okay so it's only about 6 weeks after our anniversary but we did finally get away. it was so nice. this past weekend we headed to chicago and the kids headed to nana and papa's. it was the first time we'd gone away for an entire weekend without the kids since they've been born. we'd snuck away for a night but an entire weekend was a special treat. so what do you do on such a rare occasion? here's our answer ...
...get a great deal on a downtown hotel (go pete!) and enjoy the palmer house all decorated for the holidays.
...laugh that they goof up the room which results in free breakfast one morning (fabulous!!) and a bigger room then we had anticipated.
...cash in WICKED tickets my parents got me for my birthday (last year ... see how bad at getting away we are?). thoroughly enjoy the show. love the story line, all the little one liners and the twists along the way. realize yet again that everything has two sides and just because you've heard one doesn't mean you know the whole story... even in a movie. =)
...walk around downtown after the show and look at all the lights. be amazed at what snow and twinkle lights can do and how beautiful it is. enjoy each other's company and the excuse to snuggle close cuz it is cold downtown in the winter (can you say wind off the lake??)
...have dinner at gino's east (pete had never been and if you go to chicago you have to have pizza!) enjoy that there is a wait for the deep dish pizza as this gives my poor toes a chance to warm up and us a chance to have good talks about us, the future, our lives, etc.
...GET TO SLEEP IN!!! (can i emphasize this point enough? of course for us this means a little before 8 but still enjoy that we do not have to get out of bed and can drift in and out for awhile. of course the first morning we were still up by 6...old habits die hard.)
naturally when we picked up the kids we were ready for hugs and kisses. we got some of those and the updates on what radar (my parents puppy) had been doing. then of course mia was not ready to leave! =) can't complain about that too much though. it was a great weekend for us and a wonderful chance to just focus on us a little. we try to do that here with date nights and time after the kids go to bed but it was really nice to have a whole weekend just for us. hope you all are better at getting away then we are and that you enjoy the time whenever and whereever you get it. =)