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Anniversary Getaway

My husband and I have been married for six years as of a couple weeks ago, so to celebrate, we decided we were going to do something we hadn't done since we had kids—go away for the night! Now before you scold me for being a horrible wife, we do try to meet for lunch during the week, and we always make sure to take time for ourselves once the boys are in bed and I think those are good things.

We spent a total of about 20 hours away, and it was fantastic. We started out with pedicures. Yes, I talked my husband into getting a pedicure. He loved it. Then we went just down the highway to the Delafield Hotel. If you haven't been to this magnificent place, you're missing out. And if it had been a nice night, we would've walked to one of our favorite restaurants just down the road, Zin. (We drove, because that weekend, we had SNOW.)

Marc surprised me halfway through dinner when one of my college roommates and her husband met up with us. It was a night of talking like adults, laughing, a few cocktails, and memories to last forever. So yes, I know, it was way too long since the last time we did anything like that. It felt great.

It's hard when you're a mom to realize that sometimes getting away from it all and taking time for yourself, or with your significant other, actually makes you a better mom. It was exciting to see my boys and hear their stories about their sleepover with Grandma and Grandpa. I felt refueled and ready to hit the ground running. I remembered how hot my husband is. It was fun to get dressed up. I loved being able to start and finish a conversation without any interruptions.

When all is said is done, my heart is fullest when I'm with my family. But time away is definitely important. I'm learning that.
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Hiya, Maya

I'm an auntie again! Five times I've been able to look at the gorgeous, brand-new face of my niece or nephew and I am so humbled by even the thought of it. This time around, Ms. Maya Evelyn, all 8 lbs., 6 oz. and 21 inches of her, has made her grand entrance into this world, and upon her first breath is more loved than I could ever dream of putting into words. Her middle name makes my 95-year-old grandma a namesake. Although they're yet to meet, I can guarantee tears from this proud auntie.

Maya is a laid-back complete sweetheart, and Ella and Carter are fabulous older siblings. Sometimes there are occurrences in your life that can be described by details, but to put emotions into writing seems almost trivial. This is indeed one of those times. Welcome sweet baby girl! Life is good.
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