My husband and I returned from our week vacation in the Pacific Northwest late last Saturday. And, as stated in the image in my last post, it was indeed both awesome and weird.
Ways in which our vacation alone was awesome!!!
• Getting up and heading out: On our own, we were able to wake up, take a quick shower, grab a coffee and be on the city streets in under an hour. There was no packing a giant bag full of diapers, snacks, drinks, toys. No pushing a stroller up those steep Seattle hills or waiting for a toddler who wants to do everything herself. We got out the door so early most days, that by 2 or 3 in the afternoon we had been out and about for over 6 hours.
• Parents’ Choice: It was so nice being able to do the activities that my husband and I wanted to do, many of which wouldn’t have been interesting or suitable for children. We strolled through the Chihuly Garden and Glass museum without worrying about little hands grabbing anything, embarked on a two-hour guided walking tour of Portland, and spent a long Sunday afternoon at a local beer festival.
• Afternoon rest time: Since we were able to pack so much activity into the early part of the day, we looked forward to heading back to our condo (rented through Airbnb which I highly recommend) before dinner. It was during these afternoon siestas that I read in its entirety my FIRST book since my daughter was born nearly two years ago. I am embarrassed that it has taken me this long to do, but at home the only time I have to read is at night and I am just too tired to focus.
• Adult meals and beverages: Beers with lunch? Why yes, I think we will. Hour wait for a table? No worries, we will hang out at the bar. Chef’s table seating at the counter? Sounds great! No kids menu? No problem! Our vacation was full of meals eaten at a leisurely pace that I could actually taste, instead of choking down to tend to someone else. Enough said.