Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

Memorial Day is upon us...that means the end of May is right around the corner. It also means the kids pool is now open all week long and they'll get out of the adult pool. It also means Aiden is almost 11 months old. And most of all, it means our trip to the beach is literally just around the corner. Whoop!

My parents offered to keep Aiden for the weekend since she had the last few weeks of May off, so I took Thursday off to go meet her for the exchange. Now, Aiden hates the carseat for any longer than 40 minutes or so mostly because he's so mobile now...I mean maybe a few weeks from walking completely on his own type of mobile. We've been down to one hand for a while now, and he takes a few steps here and there, but all he wants to do is walk, so walk is what we do. Anyway, I met her Thursday and miracle of all miracles the trip wasn't so bad. He fell asleep and had a nice solid nap while I drove, which was a nice change of pace from the typical screaming I am used to. Nathan was traveling (Phoenix, as usual), so I was heading back to have a day and a half ALONE. It was quite surreal to think about, but also such a neat treat.

Now, the key is that I had to remember what to do without a baby in tow! :)

I got back Thursday night and enjoyed cleaning up, taking a bath, skipping dinner (since I didn't have to make it for anyone!), and just relaxing. Friday I went to get my "hair did" and spent the afternoon at the pool despite the cloudy day. It was nice to just sit and read my book and not worry some kid was going to bang Aiden on the head with their water gun. Went over to hang out with my awesome buddies Jamie and Kevin's and had a great night of movies, pizza, and beer before heading home. Nate got in about 3 in the morning, but thankfully I was so out of it I didn't know he'd even gotten home till the next morning. We got up fairly early and went to have breakfast at Franklin Mercantile, one of our local favorites. We had a great time chatting it up and realizing that we had the whole day together, just the two of us. It was a nice realization and I will say one drastic change in our time alone is that the level of conversation changes dramatically when you don't have a baby with you. For the better, obviously, not that it's bad when we do have Aiden with us, it's just not as deep. Does that make sense? You're caring for this little person all the time and sometimes you neglect to go beyond the surface of some topics because you're either distracted or busy or worried or whatever...so it was nice to have some time to really dig deep and enjoy that bond.

Saturday was great...just relaxing and fun. We headed down to Nashville for a supurb dinner at Sunset Grill and dessert at Ben and Jerry's. Ice cream is so good on a warm summer night. We finished the night chillin' on our porch enjoying the amazing star-filled sky that is so breathtaking from our neighborhood in the country. Ahhh...and knowing you don't have to get up at 6:30 the next morning makes for a beautiful night's rest! Ha.

Sunday was another day of relaxing...though we did interrupt it with some errands and such along the way. That afternoon our neighborhood had a Memorial Day picnic with a band and crawfish, grilling out, etc. It was fun to hang out with the neighbors, but with all the kids running around out there, it made me miss my sweet little dude. We were off to pick him up first thing Monday morning and had a great time seeing him again. Enjoyed a nice breakfast at Cracker Barrel before heading back out on the road with our little dude in tow. It was nice to have him back. He had a great time at Mimi and Pops and discovered a lot of fun things, loved walking around and finding out how things work at their house, meeting new people, and last but not least discovering the joy of his tricycle....which he's not sure if he should ride or push! :)
We stopped at another Memorial Day bash on our way back to town and for once the place actually had more kids than dogs. Kind of a rarity most of the time, but a nice treat for all of us with the kiddos.

How grateful I am to have loving parents to care for my baby boy, and give him some fun things to do so my hubby and I can feel like adults every now and then!

Playing with the mirror...and dishwasher. This boy loves to clean!

Meal time!

Pops posing the the teething boy...and Mimi with him after his bath-a-roo!

Smiling, happy guy!

Figuring out if he should ride it or push it...so funny!

Picking up the dude...I was so happy to see him!


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