Monday, August 10, 2009

Home Alone, Part I

So back in June, Hubby and I celebrated our 10th anniversary. To celebrate, my parents took the girls for the weekend. Picked them up Friday afternoon, and dropped them back home Sunday morning, which happened to be Father's Day.

I was giddy with anticipation as I waited for Hubby to get home from work on Friday. I have this amazing dressing area adjacent to my master bath and for once I actually used and enjoyed it. Sat on a chair and slowly put on makeup, took my time going through the makeup brushes to find the one's undamaged by my girls; used the blow dryer to style my hair with out intermittant stops to listen and make sure the girls were not up to any mischief.

Once Hubby was home, we hung out and watched some tv. Grown up tv. Then we were off to dinner. We chose a restaurant I have been wanting to go to for a full year. The Farmhouse - known for cooking to the season and using local farms as their food source. When we arrived, our table was not quite ready, so we sat at the bar. Sat at the bar. No, we didn't pace the parking lot, praying dinner wouldn't extend too far into bedtime. Nope, we sat at the bar and oggled over the beer list.

After being seated, there was a delay in being served. But it didn't matter. No one to shush, or say "sit on your bum!" to; we simply enjoyed our drinks and chatted. Ok, I'll admit, we did a lot of chatting about our girls, but what do you expect?

As dinner was served and we took our first bites, we wept. Yes, tears burst forth from our eyes. What an amazing meal. We cried for the perfection and we cried over the knowledge that once upon a time, two DINKS used to enjoy a meal such as this because it was a Tuesday. A whim, a "I don't feel like cooking" kind of night; not a meal that had a one year wait list. The meal followed by dessert,and dare I say it? After dinner drinks! was sublime. Perfection.

The next day we slept in. Then we read the saturday paper and each had two cups of coffee. Yes, I drank two cups of coffee. Savored, actually. While sitting on the couch reading the paper. Yes, I know I said that already, but I just wanted you to understand fully the signifigance of this. I drank my coffee while sitting on the couch. Not standing over the counter, quickly slurping and impatiently waiting for it to cool down. I drank it on the couch. Reading the paper.

Next, because of the rainy day, we changed our plans of walking around Jim Thorpe. Instead, we did something more ordinary: ran errands. I know, you are rolling your eyes, wondering why we would waste a day such as this on errands. But here's the thing: we ran errands TOGETHER. It wasn't our usual divide and conquer Saturday where we split the girls up and each run around to get stuff done. We drove around, in the little car, the car without car seats. Together. We bought peanut butter and hot dogs. Picked up D1's new mattress. Together. At one point we got back into the car, looked at each other and smiled.

This is kind of fun
Yeah, I've missed you
Yeah, you're kind of fun to hang out with
You too!


It was nice, a relaxing rainy Saturday afternoon.

That night we met up with friends at a new Gastro Pub. Yeah, it's a weird description, but that's what they call it. It was yummy - great beers, plus one of my favorite things ever! European style french fries with real home made mayo. Real mayo - not some crap you buy in a jar. Yum. We hung out with some good friends, ate, drank and listened to the live band. A great night.

We went home high on solitude, but excited to get our baby girls back the next morning.

To be continued....

8 comments:

Krazy Kat Lady said...

D1is what, 4 years old? You haven't been able to drink a calm cup of coffee in 4 years? I think I'm going to cry.

Jenny Henny said...

sorry to give you the bad news....

Valerie said...

Ooooooo... that does sound nice! Can't wait to read Part II.

Emily's visiting with Grandma and Papock all this week, and now you've given me such great ideas of things to do.... just the coffee while reading the newspaper sounds fabulous. Ahhh... the things you miss once you have kids...........

Mariska said...

My husband and I were at the Superior Diner for breakfast last week with our two girls. As the girls screamed, bumped their heads underneath the table, nearly scalded themselves on coffee they insisted on stirring for us, spilled 60% of their milk, and scrawled on the table with crayons, my husband and I could not stop staring at a couple in their mid-50s, sitting across from each other in a booth, trading pieces of the newspaper and reading in silence. We decided it was like watching parent porn.

Ivy said...

It sounds like a little bit of heaven!!!

Just Jiff said...

Wow. This made ME tear up! Hubby and I have been out together ONCE since our 16 month old was born. We got someone to watch Bayley so we could go to a movie. It was nice. Our 7 year old was at his mom's house so we got to be grownups. Sigh.

I'm so glad you got your time together! You definitely need more of those. :)

Dumblond said...

Ooo yes. Those date nights are fan-frickin-tastic!

Krazy Kat Lady said...

OK, now you are ALL making me cry! Mine is not yet 4 months old and I had fantasies, during my sober, uncomfortable pregnancy, of going out again once the baby was born. We were going to be that couple that took their baby everywhere, and still enjoyed being grown-ups. Ha! I then had hopes that once she was a little older things would get better. Now I read all of your comments and I am realizing it doesn't get better until they leave the house. *sob*