I adore my kids, do not get me wrong. I love them with a full heart and intense pride. But there was an US before there was a THEM. There is only a THEM because of the US. It was our love that brought them into this world... and it is our love that sustains the family. I have to believe that modelling a good strong, healthy relationship is a great gift we can give our kids. So we are careful, my husband and I, to set aside time for just US. Luckily, both sets of our parents feel the same way, and are more than happy to occasionally take the kids to give us this time together. It is never taken for granted... it is always a BIG treat.
You see, our getaway treat destination was Canberra, about 2 hours drive away. I love Canberra, because living in a little country town, the cultural and retail delights alone of Canberra make me giddy. Bring on the movies! The Cafe's! The restaurants! The galleries and museums! The shopping malls! Bring on the motel and the buffet breakfast! Bring on the sleeping in! Oh YEAH BABY!
Next morning... was the buffet breakfast(chocolate filled pastries... so naughty). Then... off for retail therapy!!! Once again, I urge you people who live in major cities to appreciate the choices you have. In my town, we have Target... and a few independent shops. So to go to the HUGE DFO centre out near Fyshwick... is really and truly a treat. Oh, I sound so materialistic! Oh well... perhaps I am.
A quick bite of yummy Mexican for lunch,(SQUEEE!)... but sadly... no Doc boots in my size or colour anywhere. I felt I could overcome this sadness, this hole in my retail heart... if there was caffeine, and gardens to ease the pain. So, ensuring my happiness (and thus his) we drove to the Canberra Botanic Gardens on Black Mountain. And there, amongst the rainforest gully, eucalyptus lawn, red desert garden and stunning banksia ericifolias, with our hands intertwined, sun setting, lorikeets and kookaburras in the trees... my heart was filled with a sense of contentment again (and the promise of ordering Doc boots on-line when we got home may have helped too).
That night the treats continued. Yes, completely spoiling ourselves, we went out for Thai,(oh thank you red curry god and The 3 Mother's Thai)and went to another movie (via the Sugar Station where we loaded up on sugary sweeties and treaties). Gosh, all this shopping and city stuff, these gardens and driving, and sleeping and spending money... is exhausting! Home/motel to bed, after a nice cuppa. Last of the all night ragers!
On the way home, excited about seeing the kids again in me, there is a stunning sunset, and I cannot resist the temptation to pull over and take some photos. Another treat. Another thing to be grateful for. Another bit of loveliness not to be taken for granted.
(And a quick P.S... you know all those word in red... they are to click onto, they are links..but you probably knew that!)