let's hope it doesn't take another 19 months to do it again
The people in our lives have been so good to us. Friday was a sad day, James was working late, but our friends had us over for a play date and then took Gracie and me out to dinner. We had plans to go to the zoo after, but it was past G's bedtime and she was starting to melt down. Then the stars and babysitters aligned on Saturday, because James and I FINALLY went out on a date. The first one since Gracie was born. The last time the two of us were in a car with an empty carseat was when Gracie was 5 days old, and he was driving me back to the hospital because I was in so much pain. I may or may not have purposely planned this date on the opposite side of town as the hospital.
We went to a craft beer and burger place for dinner. We went when I was pregnant, but half the menu had something pregnant women can't eat, so we had to go back when all bets were off. I had a burger smeared with brie and date chutney and there wasn't a highchair next to me. It was BLISS. We walked to the movie theater after dinner. Everything was decked out for Christmas. The trees and buildings were covered in lights, Christmas music was playing, and IT WAS SNOWING. The first snowfall of the year. I almost cried I was so happy. I skipped through the snow, declaring it to be magical, and making everyone around me roll their eyes. It could not have been a more perfect evening, and I don't know the last time things have gone so right.
We shared a cherry coke and saw Hacksaw Ridge. It's been a couple days and I can't stop thinking about it. BEST WAR MOVIE EVER MADE. It was violent and gory which I didn't like, but the story was so powerful I'll never forget it. We sat in our chairs, completely stunned, once the credits were rolling. We talked about it all evening and all day yesterday. Go see it immediately. I'm already dying to see it again.
My best friend and her husband drove up to watch Gracie for the evening. By the time we got home, she was sound asleep in her crib. They did an amazing job with her, as I knew they would, and we are eternally grateful. Joellen knew I would love Hacksaw Ridge and made sure James and I could go see it. Not only did they drive an hour to babysit, but she brought me a stack of books to read and a toy for Gracie. When we got home, they were full of stories of how much pizza Gracie ate (I'm so proud), and how she told them she was ready for bed and then told them "bye!" when they put her in her crib and didn't immediately leave the room. She kills me. Once they left, Kelsey facetimed me from an Avett Brothers concert during one of our favorite songs. The only thing better would have been if I could've airdropped myself at the concert.
Gracie did fantastic, but the cat was not thrilled with the fact that we left her with a babysitter too. She woke us up all night meowing, and her final jab was to wake the baby at 5:30 am, which meant we were all up at 5:30. On the bright side, James made us a huge stack of pancakes by 7. I finally got my pancakes! And they were everything I had been waiting for. So much redemption in one weekend. The cat, on the other hand, has been on a hunger strike.
All weekend long I've been thinking about that movie and how brave those men were/are. I don't want to know what I would do on the front lines of war. It wouldn't be good. And then I tripped while walking into the bathroom and fell on the floor crying. So yeah, I wouldn't do so well in war.