This past weekend Josh Kelley and I went away for the weekend with our couples Bible study. You guys…it was so much fun. We didn’t even go that far, but it was crazy fun to be with friends…and no kids. Can I get an amen? We stayed up late and slept in. We did lots of nothing and yet, lots of somethings. We hiked and played wiffle ball and played games and watched a super intense movie which I was super happy not to have to finish and cooked and shared meals and listened to far too much baseball talk between the guys and then one really intense conversation about the ultimate animal fight. After lots of deliberation it was narrowed down to a gorilla, bear and lion being the top fighters…and some how a giraffe snuck in the mix, but only by default. Sorry Brooke B. It was fun and hilarious. It was good. It was just nice.
I was still on my 21 Day Fix so I was the really nerdy person who brought all our food and Josh was the supportive guy he is and ate with me. I like him. But this is one of the reasons I like these peeps, I didn’t really feel that weird at all. They’re all nice and cool like that.
I actually didn’t have that difficult of a time sticking with it, but my friend Miranda does make these crazy good chocolate chip cookies which I adore and not only did she make them, but she made them extra large and I am a total sucker for a ginormous cookie. I did think about getting up in the night and eating one, but then felt like that’s something a TV character would do or Papa Bear from the Bearenstein Bear books, so I opted not to.
And speaking of middle of the night…and sleep. Josh and I got the bunk bed room. Hot right?!?!? And it was actually a triple bunk. Now you’re jealous. We tried sleeping in the bottom bunk together, but then I ended up wedged in the space between the wall and the edge of the bed. And sweating. I woke him up and asked him to move to the middle bunk and then as I listened to the bed creak and move as he climbed up to the middle bunk my mind went crazy thinking about what an unfortunate death it would be to be smashed by your husband on a couples retreat in a triple bunk. Then I got a bit anxious and was up for another 30 minutes thinking about what exactly my obituary would say. I did crack myself up a few times with some of my wording and eventually fell asleep. I’m happy to report I survived the Triple Bunk Couple’s Retreat of 2014. I should have an airbrush t-shirt made.
Laughing is one of my most favorite things to do and this weekend was full of laughter. So many highlights…so many just hilarious things…like our friend Jacob trying to act out the word “moan” in Gestures. Holy flippin’ cow. Josh Kelley is still laughing about this one. I’ll let you take a moment and think it over. No words, no sounds, only actions and facial expressions…and the word “moan”. I wish I had videoed it.
And Sunday we all went home and back to our kiddos. I did text Ashley while we drove home and got her to tell me about what happened in the super suspenseful movie because I just couldn’t not know, but I did not want to watch it to find out. I am the person who reads IMDB and every spoiler out there before I watch a movie or at the beginning of the movie. I want to know what’s coming. Ashley was my IMDB.
All the Kelley kids were happy to see us and we moved back into the routine of our life. Josh and the boys went to baseball practice and Harper, Amon and I rocked a friend’s birthday party. A workout with Susan and a yummy dinner of spinach and salsa omelets and bacon. It’s nice to be back, but seriously, time away from our kids and with friends is crazy good. I feel like it makes us better parents and people.
So do you ever get to get away…alone or with friends? I’d love to hear about some of your favorite places to go or fun getaways…maybe you have some good tricks up your sleeve to share…like how to get someone to agree to take your 4 kids