Last Saturday, Will and I had the very rare pleasure of going on a hike ALONE without kids in tow. I think this is probably the first time we've done this since having kids. We actually hired a babysitter for this and everything.
And it was also the first time we've left Riley with a teenage babysitter at our house. I was very impressed, she got him dressed, fed, and even down for a short nap while we were gone. That is really saying a lot for the short-napper baby. :)
Will took me the back way up to Rattlesnake Ledge, which is a hike I've been a little leery of doing because of the drop-off at the top.
Will's route was a bit steeper than the normal trail, but since it is a heavy-traffic hike, it was kind of nice to be off the trail alone where we could talk and not have to share the beautiful outdoors with hundreds of other hikers.
It is truly amazing how much we, as a married couple NEED alone time together. Raising kids is no small feat and as much as we love it, we also need to take care of ourselves and get refreshers on our relationship every once in a while.
Just within the 3 hours we were gone together, we felt SO refreshed. And bonded. And in love again. Not that we weren't before, but it was just nice to concentrate on US and not the demanding needs of little children all of the time (sorry kids, we love you though!).
It was nice to talk about our lives, our dreams, things coming up, remember past memories together of "remember when...", and also yes we talked about the boys too.
One other thing, is it felt SO nice to be in better shape. I have been working hard at the gym 6 days a week and also watching my diet. I have been slowly SLOWLY losing weight, but gaining muscle and toning up and it was great to hike up the mountain with Will and not cry my way up like I did 11 weeks postpartum last June (see here).
When we got home, we gathered the boys up and decided to take an impromptu weekend overnighter over to the Olympic Peninsula. We talked so much on our hike about our dreams of living over there that we couldn't resist taking another little trip over there...
Our view coming back into Seattle moments after the Superbowl ended...