Last week was aMAZing.
Dave’s parents came into town on Wednesday afternoon for a visit and to watch R and J Thursday to Friday so Dave and I could have our first kid-free overnight trip. I love traveling (in fact, it was my dream to be a travel writer) and before we had lil R, we’d traveled to France, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Turks & Caicos, and more. Where did we go last week? An hour south to…
Morgantown, West Virginia!
Kip Moore is my absolute favorite artist and he had an acoustic concert at the Metropolitan Theatre Thursday night, so on Thursday afternoon Dave and I grabbed coffee and donuts from Dunkin and headed south for our first kid-free getaway.
We stayed at a hotel that was straight out of the movie Clue and I felt like a guest at the Hollywood Tower Hotel, except the staff was extraordinarily friendly and the elevators graciously didn’t go rogue. It was kind of awesome, although could use a few updates.
Anyway, as soon as we got into our room we took a naptime (#parenthood). Then we cracked open the Booker’s straight bourbon Dave got me for our wedding and enjoyed it while we got ready.
For dinner, we walked to the Morgantown Brewing Company which had a Mad Mex vibe to it even though it wasn’t really anything like it. We ordered burgers and drinks which included me going big and trying Old Forester 1920 which was delicious. It was so nice to sit there and talk and not, in the back of my mind, worry about getting home and back to the babies.
After dinner (by which point I was feeling nice and warm), we walked to the Theatre for KIP MOORE! We were in the balcony, but it’s a pretty small theater so we could still see and hear him perfectly. Muscadine Bloodline was his opening act. I’d heard of them before, but didn’t know many songs. I’m a fan now for sure.
Then Kip Moore came out. Just him, his guitar, and a red Solo cup. He talked a bit and sang a few songs, then the rest of the Slowhearts came out.
Here’s the thing about Kip Moore’s concerts. He doesn’t just come out and sing and hype up the audience with bro country beats in too-tight jeans and cowboy boots. He’s the real deal. Before most songs, he stopped and told the story behind them, how they came to be, or related back to another audience on his tour. He actually chatted back and forth with the audience and took requests. I was so overflowing with happiness, I almost cried. (cheesy as hell,yes, but here we are.)
And he played our wedding song, Hey Pretty Girl. I cannot put enough heart emojis in here to describe how happy that made me. <3
Friday morning, we checked out of our hotel, grabbed some lunch at Panera and headed over to the Forks of Cheat Winery for some wine tasting. Then on the way home, Dave wanted to stop at the Tanger Outlets to look for pants so, hello, I got to go child-free-outlet-shopping! The Under Armour Outlet is a glorious problem.
I didn’t realize how much getting a break would affect me until we got back to our babies. I was so excited to hug and snuggle them and watching them play Play-Doh didn’t seem boring or frustratingly messy. My energy is revamped and my cup is overflowing with happiness.
Mamas- have you ever taken a child-free getaway? Did you like it? I feel like I’ve been a much better mom the last few days for it!
Anybody like Kip Moore? Who wants to go on-road and be a groupie with me? haha I kid, I kid…