Jo-Lynne at Musings of a Housewife is having another What I Learned this Week Carnival. Join the FUN!
Here’s what I learned…
That I truly value quality time with my husband.
So often the stress of life, parenting, home-ownership and work can consume not only my week but my weekends too. With TK4 and I both working full time, parenting, keeping a house, TK4 being in grad school, and trying to be a good, faithful friend, sibling and child, often our weekends are as crazy as our weeks and by the end, I realize that TK4 and I have not spent any quality time together. Last weekend, we spent some good, quality time together and it was wonderful.
On Friday night, TK4 gave Aubryn a bath and put her to bed while I cleaned up the kitchen. After Aubryn was down, TK4 and I “rented” a movie on demand, opened a bottle of wine and made popcorn. We didn’t worry about laundry or cleaning, we turned off the computers and put our blackberries away and just spent some time together. It was so wonderful that we did it again on Saturday with a different movie.
When we were dating, we were both poor (I was in law school and TK4 had just bought his first house). We spent many Friday and Saturday nights renting movies or making dinner instead of going out. It was laid back and wonderful. Over time, other responsibilities have crept up and left us both exhausted come Friday night. My recent pattern has been to go to bed early on Friday nights as a result of my sheer exhaustion from the week. I realized this week how much I have missed spending that time alone with TK4.
I know that it will be hard replicate every Friday night but I am hoping that sooner rather than later, TK4 and I can have another laid back Friday movie night and spend some time just being us.
(Okay, and in looking at this picture, I realized something else that I learned this week – I am looking OLD. This picture is circa 2006. Having a child really does age you! Sheesh!)