Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Anniversary Weekend

I honestly can't believe that we have been married for an entire year! It seems that the time has flown by, although, so much has changed in the past year. We have 2 new family members (Ruffles is now officially a Bailey!), we've decorated our house, been a part of the National Championship Season (ROLL TIDE), gone to Costa Rica, need I go on?? Regardless, the year was wonderful. I'm not sure why they say that the first year is the hardest, to be quite honest! To celebrate our anniversary we have a trip planned for next month, but we wanted to make sure that we did something special that day, so we decided to go to Atlanta for a fun weekend. Thanks to our friend Justin, Forrest was able to get us a GREAT rate at the Palomar hotel in Midtown. We LOVED this hotel--very trendy and right in the heart of everything fun to do in ATL!

Our room-notice the houndstooth carpet!

What a view!

It is also pet friendly and I am just kicking myself that we didn't bring the dogs. The hotel would have given them a fancy tag for their collar (which they could keep!) and would have put beds in the room and food bowls, among other things. They don't have a weight limit and you don't have to pay extra to bring them--how cool is that?? They even have a vet service, a doggie spa, and pet sitters! Next time we are definitely going to bring along our furry friends! When we arrived at the hotel I was SO excited to be away for a while--work had been a nightmare that week and I needed a break (although we did get to celebrate our friend Laura's bday that Wednesday, which was a very good distraction).

My present for Laura's bday--not sure what it is but it looked cute!

When we checked in I told the clerk that it was our anniversary and she excitedly upgraded our room for free! Hooray! Then I told her that I had found the "secret password" on the hotel's facebook page (this is what hours of internet surfing will do for you!) and she upgraded us again! We ended up on the 19th floor in a huge corner room! They also sent us a bottle of wine to the room-how thoughtful!

After getting ready and sharing our wine, we went to dinner at Repast, voted ATL's best restaurant in 2009. I was a little skeptical about going because the menu looked so fancy that I was afraid we wouldn't like it. I was TOTALLY wrong. It was one of the best meals I have ever eaten! I had the filet and Forrest had the pork chop. For dessert we ordered the sampler of 4 desserts of our choosing. What an smart idea! To top it all off, Forrest had gotten a $25 off coupon from Restaurants.com for $3, so we had a huge discount! After our delicious meal, we went to get our car from the valet. All of a sudden, we heard that unmistakable plastic on plastic crack--the valet had wrecked our car! He turned to sharp and scraped it across the front of another car! Despite Forrest's effort to help the poor guy, he ended up scraping the ENTIRE passenger side and denting in the passenger door.

Really? Seriously? Did that just happen?

We ended up having to wait an hour in the parking deck for the police to come. Luckily we have our car insurance with our dear friend, Joseph Puckett, and he was able to walk us through the process and definitely made us feel more at ease about the whole situation. Normally I would have turned on my lawyer mode but since we were in GA, I wasn't sure what their laws were, so I kept quite. Once it was all said and done we laughed about it all the way home. To make it even more hilarious, the valets at our hotel were SHOCKED and kept asking which service it was. Needless to say we were their favorites for the whole weekend! To cool down, we went to the rooftop terrace for a look around. It was awesome! They had huge gas fire pits and lounge chairs and cabanas. It reminded me of something you might see in Miami or LA. It was definitely a great way to unwind after such a crazy night!

The morning of our anniversary, we got some breakfast and drove to Scott's Antique Market. It totally blew me away-it is 2 huge expo centers full of any and all antiques. There is even an outdoor flea market! We were there for HOURS looking at gorgeous furniture, some old and some new. While we didn't buy anything, we got several cards from the vendors and got some great ideas for our living room.

Forrest eating some "anniversary cake" on the bus to the 2nd warehouse. We ate our actual cake a few months ago when the freezer broke!

Do you think this would look good in the living room?

After a quick trip to Crate and Barrel, we were ready for a shower and a nap!! We got to stop by the hotel's wine reception before heading up for some R&R. Before we went to dinner, we opened a bottle of champagne that we got for our wedding and toasted to many more wonderful years.

Then we were off to Brio for dinner. We LOVE Brio. I'm not really sure how to describe how intense this love actually is. Some friends of ours gave us a BRIO gift card for our wedding and we thought it was a perfect time to use it. (Thanks Strud and Allison!)

The waiter did drop melted cheese into my purse (ewww) but luckily no major mishaps like the night before! The Brio valet even parked our car "up front" which means the poor beat up thing spent the evening next to a Range Rover! When we got back to the hotel, the 2009 SEC Championship Game was on, so of course we had to watch that all over again. Now we can hardly wait for football season to get under way!!

On Sunday morning we went to Mass at Georgia Tech (it was coffee and donut day-score!) before going to IKEA. Now, Forrest had been to IKEA the weekend before to get cinnamon rolls with Roy (really?) and he told me that I would really like it. Well he was wrong-I LOVED it! If you have never been, you need to go. They sell home furnishings and organizational items. As a huge organizer, it was like the mothership calling me home. You could buy literally everything in the store! We were looking for furniture but we ended up buying several organizational items for the kitchen as well as some new utensils. Now, if you are wanting to run in a store and grab something, don't go to IKEA. You follow the arrows through the whole store-you can't skip from place to place. However, at the end they have a bistro where you can get hotdogs, snacks, and the apparently the most delicious cinnamon rolls! I am thinking that we need to make an IKEA run every time we go to ATL from now on!

When we got home that night we went to Forrest's cousin Leslie's wedding. It was in Duck Springs where they grew up at his grandfather's house and it was absolutely lovely! The bride and groom looked so happy and we are SO excited for them, especially since we can take anniversary trips with them in the future! They met the day after our wedding, and got married a year to the day later! It was a beautful night full of family and friends, and I really could not think of a better way to end our anniversary celebration! Best of luck Leslie and Kevin!!

Our present for the couple!

Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Third!

Before bed that night we watched our wedding video trailer, which you can see here . It was so fun to remember what a special day that was!


  1. What a great trip!

    I'm sorry that you had the crazy valet experience and am thankful that you called me right away.

    Please invite us on your next trip. You are a great planner! ;0)

    Joseph Puckett

  2. Will do Joseph! Thanks again for all of your help!

  3. sorry, obviously I am catching up since I was gone last week....but Happy Aniversary!!! Besides the car issue, it sounds like ya'll had a wonderful trip. I have always wanted to go to that Scott's Antique Market!

  4. Awww I'm so glad y'all had a good weekend! I can't believe it has already been a year!


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