13 March 2011

super thankful

There are always things in our lives that we aren't thankful for. But then, at the same time, there are usually about fourteen million other things that we should be grateful for. Like right now, I am not that thankful that my kids are coughing, sneezy freaks who won't sleep. But, I do have a lot to be joyful about, so let's talk about that. 

Nick and I got to go to New York this last week for four whole days alone. I think there were about seventeen instances in the first 24 hours where we would sit silently, look at each other, and say, "I can't believe we are doing this." Sometimes we'd switch it up and say, "Can you believe we're alone?" We may have been surrounded by eight million other people, but we were definitely alone.  And it was awesome.

I am thankful for my mom and sister who stayed at our house with Lute and George. Not only did they manage all the daily duties (and dooties) (sorry) around here, but they also took care of my sweet boy who got sick the night we left, had to have his very first chest xray, and then started a round of antibiotics to kick his borderline pneumonia. It was hard to be away from him, but Grandma and Auntie stepped in to save the day. (And to clean up the vomit, which I was extra thankful to be 3,000 miles away from.)

Grateful for my in-laws who took Eddie to their house for three days of fun-filled entertainment. The kid was in heaven with undivided attention and new spaces to explore.

Deliciously appreciative of the cherry cheese strudel from the bakery down the street from our hotel. And the pizza, donuts, risotto, lobster sliders and sangria that were consumed during our travels. And the miles and miles we walked everyday that made all the calories consumed disappear (that happened, right?).

Thankful that we made our plane, even though they didn't want to check our bags because we arrived two minutes after the cutoff to check in because someone was silly enough to book a flight home that meant catching the train in the middle of rush hour (that's me). Online check in saved us and I'm grateful.

And even though my kids are sick and whiny and sniffly and sleep deprived, I am so so so thankful to be back in the snuggle zone. I missed those peanuts. 

(But I am also really, really glad that my non-traveling husband told me that he wants to do something like this every year, because let's face it, we all need a break now and then. Grandparents, prepare yourselves.)


  1. I distinctly remember Greg saying next time they would take two...but I'm wondering if by then we would each have two?
    I'm so thankful that you two had fun. If anybody deserves it, you do.
    And, I feel honored you trusted me with those precious angels. They were so much fun (if you don't count the coughing, throwing up, and the dooties).

  2. Just found you on SITS.

    Getting away is so wonderful and to have parents who will watch them...awesome!

    We have 3 little ones and people run when we mention needing a little break!

  3. Glad you enjoyed your trip, enjoyed (if that is fair to say) your Mom's tweets while you were gone!

  4. Aw, so good that you got a little vacation time in alone! It's so important! :)

    Sorry about the sick kids though.

  5. Amen to that! We are definitely looking forward to our first trip for some alone time since our son came home 3 and a half years ago when we wean our daughter next year (if not sooner!). Hope your kids are all well again soon.

  6. A break like that is like oxygen to me...if I don't get it, I can't function.

    Glad you had such an amazing time.

    Hope all the kids are well.