Brantley’s 7th Birthday

Last month, our big girl turned seven!  Her birthday was on a Saturday, and since Scott had an out-of-town work conference in Louisville, Kentucky the same weekend, we decided to treat Brantley to a little trip out of town by herself with mom and dad!  We didn’t tell her the big surprise until the day before, and she was SO EXCITED when she found out that she was going to get a special big girl trip for her special day!!

We headed out on Thursday afternoon, and after we dropped Ben and Gracie at Bammy and PaDaddy’s house, we hit the road to Louisville!

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We got to the hotel a little late, but this girl was too excited to fall asleep juuuuuuust yet.

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We woke up Friday morning and were excited to order room service and have breakfast in bed!

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Brantley wanted to show her American Girl doll, Parker, the big city. Our hotel was smack-dab in the middle of Downtown Louisville, which was pretty neat.

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Since Scott had meetings all day, it was me and Brantley on the town!  But first, swimming in the indoor pool!

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And then PIZZA.  All we had to do was walk out the front of the hotel, and we were right at Live on Fourth, a little restaurant and live music district.  SO convenient, and we found a great little pizzeria!  We were a little nervous about the crowds since Muhammed Ali’s funeral and burial were that Friday that we were in town, but other than maybe a few extra people in the streets, it was no big deal at all.  The city handled the event so well.

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And then some nice guys struck up a conversation with Brantley about her birthday and surprised her with some birthday ice cream on them!  It must be nice to be cute and seven, ha!

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We thought that Scott would have a dinner meeting and we’d be on our own for dinner, but he surprised us with tickets to a riverboat cruise for dinner!  We were so excited!

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We were on the Belle Lousiville, and cruised on the Ohio River.  We had a buffet Fried Chicken dinner in the dining room, and then were able to go to the top of the ship and admire the lovely views of Kentucky on one side and Indiana on the other (by the way, we discovered that Brantley had now visited 7 states by her 7th birthday!  Pretty cool!).

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We really had SUCH a fun time on the riverboat cruise, and were SO tired when we got back to the hotel!  Plus, we needed to rest up for the REAL big day, Brantley’s birthday!!!

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Scott had early meetings again, so me and the birthday girl headed out to breakfast at Dunkin Donuts across the street (her choice, of course).  And the plan for the day was to head out to a local mall for some shopping!  We don’t go like, for-real shopping very often, so this was a treat for the both of us!  We had big dinner plans too, and wanted Brantley to be able to pick out her own fancy dinner dress!

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No fun at all, can’t you tell?!  Girl was all smiles!  Brantley really wanted to find some “high heel” shoes, so we shopped until we found some.  At the Disney store!  And she insisted that she wear them immediately. 🙂

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We shopped til we dropped, and had a great time.

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The sweet Clinique lady at Von Maur gave Brantley a lipstick from their free gift her birthday, which pretty much made her day (and made me a little jealous, ha!).

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And since Birthday Girls get what they want, we went back to the pool for a bit!

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We headed back to the hotel room and got ready, and were ready for our girl’s big birthday dinner!

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We decided to go to The English Grill in The Brown Hotel for dinner.  We wanted a nice restaurant and to have a “fancy” dress-up dinner for Brantley, and it was perfect!!  The Brown Hotel is a landmark in Louisville, and was gorgeous.  Definitely a must-see if you’re ever in town.

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The champagne was mine, just so you know, haha!

I had read a lot of review on local Louisville restaurants, and The English Grill was said to be one of the best in town.  It didn’t disappoint!  We started with the Crab Cake and Ravioli for appetizers.  And I think we ate every piece of bread out of the basket, it was so delicious.  I usually like to avoid it and save room for the other food, but it was impossible to resist!

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Brantley ordered the biggest plate of Macaroni and Cheese, ever, and it was amazing.

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I ordered the famous “Hot Brown,” which was said to be created at the Brown Hotel.  If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s a Kentucky tradition, and it’s toast points with roasted turkey breast and tomatoes, topped with an ooey-gooey cheesy Mornay sauce and bacon.  I couldn’t imagine coming to the Brown Hotel and not getting a Hot Brown, so that’s exactly what I got.  And it was delicious!

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When I made the dinner reservation, I let them know that it was Brantley’s birthday, and anything special that they could add to our evening would be much appreciated.  It was so sweet when our wonderful waiter brought out this amazing dessert just for our girl!  The entire wait staff at the restaurant was really amazing.

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I think it was just the cherry on her sundae, and she enjoyed every minute.  You could hardly wipe the huge smile off her face the entire evening.  It was kind of celebratory for us too- seven years as parents!

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We headed back to our room after dinner, and put on our comfies since we were all STUFFED.  Dinner was delicious, and a big hit with our girl.

We headed out the next morning, went and picked up the two littles from Blue Ridge, and headed back home. We kept asking Brantley what her favorite part of the weekend was (“my fancy birthday dinner” she always said), but for me, it truly was getting some one on one time with my big girl.  It’s so hard to really give her the attention that she deserves at home with Ben and Grayson, especially when I rely on her so much to be their example and to do her chores and help me out.  It was nice to give her my undivided attention, really listen to her, make her feel special and really celebrate her.  It was really a much-needed lesson that I need to try and do that more often with all three kids!

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We all had a ball in Lousiville (such a lovely city!) celebrating our big girl.  We love you Brantley, and are so proud of the lovely young lady you are becoming!  Happy SEVENTH birthday!!

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