This past weekend, Chris and I went away with friends to Indianapolis. It was great to have some time with just the "grown-ups." It was great to take a trip where I was able to:
- sleep in
- not have to visit a children's museum
- only have to cut up my own meat at the table
- only visit the restroom when I needed to go
- have a conversation with adults without being interrupted every 30 seconds
- try on clothes in a dressing room without two other people being present who are making crazy faces in the mirror and fighting to sit on the little seat with each other
- visit a local artisan's fair without having to worry about my little whirling dervish taking out half the display
Of course, I was very happy to be back with my kiddos last night, and I could tell that even though they very much enjoyed their weekend at Grandma & Papa's house, they too were very happy to be back home with us. We collected them right after supper last night, and they were pretty tired. After baths and books, they were more than ready for bed.
Whatever lingering separation I felt from shifting from "grownup" to "mommy" came to a screeching halt this morning. I went into both of the kids' rooms to wake them up and get them stirring. Maggie made it up and to the toilet first, leaving Aleita bouncing around the bathroom, holding her bottom, telling her to "hurry up and get off the potty before the pee comes out!" I left them to it and went downstairs to make myself a cup of hot tea. Within two minutes, Aleita had joined me in kitchen, saying to me, "Guess what I'm missing!"
"Your tooth?" I asked.
"Nope." she replied with a grin.
"A holder from one of your braids?"
Again, she answered, "No!" with a silly smile on her face.
"I give up," I said to her.
With that, she lifted up her nightgown over her head and yelled, "UNDERPANTS!!" and then laughed like a fiend.
"Maggie took too long on the potty," she began to explain as she lowered her nightgown back down so I could again see her face.
With a sigh (anticipating cleaning up a mess) I asked, "Did you pee your pants?"
"No!" she said indignantly. "I just dribbled a little bit."
With that, she headed back up the stairs, all the while singing into her new light-up Hannah Montana sing-a-long microphone that she brought home from her grandparent's house this weekend.
Ah yes - - definitely back in the mommy role.