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First Time Away From Home

Monday, August 4, 2008
We all had a first experience this weekend... the kids stayed away from home, giving us an opportunity to rebuild our back deck (the railings were completely coming off because of the overly unintelligent man that lived here before us). I was genuinely grateful for our parents taking the kids. It was a much-needed opportunity to fix the deck and a much-needed moment for me and Brad to hang out together.

The kids went to my mom's and dad's on Friday night to stay and then went to Brad's mom's to stay on Saturday night. It was a great experience for me, Brad, and both kids. None of us seemed to grow very homesick for each other... I think Bailey would have even been happy to stay a little longer (Jake was ready to come home though - he clung to me all day on Sunday, afraid I was going out of the room without him). We'll see if the grandparents are as eager to spend a weekend with them again... from what I hear, they stayed up late both nights and were up at about 5:30 each morning. :)

Bailey came home telling me all about her time at Mimi and Poppa's. She had a wonderful conversation at the park with a little boy, in which he was telling her that his dad had just got a new job and was going to make lots of money. Bailey responded that her daddy didn't have a good job, but that her mommy had a good job. I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I heard her expert opinion. For those of you who don't know, Brad's salary nearly doubles mine. But, in her defense, my job allows me to be home with her more than Brad's job does, making her think that my job is obviously better. Too much for a three-year old to be concerned with, don't you think?

She also came home telling me about the great time that she had at her Mamaw's, riding the riding lawnmower (the blade was not on), swimming in her baby pool, and chasing the cat. She also made sure to tell me that her new friend, James, has a motorcycle. She was totally impressed. :)

Brad and I also had a good time without the kids. We rented a movie on Friday night and I spent most of the evening crying. No, not over missing the kids... we watched "P.S. I Love You," which is now officially the second saddest movie I've ever seen (Million Dollar Baby being the first). Brad was even choked up for most of the evening. It was just so freaking sad, but so good too. If something ever happens to Brad, expect me to act just like she does in the movie (should you ever watch it). We spent most of Saturday and Sunday working, but enjoyed dinner at the Outback on Saturday night, and actually went to the movies and watched "Dark Knight." It was great! Believe it or not, this was the first time we have gone to the movies in Lexington since we have lived here!!! THREE YEARS! We have gone to I think 4 movies since Bailey has been born, but all have been in Ashland or Huntington so that grandparents can babysit. We seriously need to get lives outside of the kids, but you know... that just comes with the territory. We wouldn't trade it for all the movies in the world. :) But, I have to emphasize that we really enjoyed the break. Thank you to Mimi, Poppa, Colt, Cory, Angela, Mamaw Kathy, and James. We really appreciate the help this weekend.