Thursday, November 25, 2010

Changes With Kids

I know everyone has said this before, maybe including me, but life really does change completely when you have kids. It's not just the expenses, the diapers, and the mini-van. Your mobility will seriously go down when you always have rug rats in tow. Life is never predictable, but it becomes even less predictable when a 2-year old enters the scene. You were going to finish your portfolio, or put together a stellar presentation for your new client, but now you're scrubbing peanut butter off of your bathroom walls, and marveling at your young wonder's lock picking skills. Your productive morning is out the window, and suddenly your romantic evening has been commandeered by work.

I mention this because I've been talking to my sister, and she told me the most adorable thing her husband did for her on their last holiday. There was no way they were going to make it out of town for a proper getaway, so he surprised her with a fabulous catered dinner, silly decorations, and a babysitter to take care of the kids only one floor down. They played poker at an , using some cash he'd been secretly saving up behind her back. She told that the thoughtfulness of the gesture made it far more romantic than a trip to Las Vegas.

I'm sure there are other kinds of semi-vacations like this. It's an adorable idea, and it seems like exactly the sort of thing that really works to keep the romance alive when you just don't have the resources to be romantic in the usual ways. Of course, it isn't just fun for the grownups; the kids get a kick out of their night with pizza and sleeping bags as well.

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