taking a breather

The girls had a sleepover at my parent’s house this weekend. As you can see, they were very nervous and not at all excited about the idea.

Sleepover at Grandma's house! We are all VERY! EXCITED! ABOUT THIS!


(And I won’t lie: we were pretty thrilled with the whole idea too.)

So off they went, and then off WE went to dinner. Alone. Leisurely. With an hour wait at the bar and we didn’t even CARE. Of course… neither of us actually drink alcohol at the moment. Dan is allergic to beer and isn’t a fan of hard liquor, and I’m a billion years pregnant. So we were the dorks sitting there drinking iced tea and cranberry juice/sprite and talking about baby boy names, but we were okay with it.

Pre-hibachi dinner mocktail for the pregnant lady #datenight

And the hour wait for our table was totally worth it because NOODLES. RICE. FILET MIGNON. And that ridiculously awesome orange-y colored dipping sauce. It was so delicious, all of it.

Waiting (not so) patiently for my filet & chicken mmmmmmm

One of the best parts of a date night where the kids aren’t actually at the house is that we could go home at 8:00 and get into our pajamas and not feel like losers because we arrived home before the kids were in bed. It didn’t matter! It also didn’t matter that I went to bed “to read” at 9pm and promptly fell asleep by 9:20! I’m a rock star, is basically what I’m saying. (Dude, I was up at 4:30am Saturday morning for no reason other than I had an itchy belly and the baby was kicking me like crazy. I was exhausted.)

The next morning, we slept until 8- EIGHT! I cannot even remember the last time I slept past 6:30- and we got showers and headed to breakfast.

Slept until 8am, woke to an eerily quiet house, now this is happening.

I won’t lie: it was weird waking to a quiet house. We both commented on it a few times. But the giant delicious pancake and the home fries that didn’t fit into the picture made things less weird. Then we went shopping at Target and came home and I sat on the couch for the rest of the afternoon while Dan did some random baby prep stuff upstairs (put the crib back together, rearranged our bedroom so the pack and play will fit better, etc)

So let’s recap what I did while the girls were gone: ate, slept more, ate again, shopped, play XBox, and ate snacks. Weekend Of Awesome: CHECK.

You’ll be happy to know that the girls also had an awesome time. The few times I checked in, they were getting their hair done, their nails painted, and building a tent. And they had chocolate ice cream with sprinkles on it. They came home tired but happy.

Home. Two tired girls.

It was a much needed weekend for everyone, I think. For me, it came at a good time. Dan’s been traveling a lot these past few weeks and I’ve been working and shuttling small people to doctor appointments for their broken feet (LOOKING AT YOU, AUDREY.) and finishing up getting baby clothes washed and sorted, etc etc so every other weekend lately has seemed like Playing Catch Up rather than enjoying things. So making myself SIT and DO NOTHING for a few hours yesterday afternoon was hard on my brain but oh my, it was glorious. And Dan and I got to talk more about baby names without anybody distracting us and we’ve narrowed things down a little bit (but no final decisions till he’s born, I don’t think!) I feel like these next few weeks are the calm before the storm of the baby arriving… and looking at our calendar, it won’t be very calm at all.

So hopefully this weekend’s effects last a little while!


  1. Michelle

    February 25, 2013 12:18 pm

    We’ve outsourced the girls the past two weekends to grandparents so that we could pack. It is AMAZING how much we got done without them. And we relaxed a little. I used to feel so guilty about sending the girls away but really, we all need it every once in awhile.

    • Jen

      February 25, 2013 4:05 pm

      It’s SO true. Especially because during the week with work and school and daycare, we’re just plain not USED to all being together for 48 hours straight. HA. Which might sound terrible… but if we don’t have Things Planned and we just hang around the house? By Sunday night, we’re all irritated with everyone else and cranky and ready for our routine again. heh

  2. K

    February 25, 2013 1:26 pm

    Well, HELLO!, fabulous weekend!

  3. red pen mama

    February 25, 2013 2:56 pm

    I block in a weekend per month that I call Double Secret Probation Weekend. I make sure Dan and I book nothing for that time, and if humanly possibly, don’t book anything for the girls (peer birthday parties will be the death of me). We clean, sit around, go to a musuem — just family time. As far as kid-free time, Dan and I are pretty good about getting that, too. Sometimes, you just need a meal that doesn’t include mac n cheese or cutting up someone else’s food!

    • Jen

      February 25, 2013 4:07 pm

      That is such an excellent idea. So far we’re not overbooked with Kids’ Stuff- yet!- but I know that day is quickly coming. I’ll have to keep this in mind! And I count us SO LUCKY to have nearby helpful grandparents that allow us to get a kid-free meal now and then. It’s so nice and WEIRD at first to get out of the gear where we’re HURRY UP WE HAVE TO EAT FAST BEFORE SOMEONE HAS A MELTDOOOOWWWNN IN THE RESTAURANT!!!

  4. Jesabes

    February 26, 2013 10:56 pm

    Best weekend ever. Actually, any weekend that involves hibatchi, kids or no, is one of my favorites:)

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