It's amazing how just 2.5 hours of time can make a difference. This afternoon, all three kids went to gym class and I had an hour basically to myself...well, I visited with a couple of other moms, but that's also pretty nice!
Then, tonight, all three kids started a Wednesday evening church program and Geoff and I had 1.5 hours to ourselves. I think our faces lit up a little when we realized that we actually had a mini date night opportunity. After dropping the kids off, we took ourselves out for one of my favourite dinners out (an amazing Thai chicken salad) and we just sat and talked...mostly about non-kid stuff. It really was lovely.
It was a relief, too, because today was another rough day. My boys made some pretty interesting choices today: picking through (and, apparently accidentally, dumping onto the floor) the kitchen garbage can and handling the leftover raw chicken packages from last night's dinner that I'd buried into the garbage container; wrestling each other to the point of pain, even after I asked them a few times to stop, and resulting in Matthew's glasses being stomped on and getting bent to the point where we'll need to make a trip downtown to get them repaired; Seth telling me that he had cleaned up the frisbees and hockey sticks and skipping ropes from the front yard when, in fact, he had not and they were, in fact, strewn all over the street in front of the house (he later admitted he hadn't told the truth because he was cold and wanted to come in); and, in a culminating act, throwing stones (a big no-no in our house) at the house windows and breaking a kitchen window. There were multiple other incidences that also challenged my patience, but these were the ones that really tested me today. The good news is that the boys really got along well today and spent lots of time playing in harmony; the bad news is that the boys really got along well today and spent lots of time creating havoc in harmony.
Thus, I really, really enjoyed, the bit of time with Geoff tonight. We really don't get many opportunities to be out together (without the kids) and it's nice to know that when we do, we still have lots to talk about and things to enjoy about the other. It also provided me with a little time to process the events of the day and gain a little perspective. All around, those 2.5 hours were so helpful today.
I was thrilled that the kids enjoyed their evening. Geoff and I are secretly hoping that things continue to go well because it just might mean that we have a regular date-night opportunity on Wednesdays. I could get used to that!