When my mom visits she likes to stay for a 2-3 weeks.  It’s nice to have her here long enough that she experiences our “normal” and not some weekend extravaganza.  She does the dishes, helps with homework, visits school, and even helps blow noses at 1am (her bed was closer so he left me alone – yippee!).

View from the Madison Hotel rooftop

When she’s in town we try to take the opportunity to escape our “regular” life for a hotel.  We don’t go far – downtown Memphis is a different world when you compare it to life in East Memphis with a house, yard and two young kids!  If you’ve never done this I strongly encourage it.  There is nothing like going out for dinner knowing you can sleep as long as you want.  No one is going to wake you up in the middle of the night because they wet the bed, threw up, need a tissue or just miss you.  No one is going to wake you up in the morning because: “THE SUN IS UP!” or they are hungry or can’t tell time and think it’s morning.  No kids, no pets, no dishes, no laundry.

This trip we spent the night at the Madison Hotel.  The room was very nice and the employees were the friendliest in any hotel I can remember.  Every single one we saw stopped, looked us in the eye, said hello and asked if we were enjoying our stay.  Every. Single. One.  The view from their rooftop is great, and if the bar up there isn’t open you can grab something at the downstairs restaurant – eighty3 – and take it up with you (sitting at their bar is nice too).

View of the water feature on the Felicia Suzanne patio

After a very quick trip to a new women’s clothing boutique called Revive (because I left my clothes on a hanger at home – doh!) we went to Felicia Suzanne’s for dinner and ate outside.  Their side patio is lovely – very peaceful and a bit removed from the street.  We had a fabulous meal and then walked “home” to our hotel room.  The next morning we enjoyed breakfast at Cockadoos where there was a very diverse crowd and a very homey atmosphere.  We both read the paper without being interrupted, totally not normal and we enjoyed it tremendously.

Thanks for the night out mom – you’re the best!