The hubby and I used to travel quite often pre-kids. The anticipation of the trip was fun – getting my hair and nails done, tanning, new wardrobe, the works! Since the kiddos were introduced into our lives, we continue with memorable vacations and family trips. BUT, it’s the adventures minus the rugrats that can be stressful.
Recently, we had an out-of-town wedding in Jamestown, NY. When I first learned of this, I sighed. I’m sure I’m not the only one out there that feels like this, right? Thinking of the preparation this entailed was overwhelming for a two-day trip. We have to find sitters for the kids, find a sitter for the dog, buy and coordinate outfits, pack the kids and us, etc. I was exhausted thinking about everything leading up to the weekend. So we (meaning I…lol) were able to get everything organized for our kids-free, weekend getaway. My parents picked up the kids and we were off.
We had three and a half hours of drive time. Of course, we started out our trip anxious about leaving the kids, the dog, and wondering what we forgot. And then, it hit us…SILENCE. The silence brought sense of calm and then the words just flowed. It was the first time in a long while we were able to talk without interruption, and oh did I mention the sound of silence? We were able to take in the scenery and enjoy light-hearted conversation without little voices chattering in our ears.
Once we got to our destination, we checked in to our hotel, got ready and walked over to the venue. It was perfect. The ceremony and reception were less than 100 yards from the hotel at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station. No DD needed, WHOOHOO! We enjoyed the food, drinks and conversations with friends and complete strangers. I do not think I smiled and laughed so much in a while. A night much needed!
I guess I wanted to share this because regardless of all the hustle and bustle leading up to this trip, it was worth the few hours of reminiscing with my husband and enjoying each other’s company. We needed that moment of being fun again, feeling carefree and experiencing silence. Our batteries were recharged, so on the drive home we planned our next getaway…VIVA LAS VEGAS!