My New Year’s resolution was simple for 2016 – less plans. I was SO tired of weekends leaving me more drained than the actual work weeks. For example:
Friday: Get off work, rush to daycare, get Guinevere. Dinner with the family, or settle Guinevere at home for a babysitter for a date night, or running errands. Get in bed super late because “it’s the weekend!”
Saturday: Up early to dash to Target for last minute birthday gifts. Split childcare duties with Tyler so we can each go to the gym. Rush home to get ready for a birthday party. Arrive late anyway. Leave early because my kid is melting down from no nap. She passes out in the car on the way home. Bribe her with juice and Netflix while we walk the dogs/pick up the house/curl my hair for dinner with the family. Leave for dinner. Keep Guinevere out way too late. Get home, open the wine, stay up super late because “it’s the weekend!”
Sunday: Up early to attempt church. Guinevere begs to go to the playground but my warm sunny porch was misleading – the heavily shaded park is freezing and we’re sorely under-dressed. Beg her to leave via more bribes. Go to Costco. Miss naptime again. Fast food for lunch. Home in time to host friends for the football game. Make food during first quarter. Once they leave, start six loads of laundry. Meal prep. Get Guinevere in bed and realize missing essential ingredients for meal prep. Dash to Safeway. Open the wine, because I need it. Iron clothes for work. Set out Guinevere’s clothes for school. Pick up the house for the housecleaners. Run to ATM at 10pm because you forgot to get cash to pay them. Make everyone’s lunches. Wait, where’s my weekend?
That was EVERY.SINGLE.WEEKEND. for us. It was exhausting. So now – no more plans! Its been glorious. Lazy mornings, impromptu trips downtown to the museums, long lunches…so glorious.
It also means that when my two best friends and I at the last minute realize that we need a Mom’s Night Out, I can totally squeeze it in.
We booked a room at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons. I picked this hotel because it is connected to the mall, so we could have dinner at Maggianos, Wildfire, Cheesecake Factory, or a dozen other options in the mall and then wander back into the hotel after window shopping at Chanel, Louis Vuitton, or Yves Saint Laurent. We packed swim suits and work out clothes.
What happened was we checked in, the incredible front desk staff found out that we’d been trapped with our children during the blizzard and spoiled us with champagne, and then we continued the bubbly at the hotel bar, ordered food there, then put on pajamas and drank three bottles of wine in the hotel room.
There was late night room service, a Justin Bieber dance party, and Selfie School. Our nights out have changed a little in almost 14 years of friendship but how many people can say they’re blessed with rock solid people in their lives?! These girls are my lifeline to sanity and I don’t know what I would do without them.
I wish I were technically savvy enough to figure out how to have stolen the entire picture from my BFF’s Instagram, but I’m not. I think you get the gist though…we are super fun mamas 😉
It was a nice change from my normal girls nights, involving my favorite 4yo. Who recently figured out how to work the Selfie Stick. Sidenote: Why did it take us so long to purchase a Selfie Stick?!
I love those girls nights too Life is good, friends. 2016 is shaping up to be a fantastic year.