I’m usually feeling a bit down by the end of Winter.
It’s rare to find anyone in Michigan who isn’t ready for Spring by the end of February/beginning of March.
Couple feelings of irritability and general “blue” vibes with having two energetic children bouncing off the walls.
Then couple that with the fact that I haven’t had a daytime trip to a coffee shop to write, (one of my all-time favorite activities) or a date night with Eric in 8 months.
Honestly, sometimes I just sit on the couch and think, man, I’d really like a vodka tonic and a cigarette right now.
(that was my previous life!)
Well this past weekend, I got a chance to hit the Refresh button.
Thanks to Eric’s mom and step-dad, who surprised us with an overnight trip to the Amway Grand hotel for Eric’s upcoming birthday.
We packed our bags Saturday morning and made the 45 minute drive to Grand Rapids.
Ella was SO excited when we told her about the pool.
She talked about it non-stop, (literally) until we finally said “YES! Right now!” and changed into our bathing suits (we ended up hanging out in the jacuzzi because it was warmer. No complaints here!).
It was a blast to be somewhere different. Somewhere I’d never been before. I love that.
And it was great to be able to grab a bite to eat and set the dishes down at the sink for someone else to wash and put away!
Thrilling, I tell you. Thrilling.
I found myself exhaling sighs of relief more than a few times.
Now granted, staying in a hotel with two kids is a bit of work in itself.
We did a lot of chasing.
A lot of “in a minute, sweetheart.” We had to take turns walking Lucan around restaurants and reminding Ella not to jump on the gorgeous ornate couches in the lobby.
Ah, but it was such a rare treat. The last time I stayed overnight in a hotel was when my mom and I saw Wicked in Chicago, summer of ’07. Wow!
I indulged myself in lattes and chocolate croissants. Felt fancy in my pencil skirt at dinner.
Ella got one on one time with Granny and her Aunt Sarah.
The funnies thing about the whole excursion was how much it made me appreciate home.
Yesterday was the warmest and sunniest day of the year so far at 63 degrees.
We walked in and opened the windows. A soft breeze came in off the lake.
The kids went into the living room and eagerly played with their toys as if they hadn’t been home for a week!
I put away dishes from the dishwasher and scrubbed down the kitchen…I love my kitchen when it’s sparkling clean.
And for the first time in a long time, being home didn’t feel like a chore.
Dishes didn’t feel like work.
It felt like life.
My life – the one that I love so much.
I realized just how vital a break is.
After not getting a true break for such a long time, I can now better understand why walking away from it all is really like hitting the refresh button. I feel refreshed!
But best of all, I feel sane.
I don’t feel like snapping at my beautiful children. And my back feels great after that long jacuzzi soak.
Today is Monday, and I feel great.
Thanks again Ruth & Louie!