Today we both had a vacation day and instead of the usual: "you take the kids from 9-noon, then I'll take them from noon/nap-5", we embarked on a family day trip. I was ridiculously excited about this. Life as a SAHM who babysits for friends and doesn't have a car means I spend A LOT of time in my house. I love my house, but it's been driving me batty!
Farmer Jake DID have a meeting, so I guess it wasn't a complete vacation day, but that gave us our destination (about 1 hour away). Stupidly, I just assumed the meeting would last an hour and found a near-by park for the kids. After an hour and a half and two tree pee breaks for Hazel, I desperately needed an adult appropriate restroom.
|it took her awhile to warm up, but Heidi learned to love swinging!|
To make a long story short, we then spend another hour and half killing time at the industrial complex where he was in his meeting. I kept thinking "if I leave now, he'll call as soon as I get the kids into/out of their car seats". Ugh, that was a long hour and a half. The near-by Target really wishes I had known I had 3 hours to kill!
Then the kids were ready for car seat naps so Farmer Jake and I took turns running into one store each (he: Lowes, me: Kohls). It was BLISSFUL to spend 15 minutes sprinting through the store. I got FJ 3 new shirts, a pair of adorable silver sandals for Hazel, and for me...
SUNGLASSES! Ok, I have to ask: DO I HAVE A FAT HEAD? It seems that every pair of sunglasses (I go for the plastic frames that make good headbands) press on my temples and causes headaches. I never knew that I was a fat head :(
|this pic was from last summer when I was in Pittsburgh for a bachelorette party. we ate at Fat Heads...I should've applied for a job :)|
From there, we followed some GPS coordinates to a cave that Farmer Jake has wanted to explore. It kinda sorta doesn't exist, but we did find a different cave that we're planning on exploring on our next adult only date day!
So, what makes the perfect day with a 1yo and an almost 3yo?
- Meals of hot dogs, nachos, ice cream.
- Lots of good baby naps in the car.
- Silly conversations with Hazel to keep her entertained.
- And best of all, a whole day with just my quartet! Sooo long overdue!