Jason flew in late Friday night, after another three week stint in Los Angeles. We spent our first weekend together in what feels like forever, and I never felt more complete in my life. Being together and working as a unit is something we all need, and I wished it was like that all the time.
On Saturday morning, we headed to our favorite neighborhood diner for breakfast; something the kids always get excited for, and only happens when all five of us are together. When our meal was finished, we realized that we didn’t have any plans. No plans, so no where to rush off to, no appointments to keep, and no one that we need to apologize to for running behind schedule. What a relief! With no pressure, we strolled through the farmers market for some fresh produce, the bookstore for story time (and of course the toy aisles), and the remainder of the day was spent indoors, just enjoying each other’s company. When the kids were fast asleep, the sitter arrived, so Jason and I could enjoy some much needed alone together.
On Sunday, we headed out early to eastern Long Island for a friend’s birthday. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it in previous posts, but the Hamptons holds a special place in my heart, and I just love going there any chance I get. With spring slowly approaching, and an extra hour from daylight savings, our day was filled with sunshine. We figured we would make use of the sunshine, so we headed to the beach. Bundled up in our winter gear, the kids frolicked on the sand, finding plenty of seashells most of which made their way into Gemma’s coat pockets- sand and all! I love the beach and couldn’t help but dream of the summer months ahead. Before we hit the road, we stopped for pizza making our way back to the city. A fun filled family day indeed!
It was the perfect weekend, and I was sad to see it come to an end. The kids finally understand that Jason’s traveling for long periods of time, and they’re really starting to miss him. It’s the most apparent with Siella. She draws something for him almost everyday, and whatever she makes in school gets saved for Daddy. The travel has been wearing on him too. He’s been hinting that it would be great for us to move out west. I was talking about this with one of my friends recently, and told her it could be interesting to make a move, but I could never leave my family. Her reply, “Well, you didn’t marry your parents.” And, what she said resinated with me, because she was right.
These five of us are a family, and we need to figure out a way to be together. Who knows, maybe one day I may consider the move, but quite a few things would need to be sorted. With all that Ryder is currently going through, I finally know that he is exactly where he needs to be to thrive. But again, I know that our family needs to be together too. Both mine and Jason’s jobs demand lots of our attention, but it’s important that we run our household as a team. These past four days have been amazing; I feel as if a weight has been lifted from my shoulders. We are probably heading out west together during spring break, and we will see what life is like out there!