Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thankful for... Time Away
I love my kids. I am proud of my mothering (most of the time- hey, we all have our "less than" moments). But sometimes, I need a break. Jeff and I are immensely grateful to have Christy and to have Jeff's folks here so that we can take a night out from time to time. We don't do it often. But when we do, it's definitely needed. There is no better peace of mind than knowing that my kids are not only being well cared for by someone I completely trust, but that they are having an insanely good time, too. And sometimes, a single evening out just isn't enough. After Thanksgiving dinner... when bellies are full and kids are playing football in the yard and grown ups are in a tryptofan coma... We will drive back home, leaving our children at Grandma's house. Yes, we will miss them. They will miss us. There might even be tears- on both sides. But the kids need that time with my parents and my brothers. And my husband and I need time for just the two of us. We'll have Friday to enjoy time at home- Jeff might go hit some Black Friday sales. I'll hopefully get some cleaning done to make room for the Christmas tree that we plan to assemble and decorate over the weekend. Friday night, Jeff and I have a special date night planned. Saturday morning, Christy and I will drive over to Cincinnati and make a visit to Jungle Jim's. Then pick up the kids and bring them home. Then we celebrate Thanksgiving with Jeff's family on Sunday afternoon. I'm thankful for people in my life who can give Jeff and I a little break. I'm thankful to have friends and family who love us and support us and understand that time away makes us better parents. I'm thankful for time away to make the time together even better.