Tuesday, January 29, 2008
A much needed rest . . .
Last night Geoff and I talked about our new schedules. He is working some long days (12 hrs for 4 days a week) and I am teaching 21 hours a week and plus the theatre in the evenings (6-11pm Tuesday thru Fri. and Sat. 1-11pm). With all this time and LACK of time together, we've decided it's time for a weekend getaway. My theatre work will end on Valentine's Day for a while and Geoff will have Fri. thru Sun. off til the end of March.
SO . . .
We are going to go and escape for a couple nights and enjoy some time to talk uninterrupted, eat a meal without interruptions, watch a movie without chatting in the background or little fingers in the popcorn, and enjoy some much needed 'alone' time. Don't get us wrong - we LOVE our kids! They bring us such joy (99% of the time) and rarely go anywhere without them, but the time comes when you just MUST escape!
The last time we 'escaped', we stayed at Gold Canyon Golf Resort. It was so peaceful and remote. We had a spa casita with an indoor HUGE in-whirl spa. We spent so much time in it we were pruned! :) We only left our suite long enough to eat dinner at the restaurant and enjoy the walk to and from. We had a living room with a couch and fireplace and a kitchenette. We watched tv and just enjoyed the place, like we were home alone. This time we want to try another place and found the InnSuites across from Mills Mall. It has an indoor jacuzzi as well (we kinda like that and almost make it a prerequisite). We can walk to the mall to do some shopping, eat at Joe's Crab Shop, see a movie, etc. We only stayed 1 night at Gold Canyon last year - it cost us almost $300 a night! But this year, since the cost is lower ($155 a nite), we are going to stay 2 nights! I'm so excited!! We are confirming the babysitter by the end of the week and then booking the hotel. YAHOO!!
Even once a year is just not enough for me! I miss my hubby and my best friend, even if we live in the same house and sleep in the same bed every night. It seems as if we pass in the night lately. I'm working nights and he is working days. It will be nice to finally have some quality time together. He really is my best friend, my confidant, my rock and anchor. We seem to rarely be at home together - I don't count the time that I'm teaching; even if I'm home, it's still work! And with my theatre work, our weekend nights are out of the question for a date. We used to enjoy the evenings together cuddling on the couch after the kids went to bed but with his work beginning at 5am, he is in bed shortly after the kids. I'm a night owl and get so much done after the kids go to bed. I sweep and mop my floor, wipe down counters/etc., sometimes I even dust because the doors aren't going to open and attract any dust for a while, I can't vacuum but I do shake rugs on the carpet so they are clean (I vacuum in the morning), I set out things for the next day (kids socks, homework that's been checked, items for the morning meal that won't spoil, my list of TO DO's for the next day, etc.) and sometimes pack Geoff's lunch. I'm otherwise collecting my thoughts for the next day. I do a little emailing (students, etc.), check on my fellow bloggers and my family's website and then hit the hay myself; usually following one episode of something to wind down in bed. Geoff is usually asleep by then. The alarms (yes, we have 3! He never hears them!) start going off at 3:30AM! Once I'm awake, I really don't sleep soundly again, so this is disturbing for me. Geoff is not the quietest when he gets up and moving. He's not loud with voice but he has no qualms about turning on every light he needs. This drives me batty because I'm afraid it will wake the kids and sometimes it does. And we all know that once a kid is up, there ain't no going back and then it's disaster for the day! When he finally leaves at 4:15am, it's again dark and I try to go back to sleep but alas, it's usually time for me to stare at the ceiling and think of all that I need to accomplish that day. All this leads me to explain that I am now trying to go to bed with Geoff earlier, and then I arise with him. We have a little time to visit in the morning, have sweetheart morning prayers and talk about the days plans. It's only been happening a couple days (until I'm done at the theatre, it can't happen every day) and when I do - I notice a difference in our relationship, the way we are with the kids, and the spirit in our home. We have started the day off right with our prayer and set the tone for that day! We are a little more patient with each other and are more kind with our words (or as Kylee would say - "eww!"). I'm hoping this getaway will allow us to restart the new year off right and lead us into yet another great year together!