Then a few weeks ago, he let me know the first night was at the Fort Worth Omni, a hotel we had been to a couple of years ago. It was awesome to have one concrete thing to look forward to, given the rest of the trip was a complete surprise. My husband clearly knows me well as he planned the perfect trip for me. It pretty much consisted of amazing food, physical activities (to work off all the food), relaxation, and fun adventures. It is hard to believe it is already over and I'm so grateful to him for the time and effort he spent planning it for us.
The trip began Friday after lunch when we drove to downtown Fort Worth and checked into the Omni.
|View from our room|
|Fort Worth Water Gardens|
|At the roof top grill|
|Such good burgers!|
|My burger- the Chaca Oaxaca: beef & chorizo, avocado, pico de gallo, |
fried egg, queso fresco, & tabasco mayo
|Matt's choice, the Cowboy Murrin: applewood smoked bacon, tomato, jalapenos, |
fried onion, cheddar, pickle chutney, housemade BBQ sauce
|It eventually came crashing down...|
We eventually had to check out, so after leaving the hotel and grabbing lunch at Sweet Tomatoes (all of the salad!), we hit the road for destination #2! I was driving and Matt was navigating, since he knew where we were going and I still didn't. However, after a little bit on the road my suspicions were confirmed-- we were going to College Station! We had a great drive back to the area we met and then did a driving tour of the area. We checked into our hotel and then got ready for our fine dining experience of the trip.
That evening, Matt took me to Christopher's, an amazing restaurant that is perfect for celebrating special occasions! We had been a few times before but it was so nice to be back, especially to celebrate me earning my PhD. Texas A&M is where I first learned about criminology so being back in the area carried with it a nice symbolism. Plus, the food is absolutely delicious!!
|Our appetizer: almond baked brie.|
|Why don't food pictures ever look as good as it does in real life? This |
was my dish, the Italian Braised Beef Ribs. The boneless ribs were
melt-in-your-mouth tender and the polenta hiding underneath was
SO good. Easily one of my favorite dishes ever.
|Matt's equally awesome dish: South American Marinated Beef.|
|Our dessert- chocolate & peanut butter cake|
The next morning we took a 2-hour walk around campus. Even though it has only been 4 years since we graduated, a decent amount has changed both on and around campus. Yet it was still nice to be back and very much made us feel at home. Until we saw the new Kyle Field! My goodness is that place huge!
|Matt in front of Bright, his AERO building|
|The Administration Building in the early morning|
|Only we would take a picture of the library :)|
|Inside the Flag Room-- figure it's rare to see it with NO ONE ELSE|
About 6.5 miles later, we eventually wandered our way back to the hotel, got cleaned up, and headed out for lunch. We went to Fuego's, enjoyed some delicious tacos, then headed home. It was very bittersweet leaving, knowing we were headed back to real life after such an amazing trip. Throughout the weekend, Matt made a point to make sure I felt celebrated and that was certainly fulfilled! Guess it makes it really official now, right?