This is the type of thing you look forward to as a parent.
1. Chase and I took vacation together during the week
Chase and I never do date night. Date night is expensive. You have to line up a baby sitter, pay for whatever event or activity you’ve decided to do together, and put on clothes that are socially acceptable to wear in public. Screw date night.
Taking a paid vacation day together while the kids are in school/at their regular daycare is much, much, better. Chase and I took two days off this week just to hang out together. We shopped at Value Village. We watched TV. We went out for lunch. It was nice and relaxed.
As a childless individual, I might have considered this a waste of vacation days. As a parent, doing absolutely nothing with my significant other is nothing short of heaven.
2. My 3 year-old discovered Family Guy
I spent an entire hour watching Family Guy clips on YouTube with Butterbean, who recently decided that she LOVES that show. I have no regrets. Will my 3 year-old become warped because I let her watch an adult cartoon rife with rape jokes? Maybe. Did I spend some quality time with my child and avoid watching horrible children shows like Dora and Max and Ruby? You’re damn straight I did. It was awesome.
3. I found Robin in the Rain
My daughter learned this song, Robin in the Rain, in kindergarten, and even though I’d never heard the original – just the Bean’s tuneless rendition with only half the words -it’s been stuck in my head for weeks. I finally YouTubed it this morning, and it turns out that it’s a pretty awesome Raffi song (I mean, awesome for a kids song. I don’t mean to mislead you here. You’re not going to want to rock out to it or anything). I actually cheered when I found the video and Butterbean did a jig.