Recently my in-laws asked us if they could babysit the kids some time soon - even overnight, if we wanted - so we thought about it for .07 seconds before deciding to take them up on their offer. We handed the kids over on Saturday morning and although I had very, very low expectations for how Avery would do away from us, she pleasantly surprised us all by doing totally fine! Now I'm just trying to figure out why she loses her mind for 1-2 hours straight when dropped off at church, but can survive 24 hours in someone else's care with no problem... babies be crazy.
Anyway, while the kids were busy being spoiled, us grown-ups were busy spoiling ourselves with all the kid-free time. It had been 15 months since I spent a night away from a child, aka: too long, so you'd better believe I was soaking it up! I spent the morning getting a haircut, then we spent the afternoon eating lunch at La Madeleine and walking around and doing a little shopping in Town Square.
We came back home for a little break before heading to dinner, and as we were heading back out, Amanda and Brian drove by with a thoughtful gift card for us to our dinner destination. Sneaky twin sister for the win! Dinner was delicious, with the only downside being how full I felt for the remainder of the evening. But that didn't stop us from hitting up Starbucks for hot chocolate before driving around to look at Christmas lights with the Joiners, who also had babysitters for a portion of their evening.
We slept in (!!!!!) on Sunday morning, went for a walk/run in the 'hood, ran a few errands, and got a few things done around the house before the little ones were returned to us after lunch. Davis greeted me by crying that he didn't want to come back home and telling me "no" when I asked if he missed me (3 is such a sweet age, don't you think?), so I'm pretty sure they had a good time.
The plan from there was to have a low-key afternoon at home to recover from the busy weekend, but when I realized we had enough time to make it to our friends' little girl's birthday party on the other side of town, we quickly changed gears and hit the road not too long after they got home. I'm glad we did because it meant catching up with good friends we hadn't seen in too long and reaping the tasty benefits of a very Pinteresty party at our friend's parents' beautiful home. Totally worth the drive!
Really, without trying to rub it in anyone's face, the weekend was just as delightful as it sounds. But I gotta say - all the excitement we've had going on is making me feel a little burnt out... and Christmas isn't even here yet! Hopefully I can muster up some more energy and enthusiasm in the next couple of days - I'm sure the current constant flow of sugar in our home will help. Yay holiday season!