Lately with everything that has been going on between planning our blog conference and parenting in general I have been feeling a little ragged. My to do list is longer than my “don’t ever do” list and that has kept me running in circles. So this weekend I took a much needed break in the Dallas area.
My mother in law was amazing and watched the kids for 4 days so I could attend a blog conference in Dallas. A lot of the Houston Bloggers were attending this conference and I had the best time with them. Not only that but I was able to see several other bloggy friends that don’t live anywhere near me and that was so nice.
It was 4 days of wearing makeup and retiring the yoga pants. Sometimes moms just need that time to remind ourselves that we still are gorgeous.
Even though I was supposed to be there to learn about blogging I really enjoyed the National Sleep Foundations’s suite where they gave talks about sleeping. You would think it would be a total snooze right? But it was amazing and it really has inspired me to get more sleep at night. (Just not tonight). It might just be a sign of my impending old age but it was one of my favorite thing about Blissdom.
Mr. Byrd actually drove up to his parents house in Fort Worth to visit with them and help with the kids for the weekend so Sunday I was able to meet him for breakfast and a little mini date.
So let’s recap. Day 4 of hair and makeup done with no yoga pants and I get a date with my spouse? Winner! Then he drove home and I went to pick up the kids and then we all went to visit my dad in North Dallas. Later that same day we went to dinner with my Jerktabulous (that is a word) sister before driving to another’s amazing sister’s house to see her and my nephew.
I did a lot of driving that day but no yoga pant wearing and I got to see some amazing family members so I consider it successful.
Day 5 meant that once again I got up and did my hair and makeup, put on actual clothes, waved goodbye to my dad and stopped by my grandparents house for a few minutes. They have had a very tough year and sometimes I know in my heart that one of them won’t be around for the next year. I have to hold onto every second with them that I can. We could only stay for 10 minutes today because they had to leave for an appointment but those ten minutes meant the world to me. My grandfather never finished school. He grew up during the depression as a farmer’s son and had to quit school when he was young to help his dad on the farm. He later joined the Air Force and worked his way up. When he retired from the Air Force he went to work for a company in Dallas designing planes. Remember he never finished school and just worked his way up and helped design fighter jets that the military still uses. Today I watched his frail shaky hands make paper airplanes with my kids. It was a full circle moment for me that showed the amazing legacy that he has created for them.
After that we drove home two of the girls asleep and the other one playing quietly in the backseat.
Now I’m refreshed, believing in my own power of beauty outside of yoga pants again, and ready to celebrate the Holy Week.
How are you choosing to celebrate the Holy Week?