Leaving the Kids is Tough, but Necessary
When I got off the phone, he asked, “Mommy, don’t you love us anymore?”
“What?” I asked thrown by the question.
“You said you couldn’t wait to leave,” he said, blinking back tears.
“Of course, I love you,” I assured him. “But Mommy and Daddy need some couple time.”
I’m not surprised he didn’t understand. For years I didn’t either.
Whenever Fred proposed us taking a trip without the kids, I was never game. I always had an excuse. As long as we had date nights, I would argue, that was enough. I had no idea what I was missing until last year when Fred finally succeeded in dragging me to Dallas for two nights.
The whole way there I was dogged by what ifs: what if the toddler missed me, what if the kids couldn’t sleep, what if they got sick? The reality is some of that did happen (they did miss me and they didn’t sleep great while we were gone). But more important was what happened between hubby and me. We got to spend two whole days and nights devoted to each other.
Let me just say, we almost didn’t come home.
This year we couldn’t wait to celebrate our anniversary with another trip sans kiddos. We left the laptops at home and spent three nights in Vegas, but the truth is it didn’t matter where we went as long as we were together (In fact, next year we may stay home and just send the kids to their grandparents for a few days).
I’m so thankful that I finally realized that Fred and I need some uninterrupted time together to maintain and reinvigorate the connection between us. I just hope that one day when my kids are finally married with children of their own that they finally get why Mommy and Daddy need to get away.
Reconnecting with a Romantic Rendezvous
When you’ve been married as long as we have, it’s easy to get into a rut. Between raising three kids, managing the household, and keeping other social commitments there is often little time left for quiet intimate moments.
To battle the monotony and rekindle our romantic flames, Kim and I began scheduling at least two getaways each year (in addition to our periodic dates) – one in the spring and one in the fall.
Our spring trip is typically the same each year. We book a hotel in downtown Houston for the weekend and emerge only to eat dinner, attend a Houston Rockets basketball game, and take stroll through the park.
Last year we added the fall trip and it was the first time we ventured outside of our hometown. We had some initial trepidation about leaving the kids with a sitter for the whole weekend. Although we were only 200 miles away, it took a full day for us to really relax and enjoy each other’s company without worrying about the children. By Sunday afternoon, we wondered where the time had gone and wished that our romantic rendezvous could last forever.
This year we upped the ante and took a trip to Las Vegas. Thankfully, my parents were able to stay at our house to watch the kids so we could enjoy ourselves with no worries.
I recommend that all couples find a way to spend time alone. Sometimes a candlelit meal in the living room after the kids are asleep is all it takes to rekindle the fire.
Question: What are some ways that you reconnect with your spouse?