I am really looking forward to Valentine's day for the first time in my life.
I've had a Valentine for the past decade, plus, so it hasn't just been sour grapes on my part. Valentine's day has just never been that big a deal for me. We've had nice times on Valentine's day, including a memorable night at the Japanese Hibachi restaurant where we were seated with a bunch of kids who were on their way to a dance, and it snowed 6 inches while we were eating. We laughed a lot, and when we all left (together) we got into a snowball fight in the parking lot. Good times. But Valentine's day is not the kind of holiday that I've ever looked forward to with breathless anticipation...
Until this year.
This year, the kids are going to spend the night at their Uncle Brandon's. Mary Grace has asked me every single morning since we told her, about a week ago, whether or not today is Valentine's day because she is so excited to go spend the night with Lucy and Jane. BJ and I are going out for dinner at a restaurant that takes reservations and lacks a children's menu. Then we're going to go to a movie (probably Inkheart, unless Fan Boys happens to open here by then).
We're able to sneak away for a real date every couple of months. In fact, we just went to a wedding on January 24 together, and the kids stayed with my cousin Kelly and aunt Kathryn...
Here's photographic evidence:
Look at how relaxed we are! That's what we look like when we're not chasing children. And the glow in my cheeks is what happens when I'm about four glasses deep in the Cabernet.
Life is a Cabernet, old chum. Life is a Cabernet.
Anyway... This Saturday I plan on wearing that red dress, getting deep into the Cabernet again, and feeling like a person instead of a mommy for a night. I can hardly wait!
Between now and then, though, there's a lot to do. MG is student of the day at school on Wednesday, so we have to take snack and show and tell. They have a party on Friday for Valentine's day, so we have to contribute something for that as well, and we have to make Valentines for the 16 kids in her class. I need to get to Walmart today for groceries and supplies (but Claire's still sick, so I'm not sure how we're going to pull that off). I probably also need an idea for the Valentines... Surely there will be something cute at Wally World. I need to get the application filled out for next year's preschool. I need to work Tuesday and Friday... It seems like about a million years before the weekend, with all the stuff I need to cram in.
But the anticipation is part of the fun.
I just hope this cold goes away by Saturday.
Bumpa's on his way over to watch the kids while I go to Wally World (YAY!) so that'll help with the to-do list. I need to make a quick list.
What are your plans for the week?