I love my children. They are wonderful, smart, eccentric, intelligent, beautiful beings. They make everyday life magical. I also really enjoy a night with no children- where I get to pretend to be just another adult and have only adult conversations and have no diapers to change or bottoms to wipe.
All three kids went to my Mom's house for the extended New Year's weekend. Although I missed the kids (and I'm sure they missed me, even though Richie had absolutely no words to speak to me on the phone), I really enjoyed being able to stay out late at night with friends and Richard. Usually, if one of us wants to go see some friends, the other has to stay home. This weekend we went out every night and made the most of our alone time.
We had a blast visiting with a friend in town who recently moved a few hours away. We celebrated the New Year with friends five minutes from our house and didn't worry about leaving early enough to relieve the baby sitter (AKA my sister). I slept until 5:00PM Saturday. THAT'S RIGHT. That will probably not happen again for another four years. I ate Denny's and was able to have adult conversation and eat all of my own food and not cut up anyone else's meal. I saw a movie. I stayed up late. I did most of the things I just can't do when the kids are home. I mean, sure I could stay up late when they're home, but I'm still going to have to wake up at 6:00AM so I don't stay up super late.
I'm really excited to go get the kids this morning. I've got some fun stuff planned for us. Richie's winter break is ending and so is mine. It will be nice to have the entire day just for our family to hang out before real life starts back up. Most offices are closed so Richard will have no work. We're planning a picnic dinner in the backyard.
Now if I can just bring myself to mow the lawn...