Monday, March 19, 2007

Relax: BOOM, BOOM, BOOM!

Grandma Seattle visited this weekend (she is still here) and because she is incredibly generous, she gave K and I a twenty-four hour pass - our first ever twenty-four hour pass since The Mayor was born.

Aside from individual business trips, Saturday night was the first time that we spent a night together AWAY from the children since the year 2004.

The year two thousand and FOUR.

We booked a hotel with a gynormous bed, went out on a date and despite not yet owning a National Park Ranger uniform, were able to... er... enjoy each other's company! (Heh. Bow Chicka!)

To top it all off, we slept in.

Oh, yes. Slept in, ahhhhhh.

There was peace in our land, we found nirvana and exploded into a billion particles of light and air.

But then we had to go back home.

We arrived in time to take the children to a birthday party for a friend of The Mayor's turning three.

At the party, a different childrens CD blared from each room.

There was a puppet show -- and several three year olds lobbing rubber balls through the curtain at the head of the puppeteer.

There was a sand box - and a great throwing of sand.

There was ketchup. Everywhere. On little hands... and then on my jacket.

There were 5 three year olds playing an adult drum kit in a very tiny room so that you could feel the BOOM, BOOM, BOOM in your spine.

Our departure from the party was a combination of tears and dum dum lollipop stickiness.

Leaving only the bedtime routine - a bumpy ride at best.

The two of them wore me down to a nubbin in just four short hours.

I am a nubbin.

And still, I am happy to see them.


73 comments:

Sayre said...

A 24-hour pass??? I need me one of those! Can you send Grandma Seattle a little further south?

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

I have yet to have a four hour pass. Ha. No really.
When we go out it's literally a couple of hours and we are back. Ugh. We are such dear old wussies.

My kid is overprotected.

QT said...

YAY! So glad you got to experience Nirvana, even if it was short lived. Just hold onto the memories....

Kendra said...

I want your Grandma Seattle!! I am glad you go some alone time, and I am not at all jealous. LOL!!!:)

Blog Antagonist said...

Yes, parent vacation is bittersweet. It's incredibly rejuvenating, but it also makes you never want to go back. Until you get back. I can think of worse things to be than a nubbin. :?)

DraMa said...

Sounds wonderful! The 24 hour pass that is....

Karma has a way of making you pay for everything... even 24 hours of well deserved alone time.

East of Oregon said...

enjoyed reading this! I mentioned you on my blog today - take care:)

Nancy said...

The anticipation for a "24 hour pass" and the enjoyment usually pales in comparison once you get home and realize how much you really miss the chaos ... it goes too quickly, enjoy them while they still fear you, lol!

slouching mom said...

Hah!

I am a nubbin.

That describes me to a tee.

hautemama said...

Awesome!! It's the perfect amoount of time to not want to NOT come back!

Mrs. Schmitty said...

I've got your beat...Mr. Schmitty and I haven't had a pass since Nineteen Nighty-eight!! We are getting one in September for a wedding! I'm so excited!

JoeinVegas said...

So, what did you enjoy the most: the evening, the sleeping in morning (did you really just sleep in?) or the getting back for the party?

Robin said...

You've probably been a nubbin since 2004, you just didn't realize it until you got a break.

Lisa Milton said...

There's nothing more nubbin-making than a little kid's birthday bash. Glad you had a little R & R first.

SciFi Dad said...

Jeez... it must be birthday party season... we were at one on Sunday too (although for a 1 year old... so no boom boom boom, just a lot of crying over unshared toys)

cinnamon gurl said...

Ok, your first 24 hours sounds like HEAVEN!

What a contrast to the next few...

100 Words said...

Whatever stage of life you're at, there's nothing better than getting a pass.

I had one from the missus on Thursday night, with fairly disastrous consequences.

Still, t'was darn good to get out

NotSoSage said...

We had a 48 hour pass this weekend and...let's just say that another visitor kind of put a damper on things. Rrgh. Next time.

Isn't it crazy how quickly you can go from rested to frazzled? I think a 3 year-old's birthday party would just about do it.

Mom on Coffee said...

We'e UBER lucky to have enoug hfamily to spread the kids out and get away for a weekend every year. But, we always look forward to coming home. Amazing the power these crazy children have on us, isn't it.

Velma said...

My MIL is a saint, and she takes the kids for an overnight every other month or so. I directly attribute the health of my marriage to her.

The one thing you learn to expect is the reverb from going away. It always takes the kids a little bit to settle down after we get back, but now we know to anticipate it and plan accordingly.

(The sleeping in is almost better than the Bow Chicka, isn't it?)

Groovy Lady said...

Wow.. good for you and hubby! Grandma Seattle sounds like one hell of a fine woman.

I'm glad ya'll had a good time and hope the memories carry you through. If history repeats itself your next pass will be in 2010. :D

Above Average Joe said...

Congrats on your free pass. We've had only one pass since The Champ joined us. That was 2001, but I've already locked in my MIL for our 10 year anniversary in October.

Abbynormal said...

WOW Congrats on the break and the bow chicka. Sorry about the b day party. Sounds exhausting.

Mel said...

Oh, yeahhh. Parenting is all about finding nirvana one second and then the thud of hitting reality the next.
I actually shuddered as you described that birthday party. Ugh.

Julie Pippert said...

Sounds fantastic! Luck lucky you! And even better...you took full advantage.

Me? One time we got away. And I woke up several times and stressed off and on the rest of it.

It wasn't real angst or insomnia at all...just the HABIT of it.

Good grief.

g-man said...

We lucked into several days off. Our sitter is off for medical issues, Spring break is coming, we are headed off to Ohio to be with grandma and grandpa, so the bestest grandma ever says, "Since we are coming to help with the sitter, and you guys are coming for Easter, why don't we just take the girls over spring break, then you can take them home after Easter."

HOLY CRAP!!! Are you kidding!?!!? WOO HOO!!!! When can you leave?

jen said...

GOOD for YOU. long overdue, but GOOD for you.

rivergirlie said...

what a sweet little nubbin you are, though.
i've moved - come and see me so i won't be lonely.
x
(blogger formerly known as madmuthas)

TSM-terrifically superiorily mediocre said...

YAY for alone-time (even if it WAS sans-park ranger uniform)!!

Ya know, I'm only a few hours away from Seattle...welllll maybe more than a few. Like 8.

But our anniversary is Wed...:)

Jill said...

What is this 24 hour pass you are speaking of? And sleeping in? Never heard of it.

It sounds like you had a blast, even if there was no Park Ranger uniform involved.

LZ Blogger said...

Cute! Well... except for the DRUMS! ~ jb///

Jennifer said...

Wow! 24 hours...what I wouldn't do for a 24 hour pass.

Sounds like you had a great time!

Kevin Charnas said...

So glad that you and K got away for 24 hours! Nice...

Give Grandma Seattle my best regards and tell her your friend in Santa Barbara has been thinking of her and keeping her close to my heart. Seriously.

Diana said...

sleeping in???
I am soooo jealous!!!
not even the 24 hour pass has me that jealous...
aw, man, need to work on getting to sleep in!

Paige said...

Wow. A 24 hour pass.

I needs me one of them.

Mrs. Chicky said...

Isn't it amazing what a little sleep and some bow chicka bow bow can do for you psyche?

Natalie said...

Congrats on your pass. It was well deserved.

mamatulip said...

Woo! Nothing like hotel sex to spice things up a bit, eh? ;)

Glad you got out and were able to grasp an adult lifestyle for a few fleeting moments...

Damselfly said...

...or, "How to go from particles of light and air to a nubbin, courtesy of kids." ;)

Augs Casa said...

You WIN!! The wife and I haven't been away from our boys in over 2 1/2 years. I am thinking we are going to give your record a run for it's money. As for the youngins wearing you down. Man it sucks to be old and not keep with my two toddlers. I wave the white flag daily.

Tracey said...

Hooray for Grandma Seattle =)

Lisa said...

Four hour birthday party sounds like it was 3 hours and 45 minutes too long!

Yeay for grandma's who will take your kids for 24 hours. Ahhh. Ya gotta love them.

karrie said...

Damn. I need one of those 24 hour grannies.

Good for you! :)

Heather said...

Congrats on the pass! My parents are coming for a couple of days and said oh, its Spring Break, we'll take the kids home with us, you are coming for Easter anyway. DH and I are giddy with the thought, five days, no kids, what will we do with ourselves??

thordora said...

I HATE my inlaws, so the only reason I'm glad when they drive 18 hours to annoy me is so they can take off to see relatives for a few days with my kids. Last time they did that, I got very, very drunk, listened to loud music watched movies. All at once. Three in one night.

d. chedwick bryant said...

Your vacation 24 hours sounded bissful.

Kids turn me into a robot zombie fairly quickly--a couple of ear piercing screams and I start morphing.

carrie said...

Nothing like a birthday party to cap off a relaxing weekend!

Glad you were able to get away. Now, do that more often!!!

Carrie

Gingers Mom said...

I LOVE getting away from my kids. LOVE IT! A night full of deep sleep and crazy sex. OH YEAH! But coming home to them is always a thrill too.

wordgirl said...

Ahh..too old for a babysitter or grandparents, yet not old enough that I would feel comfortable leaving everyone here in charge of the youngest.

Queen of the Mayhem said...

I am so jealous! 24 beautiful hours! It is amazing how quickly you are sucked back into mommy reality! Well, it was nice while it lasted!

notfearingchange said...

God if they're doing this at the age of 3....wait 10 more years...eeeks! lol...

Her Bad Mother said...

A nubbin that got nookie and naps. Just sayin'.

Aliki2006 said...

Hooray for your pass! And what a perfect description of a birthday party for three year olds...

dionna said...

Different CD's in different rooms - something tells me the parents have been to one of those mega bars. One room has country, one R&B, one salsa, etc. Gotta love incorporating some adult night life into a 3 yr old's party ;)

Em said...

Only people with young children can truly appreciate a 24-hour pass!

Two Knives said...

Ah, the catch-22: you can't wait to get away from them, then you can't wait to get back to them. Go figure.

flutter said...

Oh how fabulous...I can't quite decipher if it was made better or worse that you ended up covered in ketchup.

Or is it catsup? The conspiracy continues....

urban-urchin said...

Wow,you guys have a lot of bow chicka! We haven't had a night away from the not so benevolent dictators in a while- but when it happens it's great once I get past the overwhelming panic that something is going to happen to them.

PunditMom said...

Hmmmm ... how to choose which is better? The BOW-chicka-BOW? Or the sleeping in? So glad you "enjoyed!"

Kyla said...

So jealous!! SOOOOO jealous! I think our last kid free weekend was in Feb 2003. *sigh*

Liam's Mom - Gina said...

That is awesome! So does that mean I don't get a 24 hour pass until 2008?

Mama's Moon said...

Me, me, me!! I want one of those 24-hour passes. That or maybe a Grandma Seattle. Got any extras lying around? Lucky Ducks!

Glad you guys got out long enough to, um, have fun. It's always the coming back to the reality of it all that seems bittersweet, eh?

Vancouver mermaid/Montreal photographer said...

It's nice to get away every once in a while...but then you have to come back! Dang it.

allrileyedup said...

200-FOUR????? Grandma Seattle should visit more often.

Mimi said...

LOL you really need to take time for you and your hubby. Kids are sweet and lovable and all other cute adjectives, but you really need to be AWAY from them from time to time. After you just appreciate them more.
Lots of luck with them.

Amber said...

SEND GRANDMA SEATTLE OUR WAY!

Little Monkies said...

I have that same drum at our house...Monkey can bang on it in the basement and I can still feel it on the second floor. Amazing adventures in sound...

Mrs. Chicken said...

Nubbin sounds like a dirty word.

hehhe ... nubbin.

Emily said...

"To top it all off, we slept in."
This sentence right there, made me green with envy. Sleeping in, wow, maybe one day that will be us too.

Momma Bean said...

That's the thing. We've only been away once for a wedding and, while it was blissful, I awoke with a start the next morning pining for the little beans. They, on the other hand, could have cared less if I was lost for days.

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Fairly Odd Father & I have not gotten a 24 hour pass together since '01! It looks crazy to even write that down. Grandma Seattle sounds like a peach!

I agree though that re-entry is rough. Whenever I'm away from the kids, even for a few hours, I find it takes me a bit to ease back into mommydom.

Little Nut Tree said...

We haven't had a 24 hour pass since BN's 30th birthday when Rowan was 6 weeks old.. even then it was more like a 17 hour pass...

I miss the guiltless lie ins and the lazy Sunday mornings and coffee or beer in the pub of a lazy childless afternoons in the sun...

ahhhh..

But then why is it, tell me, Oh House of Joy, that when I am away from them even for a little bit.. that I can't wait to get back..?!?!

little monkeys!

Alpha DogMa said...

Suck it up sistah! 2004 - that's nothing.
Try 2002. 5 years and 1 month to the day...and
then I broke down.
Two weekends ago we abandoned the children to my parents (who travelled 12 hours by car for the event) who soloed with my span for 26 hours. 26 hours. That was all it took for my father to convert the boys to hockey fans. And I loathe hockey. And now: not so crazy about my dad either.
Not that I really care, cause I got myself some quality naked alone time with my cabana boy.