolatetini! YUM!!!! Like 80% proof chocolate milk! HAHA! I don't drink much, and when I do it is usually wine. But I do love a good chocolate martini now and then!!! And so I treated myself! Glad I did too! Technically Amanda treated me. She bought the first (and as it turned out, only) round. That reminds me I owe her! HA! We have decided that royal wedding or not, our momcation needs to be an annual event!!!

I will post later about the wedding- what I thought about everything- but I was SO glad we woke up at 4:45 and watched it live. It was awesome watching history be made. I grew up watching William, especially after Diana died, so seeing him get married and be so happy, and to a woman that I just love, was super exciting!!!! Royals intrigue me!

On a totally different note: my thoughts and prayers are with all of those impacted by the tornado's. We are all too familiar with their destruction, and I pray for a calm rest of the storm season.


Cara Beth said...

How fun!! :)