So last weekend was pretty darn cool.

Steve had already wanted to take a weekend for just us, before he started his job this Monday.  Not already aware of this, one of his brothers and his wife gave us this awesome gift for Christmas: gift cards to Red Lobster, movie ticket gift cards, babysitting coupons, and a gift certificate for a stay in a Hilton!

So we got to use that this past weekend.  We went on Friday, in part, because my mom is off on Fridays and was able to watch the kids to start.  She stayed with them from early afternoon and overnight and then our sister-in-law came and watched them the next morning until we got home.

We ended up not doing the movie.  Steve’s not really one for going to the movies, so choosing one was like pulling teeth then we were up in the area too late for the showing we were going to go to anyway.  He told me to take E to see The Hobbit soon instead.  E’s been begging.  Anyway, we checked in and hung around there for a bit then went to dinner a bit early.  Good decision.  By the time we got our food that place was hopping and people were starting to have very long waits.  But we sat a while and went all out, we ended up going double up on our gift cards by the time we paid a tip, haha.  But it was so stinking good.

After that, we just sort of wandered around.  We went in a lot of stores which is not something I really enjoy doing but it was tolerable without children.  No worrying about anyone possibly getting hit in the parking lot because they can’t hold my hand or listen, no complaining in the stores, no sudden trips to the bathroom, you get it.  Love those kids more than my life but a break was nice!  We even went out for ice cream!  I can’t remember the name of the place for the life of me but I’ve seen it several times, it’s a famous chain, I guess, but we’d never gone.  That’s also my last ice cream for a long time.  Back on my diet now!

It was back to the hotel after that then the next morning we had breakfast there and it was amazing.  Love getting an omelette made just for me the way I love it.  We did some more wandering around as we headed back.  We stopped at Goodwill even, and ended up scoring E a pretty large Lego set: the Millenium Falcon!  It was $100 cheaper than retail and isn’t really missing too many pieces.  He’s upset it has no little dudes in it, but I can easily remedy that and the other missing pieces by hitting bricklink.com.

We had a great time.  Though we weren’t out doing spectacular things it was just great to get away for a little bit.  Felt really refreshing.  And, yes, now Steve’s in full force at his new job.  :)