Sunday, April 22, 2012

So emotional...

So tired...

Rich and I spent last night away from home.  It was only my third night ever away from the girls.   Only their third night ever together without a parent in the same house.  I missed them.  I thought about what they were doing.  I imagined what their reaction would be to certain things - like the new beach, the fancy hotel, lunch at a different restaurant.

I don't realize how difficult being a parent (and a parent to three the same age) is until I have a break.  Rich and I could relax and talk and eat without interruption.  I felt like a different person.  We weren't the same couple.

I didn't sleep restfully last night and we quite literally spent half of today on the road so I'm wiped out.  Rich is tired as well and the girls were off, which I expected would happen.  We'll recover and return to our normal Monday routine tomorrow.

The girls asked a lot of questions regarding our night away.  They wanted to know where we were going and if they could see pictures when we returned.  As we were packing, Allie asked, "Do you need to relax without us?  Do you need some time alone without us because we've been naughty?"  She wasn't sad or upset when asking those questions.  More matter of fact.  I did chuckle and she smiled in response.

No one said this life was going to be easy.  But look at these three.  I can't want for more than I've been blessed with....

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And now I need to find work clothes for tomorrow, make sure everything is ironed and pack my lunch.  And, most importantly, be in bed early.

(I do plan to blog about our super-mini-vacation in more detail later.)

11 comments:

Tina said...

Oh dude, I totally get it. I LOVE hanging out with my kids and spending time with them, but once in a while I just need to be free of immediate responsibility for more than a few minutes at a time. A night out is perfect. Usually my in-laws will take our two daughters over night, and we stay at home ALONE at night... it is so ridiculously rejuvenating. But the funny thing is, we can never sleep past sunrise because we wake up and just want them back.
Our kids are precious, amazing creatures. But having 24 hours without them can do amazing things for ourselves and our relationships with our husbands!
Glad you got a night to yourself, even if you thought about your girls the entire time. It is special to be able to appreciate them without them barking demands at you at the same time. ;)

Amy said...

My husband and I just went away for a 10-day trip to Hawaii. Pre-trip, the longest I'd ever been away from the girls was 3 hours. We only go on date nights when family is in town, so 2x a year if we are lucky, and usually it's to a movie after they've gone to bed. I had forgotten what quiet was like.

Jessica said...

I can't imagine how ill feel when it comes time to take time away from Aleena. Its time well needed for every parent I'm sure though! I hope you had a great vacation!

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Laura said...

Good for you getting a night away by yourselves. I don't have any myself but I know that small children can be hard, and definitely tiring, especially 3 the same age!
That picture is so cute, by the way! You have such beautiful girls.

Hope's Mama said...

I really haven't had many nights away from my kids either. Only a couple from Angus, mostly when his sites was born and we were in hospital, and none from Juliet, as I am still breastfeeding her.
I sometimes crave time away, but even when I'mg gone a few hours or so, I miss them.
xo

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Stacy said...

Sometimes you need a little away to regroup and be the best mom/wife/friend/daughter/employee you can be. At least that's how I feel. AND my husband and I need alone time as well. We had our kids because we loved each other so much. It's a tough balance, though. Really tough.

On a funny note - WHERE did you get those face masks. Meghan wants one and she saw those cool ones she would really one!

Sarah G said...

I dont' comment very often but I absolutely love your blog. i'm glad you were able to get away if even for one night. Never been in your shoes but I will say, good for you guys. :)

Sarah said...

OMG, Amy - 10 days in Hawaii. I think I would come back a completely different person!

Stacy - the masks were with nightgowns from Joe Boxer. They were a gift so I'm not sure where my SIL bought them.