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taking it to the nines

March 9, 2009

So last night we celebrated our anniversary by ditching the rug rats and staying at a swank hotel, The Nines, downtown. Between the upgraded room, the turn down service, and the HBO in HD, it was a great stay.

Yesterday afternoon, we saw The Watchmen, which was great…violent and graphic, but a fabulous movie. We also did some window shopping and coffee sipping. Poking around with no kids was so nice…and I will admit, a bit odd.

Joel’s sister and her boyfriend gave us a gift certificate to the hotel’s restaurant, The Urban Farmer, so we used it for part of our dinner – woohoo, it was awesome. Great ambiance (we sat in the section that was just like someone’s pantry, with jars of preserved fruits and veggies all around us), great food, and free dessert (actually, three free desserts!). We rarely get out to a restaurant these days, and when we do, it’s not to anything very nice as we are a one income family, so this was a huge treat. Thank you Maggie and Saam SO much. What a great way to celebrate!

This morning we ate breakfast at the same restaurant where we had breakfast the day after we were married – Pazzo Restaurante, which is located in the Hotel Vintage Plaza (yep, we’ve already agreed to stay there next year!). I had the exact same dish as I did the morning after the wedding. Their food is still so yummy. Next month is the anniversary of Joel’s proposal, and he took me to dinner there afterwards, so it’s kind of our special place. I can’t wait to go next month to celebrate!

Here are a few pictures from this weekend:

The bar in our room:

The bed:

The chocolates they left us at turn-down:

A smooch on the way up from dinner:

Joel’s last moments as a hunky bearded man…he shaved shortly after this was taken:

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