An example of the thoughts running through my brain on a typical Saturday.
6:30a.m.: Is that the baby crying? $&%$ Why did we have a 3rd child????! Oh right, he’s amazing.
6:31a.m.: Yup, definitely the baby. He sounds pissed. Someone should really go get him. UGGHHHH That’s me. I’m that someone. Okay, let’s think: Do I want to sleep in today or tomorrow? Ohhh, we’re going out tonight.. which means cocktails.. which means it would be nice to sleep tomorrow. Ok, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna get up.
6:33a.m.: “Nooo, I’ll get him!” (Pushing husband back down). “You sleep.”
That was a close one.
Must have coffee.
7:00a.m.: (thumping of 5 and 7 year old feet): There they are – full steam ahead. “Hey guys! How’d you sleep? Want pancakes? Yup, we’ve got soccer, baseball, playdate with Natalie and Ben….A few errands. Yup, let's do that decoupage Nana brought over. Who doesn't love messy arts and crafts?
It’s gonna be a fun day!”
Where’s that coffee? Oh right. I’m the only adult here.
7:01a.m.- 5p.m: whirlwind of activities fueled by love of life (them) and love for them (us).
5p.m.: (Crashing on couch) I don’t think I can make it to dinner. 2 hours until they’re all asleep. I feel like I’m on Mile 20 of a marathon. Or DJ Tanner at the gym…
5:05p.m.: Think that restaurant allows sweat pants and Snuggies?
5:06p.m.: I would love to see the look of (X and Y couple) if I showed up looking how I actually feel.
5:07p.m.: If I cancel, I could go to bed at 7. Asleep by 7:01. That’s hot, right? Keepin’ the marriage strong…
5:08p.m.: (Bleep) this date night I should cancel. We’ll go out another time...like in 10 years.
5:09p.m.: Maybe if I just snooze now…
5:30p.m.: Husband: “What time is the sitter coming?”
Me: “Wha? Oh, 6 o’clock...Hun, I don’t know if I can make it.”
Him: “Sweet –she’s putting the kids to bed?”
Me: “Um, yeah, but…”
Him: “Feeding them?”
Me: “Yup. And cleaning up.”
Him: “Great. I can’t wait”
5:32p.m.: Actually that does sound pretty great. Okay, I’m gonna rally. Take a shower, get some coffee and I can still be asleep by 10.
P.S. Where did he get all this energy? Is he not pulling his weight around here??
6:30p.m.: “Bye, Kids!!! Kisses all around!"
P.S. Where did I get all this enthusiasm?
7:15p.m.: This night is awesome. I’m hilarious. My husband has never been more adorable. I could stay out forever.
10:00p.m.: By forever, I think I meant 10 o’clock. But this is awesome. Woo Hoo! Love Date Night!! I am a total rock star!!!
10:30p.m.: (To Sitter) “Thank you for babysitting. You free next weekend?”
Sunday, 6:30: Honey, that’s the baby. It’s your turn.
I tell you, I’m a huge fan of date night. And for some reason, that second wind kicks in and it’s like the crazy day was ancient history. And my relationship gets a breath of fresh air, beyond the kids, reminding us why we’re better together, and even stronger because of our great kids and crazy lives. #StillGotIt
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