An Unforgettable Birthday

10.03.2012

For the past few years we haven't really done anything too fancy for either of our birthdays. The first year we were in Africa so our options were limited and last year Emerson was still pretty little so we took her with us everywhere we went.

So this year we decided that we were going to get a little bit crazy and actually go out on a date- just the two of us! We took the plunge and found a well recommended babysitter and we made reservations for what we had heard was THE best steakhouse in the city. I went through my closet to find the perfect dress and I made preparations for the babysitter for at least a week.

Although I felt really confident with the babysitter we chose I have to be honest and tell you that I was still a little hesitant to leave Emerson behind. I don't know why it's so hard for me, but it is. Of course, before we left we had to get a few family shots, just like we did last year.

And just for comparison, here is the one from last year. I'm thinking this should be an annual ritual but she would barely let us do it this year so who knows how she'll be next year!
After lots of hugs and kisses we put Emerson to bed and we were on our way! Right after we arrived at the restaurant I received a text from the babysitter that Emerson was sound sleep and I immediately felt so much better.

For the next two hours Jesse and I sat and talked about anything and everything. Of course, there were lots of conversations about E sprinkled in. I mean, what can I say, that little girl is our world!

We had an amazing appetizer of lobster and scallops along with the perfect glass of red wine. And then we ate the very best steaks we have ever eaten. Being from Texas, I think that says a lot!

We finished out the evening with a little birthday dessert and a few more pictures.




Although we had the babysitter for as long as we wanted we were headed home by 10:00. What can I say? Jesse is 32, after all.

The whole way home we talked about what a perfect evening we had. From the amazing food to the quiet conversation, I don't think either of us could have asked for a better night.

Unfortunately our dream night turned into a nightmare about 30 minutes after we got home. As we were getting ready for bed we both started feeling quite sick and within the hour we realized that we had a terrible case of food poisoning. I won't go into details but let me just tell you that we both thought that we were going to die. Neither of us got any sleep at all and we were both like zombies when Emerson woke up the next morning.

Luckily she was a complete angel all day and just played with her toys while we laid on the couch in misery. I honestly can't think of another time I have been that sick (except maybe morning sickness) and I thought it was never going to end! Luckily, by this morning Jesse and I both started to feel 100 percent better. I am SO thankful to be back to myself. I felt so bad not being able to play with E yesterday so I am taking full advantage of our time together today.

As I'm sure you can guess, Jesse's birthday didn't go down quite the way we expected but I can easily say that it is one that we will NEVER, ever forget.


Traci said...

I was not expecting to read that at the end, that's terrible after such a delicious dinner.

Katie said...

What a bummer, to have such a wonderful time and food and it in that way. So sorry for you guys :(

Tammy said...

What a fabulous evening, too bad it was ruined by the food poisoning. But at least you guys got a much-needed night out and know you can do it again!!

Lyndsey said...

Good grief! What a way to end such a perfect night! So glad y'all are both feeling better!

Stephanie said...

I was getting ready to say it sounds like you guys had the perfect night...and then I got to the end. Oh no!! What a way to ruin a good birthday. I'm sorry you both got sick, but glad it didn't stick around to long and E was good for you during the "down time."

Beth Ann said...

Oh my!!! Such tasty food...who would have thought? How awful! Glad you guys are feeling better!

Rebekah said...

It sounds like it was a great birthday up until the food poisoning! I can't believe you guys got that! I think you should make that picture a tradition. So cute!

Katie said...

Oh my! At least you got to have a wonderful time together before the sickness set in. Unforgettable to say the least!

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ajs {of MN} said...

oh no! glad you are better but how can great food make you feel SO terrible!? hopefully you are able to stomach steak again sooner than later- that would be a sad day not wanting to eat steak again!

Mateya said...

Oh no! That's horrible. Ive heard food poisoning is absolutely awful! I'm glad Emerson let you both rest and get better!

You looked fabulous for your big night out :)

Joeylee said...

oh no! I wasn't expecting to read you guys both got food posining. Hope you guys are back to feeling better.

J and A said...

Well what a great night until bed time!!! :( That's no fun. Beautiful pics though!!

Paula Lynch said...

So sorry to hear about the food poisoning. Everything else sounded wonderful. Love you.

Paula Lynch said...

So sorry to hear about the food poisoning. Everything else sounded wonderful. Love you.

Kate @ Daffodils said...

O my goodness, I was not ready for the turn in the story. Hope you are feeling much better now!

Emily Powell said...

oh no! at least it was something E couldn't get from y'all!

luvbnmom said...

Sorry to hear you both got so sick. Hopefully you are feeling better now.

LAURA@laurasblondemoments said...

Oh no! I was about to comment what a perfect night and the food sounded great until you mentioned the food poisoning! Glad its over but sorry for Jesse and the birthday night. Cute pics though :) we just got over a 24 hr flu bug here too and my 1 yr old was the only one who escaped so I feel ya on the feeling bad while we sat in misery on the couch with chills as she played little people princesses!

Laura

Mandy said...

Oh my word I wasn't expecting the ending to your night at all! :( Is this the same place that Jesse got food poisoning when we were in Texas? Love the pic of the 3 of you!! Miss you guys!!!

Natalie said...

Oh no! Food poisoning is no fun...I am glad you got out for his birthday but hate that it ended that way :(

Allison said...

That is horrible! At least it wasn't a stomach bug and Emerson couldn't get sick too. What a bummer way to end such a good night.

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