We went out for dinner on the town
Friday, September 16, 2011
My ever thoughtful husband knows just how to celebrate me. He planned a surprise vacation to Hot Springs, Arkansas for my birthday celebration - even taking into account that my real birthday weekend I would be totally overwhelmed with K-1 RACE starting - so off we went on August 12 just like the gangsters!
Have you ever started your day with Starbucks breakfast? I discovered this little bag of deliciousness as a (former) teacher who doesn't drink coffee but receives plenty of Starbucks gift cards.
We made some delicious stops along the way - 9 times out of 10 Team McGuire would pick a hole in the wall joint over fast food and this sure was a good stop!
Juanita's is worth the drive
I'm willing to go out on a limb and say it is the best brittle anywhere in the world
This stop was recommended by Caleb's bosses - and we picked up some goodness for them too
melt in your mouth good - I highly recommend you making a stop, or you could order some online
With our current goal to get to every state in the USA, I loved the map and put a pin in for our home
We stopped in Hope to see the birthplace of Bill Clinton
I wonder if anyone as conservative as us has ever made this stop
Then we were off to Hot Springs...
We stayed in The Arlington
a wonderfully historic hotel
I imagined us back in the glory days
Caleb a gangster, and I was his lady
originally opened in 1875
the current hotel opened in 1924
Caleb was most impressed that his favorite President visited
What better way to get a lay of the land, then to see an aerial view?!
We loved adding Arkansas to our list
Our tokens for the travel up
Made my tummy flip flop
my handsome hubby
It is a beautiful town
The Arlington from above
We went out for dinner on the town
and enjoyed music and dancing at The Arlington
Some of the Hot Springs
We loved walking down Bath House row
and seeing the Bath Houses that were built over the natural Hot Springs
Caleb sound some of his favs in the Wax Museum
We loved shopping
and found some unbelievable thrones
This little town has so much personality
And so many delicious places to stop
Caleb had champagne in our room when we got back from our bath
and a delicious breakfast in bed.
I love surprise trips! (and birthdays)
Friday, August 5, 2011
Watermark has a super fun date night!
First - you drive thru Watermark
and get a fun photo
and a date night packet
(it includes a mad lib for when you are driving
and all kinds of fun questions for during dinner)
Then we went home and got all dolled up
and went out to eat Indian food
(it was my first time)
some crazy fabulous appetizer
I wish I could remember what you call all of this delicious food
all I could eat of my "pizza"
Date Nights are the best kind of nights!
Our precious friends the Smiths are expecting their first little bundle of joy and we couldn't be more excited!
So...Michelle left us a little gift
To let us know if they were having a BOY or a GIRL
Card calling us honorary Aunt and Uncle
It's a GIRL!
Can't wait to meet baby girl Smith!
In and Out comes to Dallas!
And we were not going to miss out
The Smiths and the McGuires headed to get some grub
We first waited patiently to be allowed inside
Why thank you, nice doorman
(it's pretty hot but he gets paid $21/hour)
I had not had this deliciousness since I was in California in college
(Courtney and Kelli - it is still that good)
FOUR lanes of drive thru were waiting
plenty of help was available
(some of those smiling faces are the "All Stars" from Cali)
animal style is always an option
makes for some HAPPY folks!