Saturday, January 20, 2007

Our First Big Outing Without the Kiddos

Despite our less than successful trip to the local Brigantine restaurant last week, we headed out to Las Vegas this weekend-- sans kids. I planned the trip a while ago. I wrote about it cheerily on this blog (I realize I could refer you to this post, but I'm too lazy to look through my own archives, and I certainly don't expect you to). We spent our time with two couples-- one of which is adopting a baby girl from China through the CCAI, our agency. Their Log-In-Date was less than 6 months after ours, and they have already passed their one-year-0f-waiting mark and are looking forward to another 6 months or so of waiting.

We had a terrific time with both couples-- and I'll post more about the trip (complete with photos) later, but I'm tired now and I just wanted to let you know how Casey and Marcie did without us.

We left town late on Thursday night (our flight was around 9pm) and returned this afternoon, just in time to pick up the kids after their afternoon nap. We called Friday evening, just around dinner time to check in with the kids. Here is how our conversation went:

Me: Hi Marcie. Are you being a good girl for Grandma? Mommy and Daddy miss you so much, but we'll be home tomorrow.

Marcie: UH. (that's a grunt of some kind.) Followed by a bunch of static that was probably Marcie chewing on the phone receiver.

Jason: Sweetheart, are you still there? Daddy and Mommy love you!

Marcie: Uh. (another grunt.) Followed by a series of beeps in our ear that told us Marcie had hit the re-dial button.

Grandma: Want me to get Casey for you? He just finished taking a shower.

Jason: That'd be great.

In the background: Caaaaaaa-seeeey. Mommy and Daddy are on the phone for you. She said something in Cantonese that I didn't understand, but I'm sure Casey did-- and I'm pretty sure it was to come talk to me on the phone. Then: Casey, come say hi to your Mommy and Daddy.

Casey (still in the background): No. Don't want Mommy and Daddy.

Grandma (still in the background): Come on Casey. Your Mommy and Daddy want to talk to you.

Casey (still in the background): No. No no no no. (And then we could hear him running around.)

Us: It's okay. Sounds like he's having fun. We'll just talk to him tomorrow.

So they didn't really miss us. Which is actually kind of a relief. Marcie clung to Grandma like super glue most of the time we were away, but she felt safe and that's what matters most. And they were super-excited to see us when we rang the doorbell to pick them up. We could hear Casey yelling, "Mommy and Daddy are here! Grandma and Grandpa! It's Mommy and Daddy!" It's always nice to feel loved.

It was a good length of time for us to be gone and alone. We haven't actually been on any dates (other than that one last week) at night because we've been so militant about keeping the kids on our bedtime routine. So it was nice to spend some time, just the two of us. Of course, we talked about the kids the whole time we were gone. But it was still nice.

And yes. We know how lucky we are to have Jason's parents nearby, responsible, and willing (and actually wanting) to watch our kids.

I'll post some blog-appropriate Vegas photos soon. And Mom, if you're reading this-- you can look forward to one of me and Dad (who happened to be in Vegas this morning for work and we talked him into joining us for brunch).

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