This past weekend, Matt surprised me with an AMAZING time away from the hustle and bustle of life. On Monday, Matt sent me an IM, that he knew something I didn't know. Well that just sparked a week-long clue fest that my friends, Rebecca and Marcie were in on. I kept trying to guess with every clue, but they wouldn't tell me if I was even a little bit close!! On Friday, my co-worker and friend, Rebecca, talked me into getting my nails done for the evening, so I did and it actually was pretty fun: girly, but fun. :)
When I got home with the kids, Matt's parents were there to pick them up for the weekend. I was told to dress nicely, that we had an arrival time of 6pm. We drove downtown to the Union Station Hotel and checked in. It was the most amazing place I have ever been. It use to be the Railway station here in Nashville, and recently it was remodeled. It was so neat. The architecture was amazing and we had a blast walking around and looking at everything. When we checked into our room, a bottle of Champagne was brought up and boy was it good! It was the best tasting champagne I have ever had. Matt then explained that this was the future starting point of our lives. That we had been through so much since moving here, and since we were concentrating on our marriage and family, that this was setting the point from our start here. This weekend was about us, and we were going to do things that we have wanted to do since moving to Nashville.
Soon we headed down to the restaurant for a romantic dinner. We watched the sun go down as we ate and talked about what we wanted out of our future. After dinner, we went back to the room and Matt had fixed it up with candy, flowers and candles. He sang me a song that he had wrote for me. I tear up now just thinking about it. Saturday morning we headed to the Frist. It was really neat although Matt and I didn't find this exhibit to interesting. They have a really neat kids area that I know we will be taking our kids too soon!
After that we drove to Vanderbilt and Matt showed me around. Funny how we have lived here for 2 years, Matt has working there for 2 years and I have never walked around the campus. He showed me some of the "secret" employee passageways, and then we headed to the Hillsboro area. There are a ton of neat shops that I have been wanting to explore since we moved here. It was a nice time to talk and enjoy each others company. We then ate at Matt's co-workers favorite joint, McDougals. Let me tell you- they had the best grilled fingers and fries I have had. If you get the breaded fingers, I have heard they are to die for. It was a really neat place too. Relaxing and eclectic. Then we headed home for some grocery shopping and time together. Sunday morning we got up and went golfing (yes we skipped church).
We had a ton of fun. I am really glad that we can do thing together, and we can work to help each other get better. Then we headed to pick up the kiddos and spend some time with the family in KY. It was an amazing weekend that I will not soon forget. Thank you Matt for making me feel so special and for loving me as Christ has asked you too. I love you more than you can imagine!!
Here are some pictures of the hotel that I took: