I drove 99 miles last week and went on a free vacation. It’s exactly 99 miles from my front door to my parent’s front door. When I found out Andrew would be in Dallas for 6 days I took the weekend off from serving at church, cleared my calendar, scheduled a couple days of work in the office and packed my bags. It was exactly what I needed. My dad had been alone for 12 days at this point while my mom was down south loving on her grandsons and he was SO ready for the company. Ellery and I were treated like queens. He took our meal requests, went to the grocery everyday, made the BEST SALADS EVER, grilled out everynight, took walks, went to the mall, took Ellery to the park and even treated us to Ellery’s first frozen yogurt experience.
I took a day off from work and spent an entire day with my bestie and her little girl who I hadn’t seen since the end of January. We went to lunch, took two walks, chatted while both our babes slept and just chilled. I missed that woman and I missed just casually hanging out.
My mom came home Saturday late and I enjoyed catching up with her. We could have talked for hours, but my dad urged us to go to bed…we eventually headed that way. My mom “adopted” a foreign exchange student from UofI while she was in the airport and Sunday we took her to lunch. My parents loved having an exchange student a few years ago and when the program ended and it was no longer an option they were pretty bummed. Lucky for my mom a girl from Brazil who knew not a sole sat by her at the airport and she and my dad have now taken her under their wings. I’m talking like taking her to lunch, driving her to her first day of work, helping her locate a bed, get furniture, bedding, groceries, etc. Yes, I was raised by hospitable people so if you wonder why I’m always encouraging you to just stay the night when we are hanging out this is why. I’d love to wake up, make some pancakes and chill with you. I’m not weird, this is my normal people. Someone take me up on the offer sometime please!
Coming back to reality was really hard and I kinda had to re-acclimate to responsibility. While I love being a wife and mom I don’t so much love going to the grocery store, planning meals, cooking, cleaning, doing dishes, etc. It was also nice to have so much help with Ellery. Andrew is a huge help, but grandparents are different. They crave taking care of the munchkin so I didn’t really do a whole lot. Super refreshing. Not that I want my husband to travel, but if ever he goes on a trip like this again, you better believe I’ll be driving the 99 miles to enjoy the help, company, and pampering! Thanks Mom and Dad!