Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Rolling the dice...
On Friday morning, Andy & I will head to the airport for our first trip away from the boys. In fact, it's our first weekend away together since becoming parents in 2006. While the excitement builds, I can't help but worry about leaving the boys, especially Charlie, for a few days.
In September we celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary. While it might not seem like a huge milestone, the fact that we still see our relationship as fresh & view ourselves as the lucky ones, is worth celebrating. (I know a lot of people who have had issues and even been divorced at this point.) So when my step-dad scored tickets to see U2 in Las Vegas, we jumped at the chance to go!
I know a lot of people wouldn't go. And I don't blame them. Leaving your kids for one day, let alone 3, is a lot. For Andy & I though, this time away is part of keeping "us" strong. Beyond the world of mommy & daddy. We get to enjoy dinner without food flying across the table & sleep without the worry that a teething 1-yr-old may wake us. And while we'll both miss the boys, having that time together is something you can't overlook. Our ability to connect with each other & feed that spark that brought us together is a key ingredient in our happy little family. The date nights we occasionally take do so much to refresh us, I can't wait to see what a whole weekend of grown-up time will do!
We are traveling with my mom & Ron, which presented the next challenge.... who will watch the boys? There are few people I trust to take on a full weekend. Andy's sister will be traveling, his brother starts a new job that Monday & his mom is pulling the Sunday shift. Plus, watching the two of them for 3 days will be a full time job in itself. Thankfully we still have a great relationship with our favorite baby sitter in Evansville. Keri & her fiance Frank will arrive Thursday night & are excited to spend time with the boys. On Sunday morning they will hand off the babysitting duties to Grammy. We return home Sunday afternoon.
I know I'll worry. I know I'll call... probably too often. But while Andy & I get to have a weekend away, Jack & Charlie get to have fun playing with Keri, Frank & Grammy. Thank god for the 3 of them. They might simply view themselves as babysitters, but it's so much more. They are giving Andy & I a much needed respit from every day life. They are helping us be better parents, by first & foremost, being good spouses.