This past weekend I had some good old-fashioned no baby fun. Of course I love Ella B and the time I spend alone with her and the time we spend together with Michael, but often mothers forget how important it is to nurture other, non-mom parts of themselves as well.
Enter my good friends Amy and Alex, two non-moms who know how to have a great time. On Friday, Ella went to school and Alex, Amy, Bowie the beagle, and I hiked up to a hidden little gem of a spot on the edge of Bethany. It’s not an easy hike, but well worth the effort. From the top, we could see all of Bethany, Woodbridge, and all the way to the water in New Haven. It is one of the most spectacular views around and a really quiet, peaceful place to relax with a couple of really awesome girls. I didn’t take any pictures all weekend, as I was too busy having fun, but I do wish that I had snagged a shot of this view for you all. We hung out on the mountain for a while and then headed over to Delaney’s for a nice lunch on the patio.
That night, I joined Alex, her sister Betsy, and Alex’s friend Nikki for a girl’s night out on the town, something I haven’t done in a very long time. We partied well into the wee hours of the morning and I saw numbers on the clock that I hadn’t seen since I had a newborn. The next day, Michael and I headed up to New Hartford for a canoeing expedition down the Farmington River with Amy, her husband Mike, and several of their friends for Mike’s birthday. I was a little nervous about the whole canoe thing, (and let’s be honest- a little hung over) but since this is the summer of doing fun stuff, I figured that Operation: Awesome Summer applies to me as well as Beezer. As I turns out, I kill at canoeing and Michael and I are actually a good little team. He was actually quite impressed with my canoeing abilities and we were one of the few boats that didn’t flip over. We gave each other a little high five at the end. We called home to find that Beezer was already asleep and figured that we mine as well go out to dinner. About two minutes later, I passed out in the car, so my darling husband decided to just bring me home and tuck me into bed. Not before we ate Chinese food with my parents, of course.
Today we are just playing it low key, doing some gardening and playing with the Beeze. Tonight we’ll eat leftover Chinese and watch a few episodes of True Blood. Not a bad weekend, if I do say so myself.
Thanks to my husband for being so awesome and encouraging me to go out and have some fun, and thanks to Alex, Amy, Betsy, and Nikki for being such rock star ladies.
PS- Hi to Arell and Easton, my blog buddies who I finally got to meet face to face! A beautiful pregnant mama and one gorgeous little kiddo.