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Taking A Trip Without My Kids…WHOO!

36 weeks with my first in 2004

Cody and I will be celebrating our 11 year anniversary this summer and to celebrate we will be going on a week long cruise without our darling offspring.

Holy crap.

Not only because we’ll be leaving our kids for a week, but also because we will have a week together, just the two of us. We have never gone on vacation, just the two of us, ever. Sure, we toured law schools, but that was through New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana during March in a tiny rental car while staying in the fanciest Motel 6 we could afford. We had always planned on doing something big for our tenth anniversary, but wouldn’t you know it, I had a baby the month before. Our tenth anniversary was spent…well…not memorably. I can tell you that.

When I see people doing enormous and fancy things for their tenth anniversary I’m kind of confused, 10 years for us is when we just felt like we were getting started, getting into our groove. I guess that’s what happens when you get married at 19, have a baby at 22, and survive through both undergrad and graduate school together.

Addie saw me making plans online and instantly went into hysterics that it wasn’t fair that we went somewhere without her.

Oh honey, it’s more than fair.

Last month we spent a week at the beach with both little girls thanks to my mom giving us her timeshare for Christmas. The only expenses we had were the gas to get down there, some groceries and a few nights eating out. There was also a horrible unmentionable expense on the way home that involved vomit, but we’ll save that for another post. We had so much fun but when we got home we both realized WE needed time for ourselves that went beyond what a babysitter could provide (not to mention a vacation where cleaning up the vomit of another person wouldn’t be a possibility.)

When making plans the travel agent asked “What are you most looking forward to doing on your vacation?” thinking I would have some grand answer of fine dining or cave exploration.

“Spending time with my husband. Alone.”

Seriously, the thought of it makes me giddy in my liver.

Addie may not think it’s fair, but hopefully one day she’ll understand. (Also her foot stamping went into remission when she found out Grandma and her iPad were coming to babysit.)

Have you ever been able to travel without your kids?

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