Mike and I don't get away, just the two of us, very often. In fact, we haven't been away from Keira for more than a night EVER. Usually one of us is with her, but never the both of us. My first time away from Keira was when I had my surgery and had to stay in the hospital for the weekend. What can I say, I guess I love my kid THAT much.
But lately, Keira has been pretty keen on spending the night with her cousins. Just mention the phrase and she is all for it. There's no hesitation on her part to spend the night at grandma's, especially if her cousins will be there too. This makes it easier on Mike and I to leave her behind, because we know that she actually enjoys it, and will be okay.
For my birthday last month, Mike and I had our first adult-only getaway to Las Vegas. I bought tickets to see Boyz II Men at the Mirage, and Mike's parents nicely agreed to take Keira for the weekend. Jacob and Matthew (they're the same age as Keira) would be staying for the weekend too, so we knew she would be happy. I did worry for Mike's parents' sanity, being left with 3-5 year olds is not an easy task.
(I learned how to eat sunflower seeds on the way to Vegas, without involving my hands.)
We left Mike's parents' house Friday morning (we spent the night to make things easier) and got to Las Vegas around lunch time. We did some shopping before checking into the Venetian, our home for 3 days. Mike found a really good deal, and it was right across the street from the Mirage, so we didn't have to walk far for the concert.
We were upgraded to a higher floor and a room with a view (throw in the fact that it was my birthday and the upgrade was free!), which was pretty spacious. There were two televisions, so we could've each had our own.
We had dinner that night with Teri and Reggie at Trattoria Nakamura-ya, an Italian Japanese place. It was their 2-year anniversary, so we took advantage of their half-off special and ordered squid ink spaghetti and uni pasta.
The next day we didn't do much. It's weird when you are kid-free and don't know what to do to keep yourself occupied. I can't even remember what we did that day, but I do know I took a nap on the couch. I don't know if it's my age, but being a couch potato instead of walking the Strip just sound more appealing.
The concert was Saturday night and it was Mike's first time going to a concert. I wasn't sure if he was going to like Boyz II Men, heck I didn't even know if he knew any of their songs! I grew up a kid of the 90's and listened to a lot of the boy bands back then, so I knew what I was getting myself into. Plus, I had seen them twice over the summer, when they toured with New Kids on the Block.
To say it best, they were awesome. They're voices were so smooth, they definitely still have it. And what made it even better, Mike enjoyed the show too. He didn't realize that the group sang some of the songs he heard, yet remembered others from way back when. I think Mike's first concert experience was a success!
It was a nice weekend away, and by the second night I didn't worry so much about how Keira was doing. Granted we were only away 2 nights, but still. We headed home on Sunday and it seemed she had a good time. She ate her meals, didn't take any naps but slept good at night, and did have an accident on my mother-in-law's floor because she was too busy playing. And my in-laws survived the weekend too.
Looking forward to doing it all over again...