Tom and I found ourselves with 24 hours without kids this weekend and we did what any couple who has kids would do - get out of town!
We left Saturday morning right after breakfast and dropping the kids off and hit the road! We spent 8 hours on Saturday Christmas shopping at two of my absolute favorite stores on earth - The Container Store and Ikea. We planned out the renovations to our office and living room that we're going to do in January, found some really fun things for the kids and just laughed and laughed and ate and laughed and laughed some more. We found a wonderful suite at a hotel near the stores for only $99/night and ordered room service while we watched Texas football snuggled under the covers. We slept in on Sunday morning, had some good coffee and took a leisurely drive back home.
And the results? Besides the absolute giddiness I feel about having a trunk full of presents and new Christmas decorations for the house?! Perspective. There are always situations or people that bring me down and, when I get down, I get introspective. And when I get introspective, I stay introspective for days and days and days. I practically wallow and dance around in the introspectivity of it all. But, getting away for just 24 hours gets rid of all of that. My kids are happy, my husband is happy, my darn crazy puppy is happy, we love our house, the kids are starting to love their schools, and it's almost the holiday season. And I have yummy new red candles, sparkly things for the mantle, and I'm beating my husband at nearly every single game of Words with Friends that we play.
What could be better than that? :)