Our sweet babysitter, Julie, shows up at my house.
Now Julie is not your average babysitter - she's a babysitter with a bonus! She's a fourth year University of Texas student who will graduate this May with a degree in Speech Pathology. So while she's hanging out with Lily, she's also doing things to encourage her to talk.
She starts cooking supper and getting ready for The Bird to come back to the nest after a long day at school.
This usually entails a series of stretching exercises, eating a quick bowl of Wheaties, and lacing up her running shoes. Well.... not really. But you do have to be on your toes around Lily Bird.
I deliver Lily to the kitchen table, give her an extra big squeeze and walk right back out the door - usually for a date with my sweet husband.
While I'm out gallivanting, my baby girl is being fed, showered, loved on and tucked in all cozy for the night. I can gallivant much easier knowing Lily is being well-taken care of.
But this Monday night, Ryan had a meeting and couldn't gallivant with me. I was on my own.
Now for some people, this might be alarming. But I'm not one of those people. I happen to like having a little alone time. In fact, I'm usually a much nicer person if I get a little alone time on a fairly regular basis.
For my birthday last year, my mom and my mother-in-law sent me for an overnight stay at Barton Creek Resort all by myself. Ahhhhh.... I got there at check-in time, immediately changed into sweats, took a nap, got a massage, ordered room service, read until I couldn't keep my eyes open, slept through breakfast, rolled out of bed in time for a pedicure and manicure, then checked out of the resort and headed back to reality.
I was one happy momma when I returned home, which means the whole family was happy.
So I'm gallivanting alone and this is what I do:
- Head to Costco for milk and apple juice
- Get Fire Bowl coconut soup to go
- Eat said soup in car while flipping through a magazine
- Go to Barnes & Noble and read free books for 2 hours
I know what you're thinking.
People could get arrested for having this much fun. I'm not afraid, though. I like to live on the edge. I laugh in the face of danger.
If some Monday night you happen to see me out gallivanting, approach at your own risk. I could get you in some serious trouble with The Law.