Jon and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary over the weekend while Bastian and Aleks had their very first overnight at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Aleks had actually stayed once before while we went to a wedding with Baby Bastian in tow, but we had never had a night away from the both of them. It was the first time as parents that we were alone, without kids, together. It was not at all weird for anyone.
Everyone had a great time - Jon and I at a schmancy hotel eating super expensive and delicious food, and the kids at "the farm" (as Jon calls it though it's not quite five acres), playing Scrabble Jr. with Grandma Cat, Grandpa Jim, Papa Logan, and Aunt Natty.
We stayed in a hotel our friend Chris works at on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati. Cincy isn't exactly the romantic destination I'd imagine, but we got a deal and it's close (and the grandparents are on the way, handy for the depositing of small children).
There were champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries awaiting us in our room. This is way fancier than I am accustomed to.
We also briefly visited Kentucky, looking to see a movie (and finding there were none worth seeing) and instead enjoying some Irish beer in the mid-afternoon without feeling at all guilty. The real luxury of the whole trip was the absence of pressure to do all the things we must normally do: dishes and laundry and the wiping of noses and tables and bottoms...
When we came back on Sunday to collect the kidlets, we spent some time in the big yard raking leaves into nice big piles for jumping.
Aleks deep in the pile.
Aleks deeper in the pile.
Aleks gone! Showered by an avalanche of leaves!
The video is the best...