The Best Money We've Ever Spent While Having ToddlersMolly Thornberg
Tonight, we spent the best money we’ve ever spent for while having toddlers. See, in the last 30 months – my husband and I have not had a single night alone. Sure, Grandma will take the older kids, but pawning these 2 littles ones off, in addition to our older 2 – HA! We can barely get babysitters for a few hours!
My husband and my oldest son share a birthday, leaving my husband constantly jipped. This year, I decided that he deserved a different day with a celebration of our own. (Hello justification of spending this much money!) Master plan? Spend a night without kids, particularly the toddlers. I had to get creative, and of course pay a nice sum of money to make this happen, but it was worth every penny.
Master plan: Convince my younger kid-less sister-in-law who is in school that if she can just watch the kids while they are sleeping and a few hours in the morning, we’ll give her cash.
Sunday night we didn’t let the toddlers nap and put them down at 7:45 pm. Sister-in-law came at 8:15 pm and we snuck out the back door.
15 hours without kids! What to do? We decided to drive to another state, stay at a casino, drink and enjoy a kid-free night. The hour car-ride to the hotel was so wonderful. There was no screaming, we could listen to NPR without worry what was on the radio and we could actually talk. At the casino, both of us could drink knowing we’re not driving anywhere. Sleep without worrying about a toddler sneaking in our bed at night? PRICELESS.
I may take up another job so we can do this regularly. It was costly, especially the casino part – but we needed this escape.
Mother’s Day is next weekend, wonder if I can use that excuse for another kid-free night… maybe I shouldn’t press my luck.
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Molly blogs technology, parenting and geekery at Digital Mom Blog.
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