Oh lord, was it ever NICE to get away! I am a little bummed out today however, because our trip was WAY too short…. but I am grateful for the time that I had to hang with my boys anyhow 😉
For those who don’t know, I was out-of-town for the last few days. I made the executive decision that I needed a break from reality, and my honey couldn’t have agreed more ;), so we booked a hotel for 2 nights, packed up the little dude, and got the heck out of dodge…. It was a self-induced-early-spring-break-vacation….I sometimes feel the need to runaway get away… and after the last few months, I felt like I was going to completely shut down if I didn’t get a change of scenery….
Tim and I were waiting impatiently as the school bell rang on Monday, and after my little guy ran out of his class, down the hall, and out the double-doors, we were on our way! We made a stop for Slurpees, Beef Jerky, and Donuts (I know that sounds extremely healthy 😉 …. but it is a road trip ritual for us), and hit the highway. We cranked up the tunes, chatted nervously about the things we wanted to see and do, and a short time later we were in Banff For those of you not familiar with Banff, it is a beautiful mountain village that is world-renowned for Skiing, Shopping, and it’s accommodations, including The Banff Springs Hotel (which we didn’t stay in by the way…. $600-$2000 per night is a little TOO rich for my tastes… okay a LOT too rich!). I have visited this resort town at least a hundred times in my life, but I never get sick of going – it truly is beautiful there, and it is hard not to feel connected to something greater than ourselves when you are smack dab in the middle of the Rocky Mountains… ahhh…. Fresh Mountain Air…. Abundant Shopping….. Delectable Delights…. What more could you want?
My little guy was SOOO excited, and it really touched my heart to see things through his eyes the past few days. From checking in to the hotel to the drive home, my amazing boy had nothing but wonder and awe written all over his face. He had never stayed in a hotel as nice as the one we had the pleasure of staying in, and he thought he was the king of the castle! It was comical how many times he exclaimed to himself and anyone standing within 10 feet of him that he was staying at a “Diamond” hotel… like he even knows what that means, but whatever… it made him HAPPY! LOL! From the amenities in our room, to the view, to the meals we shared, he was appreciative of everything.
Monday after we checked in, we went for dinner at a steakhouse, and then it was back to our hotel to take the little dude swimming, and a nice hot tub soak for the adults ;). Once we got back to our room, we crawled on to our beds and watched a little bit of TV…. it was then II realized that I can’t leave my pain at home when I travel – it comes with me. It is hard enough for me to sleep on the best of nights in my own environment, but it is completely another thing when I am in a foreign place… Although I brought my pillow with me, I couldn’t stuff my pillow-top mattress into the trunk of the car…. yikes… those hotel mattresses were HARD… between the adrenaline rush the trip brought, the big dinner, and the swimming, my little guy crashed when he finally closed his eyes… Me, not so much…. I played musical beds for the first 2 hours after bedtime… got up, went for a walk around the hotel, went outside for some fresh air, went back down to our room, and tried to let sleep wash over me… I was sore from the drive, and AWAKE, and frustrated that I couldn’t get comfortable, but I wasn’t the only one. My honey and I took turns playing musical beds and walking the hallways while little dude slept like a baby….. But we tried to make the most of it.
Tuesday morning after taking my meds and having a hot bath, and a few cups of coffee 😉 we were ready to hit the town. We spent the day walking up and down main street, popping into shops, spoiling our little one silly, and taking short breaks so I could sit down and rest a bit…. I made it through 6 HOURS of walking (god only knows how), and by then we were all really looking forward to taking a load off and going for dinner. There is an amazing fondue restaurant in Banff called The Grizzly House, and it is quite the experience to dine there. A HUGE Buffalo head greats you at the door, as well as a massage chair and a glass case of “Grizzly House” underwear. Sounds of KC and The Sunshine Band assaults your senses, and before you know it you are humming along. There are telephones at every table, AND in the bathrooms – and you are encouraged to call patrons all over the restaurant to your heart’s content. My son thought this was the coolest thing EVER, and within seconds of being seated he was begging to go to the bathroom to make his first phone call ;)…. he even called a table in the corner and interrupted what looked seemed to be a romantic date for a younger couple… tooo funny… It was hysterical! We made it through 4 courses of fondue, including a decadent chocolate fondue for dessert, and then headed back to our hotel… I had hit a wall by then, and needed to rest… All in all it was a great day though, and my boys couldn’t have been happier.
Night #2 in the hotel was just as bad as the first night, and I woke up yesterday in really bad shape…. I couldn’t move for a good hour, and I tried to go for a stroll through the hotel to get my body moving before getting ready to check out, but it was short-lived. While my boys toured the hotel to take some pictures, I headed back to our room. I was worried that my pain was going to ruin the day, but I didn’t let it… We eventually checked out, went for lunch, and then went to take a peak at The Banff Springs Hotel, stopped at a few more shops, and then made our way home… I hit my limit, and probably pushed myself too hard…. but I knew when to call it a day – by then it was time to go home.
My little one was excited to go to school this morning, armed with a bracelet he bought his teacher while we were gone, and a whole bunch of stories to tell his classmates. I, on the other hand, am happy to have the house to myself for a couple of hours, and a little bit of time to ‘recover’ from my escape from reality 😉
This is what I learned while I was gone…….
No matter where you go, your reality follows you –
THAT is not necessarily a bad thing 😉 –
It is important to take the time to be selfish every once in a while –
Taking a break is sometimes the best medicine 🙂
and home is truly where the heart is, no matter where you are….
I might be a little bit beat up today, but it was all worth it. I got to spend 48 uninterrupted hours with my honey, and reconnect with him after a LONG and nasty flare. We got to love on each other a little more 😉 and make ourselves OUR top priority. We gave little dude memories that he will have for a lifetime, and that was worth every penny and every ache involved… When my son looks back on our ‘trip’, I don’t think he will remember my pain, or the things that we couldn’t get around to doing, or how hard the mattresses were… he might not remember what color his souvenir t-shirt was, or how long he spent in the pool… but he WILL remember how special he felt and how magical it all seemed to be… He will remember the laughter, the songs we belted out in the car, and how cool it was to make a phone call from the restaurant bathroom… He will remember being able to play “hooky” from school for a couple of days, and how that made him feel SO grown up…Most of all he will remember how loved he has always been… and how his Mom and “Step Dad” took the time out of everyday life to show him that…
And he will know that no matter where we are… we are always home when we are together…
And pain cannot take that away…
I think that is priceless.