Thursday, June 12, 2008

Love in the time of Crayola

Being a loving wife can be hard when you are simultaneously trying to be a devoted mother and a over-achieving employee. Or at least it is hard for me. In recent weeks I've been more or less a walk on role when it comes to my marriage. He gets to see me come home from work, play mommy to the kids and pass out dead exhausted at the end of the day. If he's lucky, he may catch a glimpse of me on my way out the door in the morning too. Does he complain? No. He's that kind of guy, the kind, sweet and supportive balance for my frenetic internal machine. And I am the luckiest woman in the world.

I say that not just because Mr. Dog still digs me, but because my parents are equally amazing. I'm sure there is a way I could get them sainted in some minor religion. (note to self: check that out) I mean when did Mother Theresa ever watch her grandkids so her overworked and exhausted daughter and son-in-law could go have a grown up weekend away. Well, I guess that's not a fair comparison. You have to consider the fact she was a nun after all, so no daughter, no grandkids...minor technicality. But I certainly won't let that stop me from rambling on here.

After a week of non-stop early mornings and late nights, parenting fatigue and too little time to hug and snuggle, my parents sent us off for the weekend. We holed up in a hotel downtown. A hotel with blackout curtains, housekeeping and a nice big bed. We did great grown up things, ate fancy dinners out, had happy hour with our grown up friends, slept in uninterrupted and crossed busy streets without trying to keep an "I do it myself" 2-year-old's hand firmly in ours. We generally reset and recharged. On Sunday, after two nights away, despite the original plans to stay "on vacation" until late afternoon, we ate breakfast then were stumped for other things to do sans kids. And we missed them. We were home by noon, but man did it feel like I'd had a week off.

Sure, Monday managed to roll around and wipe out much of the relaxation, but I think Mr. Dog would agree, we are probably on a firmer footing now with each other than we were last week.

6 comments:

Shannon said...

I'm glad the Dog family is back in the saddle again. When Mr. & Mrs. Dog are content, the Big and Little are happier too.

Mrs. F said...

I love that my parents were willing to do the same thing for us. It just makes the whole family happier, really, cause everybody knows that If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy!!!!!!

WA said...

Wow--did you just get a new header? It's amazing. Me & my blogger template are very jealous...

chihuahua5 said...

hurray for your parental units! we love them!!!

smilinshell11 said...

I have to ask, where did you end up staying? The Mr. and I are looking for a weekend get away around/in Seattle and are looking for suggestions.

followthatdog said...

To answer some questions in the comments:

Yes, I got a whole new blog design. The link to the designer in right hand column of stuff is who I used. She rocked.

We stayed at the Westin. Got a great deal on Hotwire.

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