Monday, March 31, 2008

Out Like a Lion

Old Man Winter decided to give Minnesota one last punch. Yesterday we recorded our highest temperature of 2008 -- a whopping 52 degrees. And today, no doubt, we will record our largest snowfall of 2008. A bit of irony in this crazy weather region we live in.

But oddly enough my spirits are still high. Maybe it's because of the plethora of items I have to cross of my to-do list. Too much to be done indoors to even think about enjoying any sunshine. Or more likely it's because Mama Nash's forecast says I'll be experiencing a high of 72 degrees with a 0% chance of having to change a poopy diaper as early as Wednesday.

That's right, folks. I'm heading out to the lovely Las Vegas on Wednesday morning. It will be my third time in Sin City. My mom and sister will be accompanying me and I'm almost more excited for them than I am for myself as it will be their first trip to this famous American city.

William will also be on vacation. His destination of choice? Eau Claire, Wisconsin with Nana and Papa Nash. I will be away from William for 4 nights and 4 days; the longest ever. And I think I'm experiencing the same emotions any mother of any-aged children will have. I'm very excited to get away from the monotony of everyday life. But I'm also apprehensive about being away from my baby and that same routine that I'm trying to take a vacation from.

To me, the hardest times to be away from William are in the morning and at bedtime. The morning brings the happiest baby in the world. He always greets me standing in his crib, eyes bright and a smile that's a mile long. Bedtime brings snuggles and kisses. Priceless.

But I'm a firm believer that even a short time away from your husband, your children or both makes you a better wife and mother upon your return. So I will say goodbye to William and my hubby and the snow and say hello to sunshine, palm trees and...hmmm...well...c'mon, it's Vegas, baby! The sky's the limit!

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