Yesterday was the most awesomest day!! So I want to write about it before the "glow" completely wears off.
My Dad offered to take both of the monkeys to Disneyland (our code word is "Orange County"). I was hesitant at first, "Are you SURE you want to take Adam? Sure? Positive? You know, he throws a lot of tantrums? He looks cute but, I don't know..." Anyways, my Dad is a brave man and held up to my many warnings of possible meltdowns, and general two-year old stubbornness/crankiness. He said with complete conviction that it would be fine and that they would have a lot of fun. Before I could think about it too much more, I decided to just let go a little and let him take him, which would mean MY FIRST DAY WITHOUT CHILDREN IN FOUR YEARS.
And I started to get excited. Giddy. A whole day by myself. WOW! So Monday came and went, then Tuesday, and finally it was Wednesday. Orange County day.
The morning started off just like any other, dressing the kids, serving up some oatmeal. But now Frannie knew she was going to go see Mickey Mouse and even Adam knew (well as much as he could know about it.) It was a great motivator to get them to hurry along with things "Hey, do you want to go see Mickey Mouse or not?!" At 9 am my dad came and whisked them off.
And I was free.
La la la la la la la la!!!
You know, I have never realized how much daily stress is really involved in caring for the constant needs of kids. Because my children are always with me, I guess there is just a certain level I'm used to at all times. So when they were gone and I didn't have to worry about anyone or anything...it was like a level of relaxation I haven't felt in a long time. Now mind you, I do get some breaks. I go out with my girlfriends in the evening once a month. I have my Bradley classes on Sundays where I'm doing my own thing. But this was different because it was a whole day by myself with no real responsibility.
Anyways, I started my perfect day by making myself two over-medium eggs with sourdough toast, coffee, and OJ. I then headed over to Jennifer E.'s house to lovingly hand over all of my MOMS Club Secretary stuff since she will be taking over the position this next year. I had the chance to sit and talk with her and explain all of the things she has to do with no interruptions. So now I've cleared my hands of my MOMS club duties (all I have left to do is a Friday meeting, and make one last agenda). Wipe, wipe, all done! Ah!
At that point it was about 15 til noon, so I got in the van and began to make my way towards my ONE HOUR MASSAGE APPOINTMENT! Hi Ya! I was smart enough to make the appointment on Monday when I first realized my freedom-status for Wednesday. My beautiful friends got me a gift certificate for my birthday, so this was the perfect opportunity to go enjoy it.
The appointment was for 12:30, and I was there a bit early, so I decided to stop at Stater Bros. first to pick up a few items for dinner. So I'm doing my shopping and such and don't you know that two men at totally different times made the sweetest comments to me about how I looked beautiful and when was the baby due? Now when in the world was the last time that happened?? How's that for just completely making my day? What a way to just make my heart soar.
So on my perfect day, even a simple trip to Stater Bros. turns out to be great. Then I'm off to my massage appointment. One hour of kneading and pulling and all the good stuff. Head to toes. Aaaaaah... Her name was Araceli at the Urban Retreat in Claremont. She did a good job. Good pressure.
After my massage I made my way back home, but first stopped at Wendy's for a frosty and a hamburger.
By the time I got home it was about 2:00. I spent the rest of my day watching a movie, taking a nap on the couch, and just enjoying the peace.
At 5:30 the doorbell "Ding! Donged!" and my magical day came to an end. I peeked through the window, and there was my dad holding a sweaty Adam with only a t-shirt, diaper, and tennis shoes on. (Adam that is. Not Dad. He was fully clothed!)
But you know, what? The magic didn't end. Because I was SO GLAD to see my babies again after a long day without them! And I felt happy and refreshed and I was happy to have them home. I opened the door and Adam took one look at me and his whole face lit up and he started to laugh and squirm like a puppy. My baby boy was home. Next Dad got Frannie from the car. She wasn't quite so happy though. It was a long day for her and she was quite tired and whiney. But it was ok because sometimes a day at Disneyland can be hard work for a little girl with so much to see and do.
So my day ended. Soon after that Jason came home. We had a simple dinner of stuffed baked potatoes and it was back to the normal stuff of cleaning up kitchen dishes and bathing the babes and putting them to bed.
Dad, I am very grateful to you for giving me this special day! The day is over, but I still have a little spring in my step :)