Chris & I spent a wonderful weekend together this past weekend in Biloxi, MS. One of my 'dreams' has been to see Tony Bennett perform in concert. Yes, I know that he is 83 years old, but I adore him! I love his style of music...so relaxing. So...Chris told me a couple of months ago that he had gotten us tickets to go see him and to spend the weekend away! I have been so excited!
Mom "Grammer" was nice enough to come watch the girls for us, and I picked her up at the airport on Wednesday. She watched Ellie for me when I went into the office on Thursday. Mom seemed to think Grammers trump Friendship School! LOL
Friday, January 15
After we dropped Gracie & Katie off at school Friday morning, we came back home to give an extra kiss & hug to sweet Ellie and took off for Biloxi! We were both looking forward to having the whole weekend to just spend time together without the girls. We LOVE our girls, and being with them as much as we are is right where I want to be in my life right now, but it was also so nice to have time alone with my sweet husband!
The concert was being held Friday evening at the Beau Rivage which is where we also stayed for the weekend. It was very nice and quite unlike places we typically stay! (which is part of what made it so special!)
It took about 7 hours to drive to Biloxi, and we got there about 4:00. We decided to eat dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse which is a place we had been wanting to try. We had been told that there was one inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino which was right next door. The dinner was fabulous! The salad was one of the best we've both ever had. The rest of it was delicious as well...filet, bread, mashed potatoes (which were actually just ok) and dessert! Yummy! We were stuffed!
After we ate, we walked back over to our hotel and headed to the theater for the concert. Yes, yes, there were a lot of old people, but I didn't care at all and loved the concert! We talked to a very nice man sitting next to us who said it was his 4th time to see him in concert. Tony Bennett is 83 years old, and he still has an incredible voice. He seemed so nice and appreciative of his fans. It was neat to hear him tell stories of friends & people he had worked with....Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, etc. It was a dream come true for me to be able to see him! I only wish I'd gotten a chance to speak to him.
After the concert, we left the theater and did some people watching in the casino. I know there were probably people there who are completely normal and just having a good time, but there also seemed to be some sad people there who didn't have much direction in their lives other than sitting there, pushing a button over & over waiting for their "big break." Anyway.
Going to bed that night, I think we both appreciated the fact that we didn't have to set an alarm or get anyone's pj's out or fix anyone's breakfast the next morning!
Saturday, January 16
Chris was a bit upset when I got up at 9:00 the next morning! LOL I'm not sure why I woke up & wanted to get up. Used to, I would have slept til 11:00 without moving! I guess I'm getting older! Ha! I realize that to most people, 9:00 doesn't seem early!
We took our time getting ready and decided to go to Waffle House for breakfast! YUM! We drove around Biloxi & Ocean Springs and found the church we wanted to visit the next morning and found a restaurant we wanted to go to that night.
That afternoon, we had a couples' massage! I have to admit that I didn't love it. :( I don't know if it was the lady who gave me the massage or the type of massage, but she HURT me. Oh well. Parts of it were nice, and I think Chris enjoyed his. After the massage, we got ready to go out that evening. Upon recommendation, we went to eat at Aunt Jenny's Catfish. It was really good! I had fried catfish, fried hushpuppies, fried shrimp, coleslaw, french fries, and biscuits.YUMMY! This was a meal for a Southern girl like myself! My grandfather owned a fish market in Paducah, KY, and I have memories of having a very similar meal many times cooked by my Maw Maw!
After we ate, we headed to the movies. Having 3 children, we don't get out to the movies by ourselves very often, so we enjoyed being able to go to the movies while there (we ended up seeing 3!) After the movie, we headed back to the hotel and watched tv...and it didn't have to be a cartoon! LOL
Sunday, January 17
We got up that morning and went to church. The people were very friendly, and we were welcomed by many. After church, we ate lunch at Hard Rock Cafe. Chris pushed for that...I think it had something to do with the Cowboy's game being played! Oh well! The food was just so-so, but that's okay.
We headed back to the room and had a little bit of time to rest before we headed to the spa for another treat! Chris got another massage again, and I got this wrap thing with a scalp massage. It was very nice!!!!!!!
That night, we decided to go to the movies again, so we did. We were going to go back to the hotel for dinner but decided to eat at Ruby Tuesdays and then go to yet another movie! LOL We were determined to take advantage of our childless time to go to the movies! It was nice to just be together and be able to relax!
Monday, January 18
It was time for our trip to come to an end. :( We were ready to see our babies, but we had had such a nice time!!!!! We decided to eat at the hotel buffet for breakfast and then hit the local souvenir shop for treats for the kids and then headed back to Houston! The sun FINALLY decided to come out the last day, so here is 1 picture of the beach! It was rainy & yucky the rest of the time we were there, but that's okay.
It was so good to see our babies and see the sweet sign taped to the back door welcoming us back home!
We look forward to our next fun weekend together! Oh yeah, it will be NEXT weekend when we go on our church marriage retreat! There will be more structure, but it will still be a really nice weekend! We are very appreciative to Mom for coming to watch the girls. Chris' parents will be here next weekend for us to go on the retreat.
I am a blessed lady!