Is there a little excitement in that title? Heck ya there is! Last night I told you why we waited so long to leave the kids on this post, today I’ll tell you why we’ll be going on another overnight VERY soon! Last month The Water Man and I went on our first overnight together since before having kids!!! Wahoooooooo! I’m pretty excited, seriously, if any of you are available this week to keep our children please let me know… we are ready to leave them again! Just kidding.. kind of.
The Water Man and I use to go on the most fun adventures together. In another life (it feels like) we traveled all over the country with a race team, which was amazing. But our favorite travels are Texas road trips, we use to do anniversary trips to resorts, long hunting weekends, river road trips, and beach getaways. Not that we don’t do trips now, we just have 2 tiny humans in tow and most of our belongings. Oh, and we don’t sleep in the car on the side of the road when we get tired anymore or sleep in or pack light or leave without a plan or… you get the idea.
After My Sunshine was born, he was such a mama’s boy and had so much trouble eating and sleeping, I was barely surviving. There was no thoughts of an overnight that first year, our first date night was when he was 14 months old and we went down the street for an hour. We were both worried about the baby all the time and I couldn’t really stand to be away from him. That was a hard year, we could have used some date nights at least. My Sunshine started sleeping through the night after My Wildflower was born so we never got around to getting away and we weren’t really ready. Round 2 was quite different with my baby girl, we had our first date night down the street when she was less than 2 weeks old and she pretty much came out of the womb sleeping through the night and eating well. So we finally decided it was time for a getaway, Nana came into town for a sleepover and we took off!
The other day a friend on Facebook was vacationing in Maui with her husband while her two kids were at camp and she said that honeymoons are wasted on the young. She said that you appreciate the time together later so much more. I couldn’t agree more, especially once you have kids! With The Water Man’s work schedule right now we were able to steal away for a whopping 19 hours so we wasted no time in the car and went right down the street to The Lakeway Resort & Spa. It was wonderful to stay in a hotel and not be worried about all the unknown dangers, someone escaping, what my baby could find to get into or eat off the floor! We didn’t quite know what to do with ourselves in a hotel with nothing to worry about! It. Was. AHHH-MAZING!
We had drinks at the bar, dinner at the steakhouse, drinks in the pool, enjoyed the sunset in the hot tub and watched the sunrise over the lake (yes, we were awake for sunrise when our kids were not there). We laughed like I don’t remember laughing, we held hands and flirted and I remembered what it is like to just be present with my man. I wasn’t worried about what anyone else was doing, I wasn’t trying to figure out when anyone would be up from their nap and we were not talking about kids or money or work or logistics of our life together. Don’t get me wrong, we have a crazy, beautiful life and I am thankful every single day. I am blown away by what we have done together in the last 12 years and I am enjoying the blessings we have right now. Every now and then it is just nice to get a break, together to reconnect and remember how we started.
If you get to do this all the time, ooooooh cherish it! Celebrate that alone time! If you are not there yet, take heart, your time will come. I remember crying at times wondering if we would make it. Wondering if my husband and I would ever be the same. And the truth is more beautiful than I could have ever imagined, because we are not the same. We are so much better. It’s hard to remember that when your exhausted and in the trenches taking your frustrations out on the person next to you. But if you hang in there, learn to appreciate the stage you are in (even the really hard ones), an overnight might be closer than you think!