Scott and I had our longest trip away from the kids ever this past weekend, and Elisabeth is 9 and 1/2 so it's been awhile. In the past I think we've done a couple of one-nighters away from the kids but I can't even remember the last time we left all the kids for a night; we had Nora with us when we came to CO for a night to find a place to live so I don't think we can count that. It was probably when Krissy watched our kids a few years back for Valentine's. We think it was 4 or 5 years ago. Anyway, this wasn't a really long trip, 2 nights, but like I said, our longest trip away ever and it felt like a good amount of time. Long enough to do some fun things together as a couple but not so long that we were feeling too sad about missing the kids. Though, of course, we did miss them and thought and talked about them often. It made me even more grateful for our sweet little family and all of our wonderful children who bring so much joy into our lives. Anyway, let me go back and give a few more details on the trip.
The engineering firm Scott works for has an office get together every winter for couples and every summer for families. Office headquarters are in Minnesota which is where the majority of the employees reside. But they also have a small Colorado office and since it's new and they haven't met a couple of the new guys they offered to fly out the CO team and a guest for each and put us up in hotels. Scott and I didn't think we'd be able to make it work, what with us just having moved here in August (we don't want to damage new friendships :)) but when Becca offered to babysit if we flew her out we jumped on it! So we got our tickets, planned our trip and a week later Becca came out for three nights and four days, one to spend with me and the other two to watch the kids. We are so grateful to her for coming and to Blake, her awesome hubby, and Bella, her lovely 7 year old daughter, for allowing us to borrow her for a few days. My kids loved spending time with her. They played games, watched movies, went to parks, ate at McDonalds, baked a cake and more!
And a picture with some Star Wars Lego sets for Charles.
We ate dinner at Ruby Tuesdays. They had a pretty decent salad bar and Scott enjoyed some fish tacos.
Scott needed some new athletic shoes so we picked some up at DSW while I chatted with the kids on the phone before they went to bed, and then we went over to MAC so I could get some long lasting bold red lipstick I had been wanting for a long time.
By the way, if you're wondering where my ski poles are, I didn't have any. The front desk at the ski lodge recommends that if you're a newbie that you just try and get along without the poles. Which was all good and fine for down hill but any time we hit a flat area or needed to go up a slight incline I really had to work it! Good times!