Today it’s Juan’s birthday and it’s also Valentine’s weekend, so it was a perfect reason to get away–without the kids. We used to do this a lot more when our shared custody schedule permitted a weekend without kids, and before Diego was born. Lately, the kids’ schedules have prevented us from getting away. Last year, Juan and I were only to get away for a single night’s escape all year. Boo hoo. I know that this sounds like a first world problem, and many families don’t have the luxury of being able to get away at all, so I apologize if my complaints really sound self-indulgent, but for me, getting away with my husband without the kids is really important.
Dedicating time to each other, without the kids around, in my opinion, is one of the best things we can do for our kids. A good relationship between parents, contributes to a stable, happy home. My older kids have already lived through divorce and I know I don’t want them to have to experience it again. Not that Juan’s or my previous marriages ended because there were no getaway weekends without the kids, but for Juan and I, in our marriage, the occasional weekend away helps us to re-connect and re-charge. We get the chance to enjoy each other’s company, relax and take us away from our normal weekend routine, all of which can be wonderful, but also exhausting.
This weekend we got away to an adult locale–Las Vegas. I have been here several times before. It is only a 4-5 hour drive from my hometown, so getting here is fairly easy. We even brought the family here a couple of times and really enjoyed it. Vegas is still pretty much an adult playground, but there are a number of family friendly sights and shows. In past summer visits with the kids we spend days by the pool and evenings taking in a show or walking to see the hotels and sights. This weekend, however, Juan and I are enjoying the very adult offerrings. We are not real gamblers, but the shows, shopping, restaurants and bars give us more than enough ways for this town to take our money!
I can’t believe this place? Doesn’t anyone know there’s a recession? Well, Juan and I do, so even though we are here on a very indulgent getaway, we are still trying to economize where we can. I’ll write more about that in my next post. Right now, I am walking to Walgreens’ to check out the wine selection. (The bar at our hotel is charging me $15.00 a glass!) Then, we’ll have our own happy hour, take a nap, and head to a restaurant for a celebratory birthday dinner.