I went with my husband, who went for a conference.
He was pretty busy during the day but we got to do:
a 6 hour road trip, both ways - one way included a stop at the outlets (I scored)
dinner together every evening (so good)
Second City (hilarious)
and a lazy Sunday together (much needed).
And anyways, my sister Tiffany lives in Chicago which only made the trip even better.
We spent 2 entire days together WITHOUT. ANY. KIDS. It's only been like, ooooohhh, 5 years or so since we've been together without kids.
Saying it was awesome is like the understatement of the year. It makes me happy just thinking about it.
saw a movie (Footloose, which, embarrassingly, was so much fun).
And that pretty much covers it.
That and talking talking talking and laughing till we cried and wondering how the time was going by so fast.
Thank you thank you Tiffany - for clearing your schedule to spend so much time with me, making arrangements for Madden, and hosting us on Sunday.
I did of course get to see my nephew Madden on Sunday and Monday - he was as cute, funny, and easy going as I remembered.
I also got to do some very important things like:
sleep uninterrupted every night
Wake up when I felt like it
Take my time getting ready
Wear cute clothes
and read a book while soaking in the bath in the middle of the afternoon.
And I can't talk about the trip without talking about the food. My favorites of the trip:
Bread Pudding Pancakes
White Chocolate Salted Caramel Pretzel Pancakes (those alone might have been worth the drive)
Best. Trip. Ever.
Or at least what I needed most right now.
All while my children were in the capable hands of my mother-in-law, who so kindly offered to come out and stay with them.
They had the time of their lives and were pretty heartbroken (as in sobbing) when she had to leave.
We can't thank you enough Lezli!
Paul - thanks for doing a research project, presenting a poster, and giving a talk at the conference so we could go on this lovely trip : )
And. As lovely as it was, it's always lovely to come home to my 3 kids. My real life here with them is pretty good.