I'll tell you what does seem to make a week go fast... that running group I joined. I have a love/hate relationship with running and the running group. I don't love running. I love when I run, but I don't look forward to it. With the running group it's the same. I really enjoy it when I'm there, and I'm glad I went when I get home and I'm still hopped up on the post-workout brain chemicals. But my dislike of running means that Running Group Thursday sneaks up so fast every week! I'm terrible about making time to run in between Thursdays so by the time I start thinking, "I should really get another run in before..." it's Thursday again. So fast.
I'm also in a mild state of shock at the fact that tomorrow is October 1st. Last October we had a tiny little 6 month old baby and were awaiting the arrival of two little nephews who are now about to turn 1. Where did that year go? How is it time to go back to the pumpkin patch for more kill-me-with-cuteness pictures? (Oh, and pumpkins. We go there for those too.)
This October is another exciting one for us. We are not only awaiting yet another nephew (different parents than either of the two born last year!), but we are celebrating J's 30th birthday with an unprecedented 4-day trip to New York!
New York City is one of our favorite destinations ever. It's such a fun city full of so many things to see and do. We have been making several day-trips per year since we started dating. Last year we did a one-night weekend stay, and this year we will be there for an extra-long weekend (Thursday-Sunday). We've never had so much time to spend in the city, so we're just giddy over all the things we're going to have time to do. It's slightly more challenging to hit the city with a toddler, but we're planning fun stops for her too. I'm not going to lie, I will be pretending that we are residents for the weekend (though our Chicco umbrella stroller will give us away, ha, since all moms in Manhattan have Maclarens or Peg Peregos, or brands so expensive I've never even heard of them). I would love to live in Manhattan... maybe a cute place in Greenwich or Chelsea, or a high-rise on the Upper West Side with views of Central Park. I love the energy and the culture there. Anyway, for this trip we're staying just a few blocks south of Central Park and north of mid-town/Times Square. Across the street is a French cafe at which I'm looking forward to eating breakfast... maybe every day. Some of our activities include a show- Book of Mormon for my hubby, the "Tour de Lower Manhattan" including the new 9/11 memorial, Sesame Workshop, dinner at our favorite brewery, and some play time in Central Park. We still have some time that is unplanned which we will probably just wing based on things like weather/how we're feeling. For the first time we'll actually have some flexibility in our activities if there is bad weather since we'll be in town for more than 12 hours. I'm so excited just telling you about it!
I guess last but not least for this October is the fact that I am quitting my babysitting job. Remember all that talk back in the beginning about how it was a tough adjustment spending less time focused on my baby? Well that has stuck with me, and as she gets bigger I have even stronger feelings about being able to take her places and do things with her besides sitting in our house all day. We take walks, but I'm talking about playdates with friends, story time at the library, visiting the zoo and aquariums, etc. I could technically do those things with both babies, but I don't want to. It will be more of a hassle and I have two babies' eating and sleeping schedules to work around, not to mention being home in time for my nephew to be picked up. We are also talking about planning for the next baby as C gets older and I feel a strong need to spend time with her as an only child while she is one. I don't want to look back and wish I had been able to do more with her when I had the chance, or heck, not really remember what she was like at this age because my day was so busy with feedings and diaper changes. Sometimes I seriously feel like that's all we do. There are days we don't have time to take a walk if we wanted to because someone needs to eat or be changed, and by the time everyone has pooped it's time to start eating again. So, all that being said, I am no longer babysitting as of the end of October. I'm looking forward to a little more freedom to go and do when it's just me and C during the days. Honestly, having my days free means I will just have more time for everything. I can't help but be excited about that.
So, before it's over... what are you doing this October?