I am one lucky momma. This weekend I had the luxury of taking Katharine (my now 5 3/4 year old – that 3/4 is very important to her) for her first girls weekend. I was coming off a very busy week at work (fall budgeting, executive retreat in Southern Utah). The prompting of the girls weekend location (Seattle) was because I had a business committment there on Friday morning. A few weeks ago, as we were planning for this busy week, I was lamenting being gone out of town from Jon and the kids for 4 of the 5 weeknights. So, we decided it was a great time for the first of what will hopefully be many girls weekends (and boys weekends with Matthew and Jon) so Katharine joined me on my business trip. Given the Seattle destination (Hilary – my sister – and her family live there), it also gave us a great excuse to see them and let our three girls play together.
As the week progressed, and I arrived home from my first business trip to the Executive Retreat at 8pm on Wednesday night having worked about 40-45 hours in three days, I was lamenting leaving again on Thursday even though it was both a work and fun trip. I was just tired. I unpacked and repacked that evening, snuggled Matthew and crashed, trying to keep the faith that I could do it.
So, Thursday at work, Jon brought Katharine down to drop her off and we headed to the airport. My energy had picked up, and seeing her excitement helped me over the hump to leave again. The smile on her face when she come running into my office and how tightly she held my hand as we walked through the airport will be two memories that I will never forget.
After I got through my work commitment on Friday morning, I met Hilary and Katharine for a lunch date and we took on the town. Katharine had three things on her list: 1) Put her gum on the gum wall in Seattle; 2) See the fish fly at Pike’s Place Market; and 3) Get her nails done. Despite only an afternoon, we did it. On my list: A nap. I didn’t get to mine, but the excitement of seeing Katharine take in the sites, sounds and smells of the city for the first time made it worth it.
As we bombed around Seattle, I got lots of “I love you” squeezes on my hand and heard a lot of singing out of Katharine (she sings when she is happy). And, I forgot that I was tired. Life is busy, and often times the whirwind makes me not live in each moment. On what was my most tiring work weeks in awhile, I am so happy that I didn’t allow being tired to take away from this priceless time with my little one. Cheers to many more girls weekends little K.