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Don't Leave Home Without It

Since I've now told at least a dozen people why I spent just over 24 hours in Sacramento last week, you might as well know too. It's nothing amazing or mysterious. But it was supposed to answer some questions and help the hubs and me come to a decision. A work decision. I am totally grateful that my hubs has a good job and that the decision is just a matter of a potential job change, but that hasn't made the decision any easier. The new job would require a lot of travel, and it's hard to weigh the sacrifices and benefits of each offer.

And while Sacramento didn't miraculously bring the answers I needed, it did bring a few other things. Our original travel itinerary had us traveling Friday/Saturday. That meant Friday doing work stuff and Saturday doing fun stuff. At the last minute, the plan changed to a Thursday/Friday itinerary. So Thursday meant going on a quick office tour followed by dinner and lots of talk. Shop talk. When we finally headed back to the hotel, I was ready for dessert so we grabbed something from the hotel lobby. And my little caramel cheesecakes were so good I had to take a picture of them:

Friday morning was our first chance in five years (since The Princess was born) for the hubs and I to both sleep in, so we did. When we finally rolled out of bed, we grabbed breakfast and headed to the office to talk business, then it was more talk over lunch, and then it was back to the airport. I know you are jealous of my fun-filled Sacramento excursion.

You may have noticed two things missing in there. The first was my girls. This was my first time away from my girls overnight, and I did OK until I got a text saying they were getting ready to do bedtime. Yes, DO bedtime. My cousin watched my girls, and she is a lot like me as a mom to her two little boys. At our houses, bedtime is more than just going to bed. It is probably my favorite time of the day. First I read with, sing to and rock my little Bean. Then it's stories, songs and snuggles with The Princess. I get some one-on-one time and lots of cuddles. So imagining someone else snuggling my girls to sleep made me a little emotional.

The other thing missing was a run. Originally, I was going to run Saturday morning. Then the plans changed, and I didn't see much opportunity for a run during our Thursday/Friday trip, so I left my running shoes home. The first thing I wanted to do when the plane hit the ground was run. I will NEVER, EVER travel without my running shoes again. So while I didn't get a run out of the trip, I learned a valuable lesson: ALWAYS PACK MY RUNNING GEAR.


  1. That caramel cheesecake looks delish!

    Hope you find answers in the decisions you are making!

  2. Yummers....

    I need to learn from your love of bedtime... I hate bedtime around here. I love going for a run in a new place... while traveling. Makes me feel pumped.

  3. It's funny how much we dream of getting away from the kids and then when we do, we just miss them! Bring your running gear next time--great way to check a place out!

  4. Those little caramel cheesecake things look delicious. Love your bedtime routine. Our routine here takes forever too but is great. It will soon be gone as the kids are grown and I'm sure I'll miss it.

    p.s. Runnerd post coming I've just been ransacked lately. Haven't forgotten.

  5. Ooooh, be grateful you were here Thursday and Friday when we had pretty decent weather - Saturday was awful with rain and wind. If business brings you out this way again, I'm local and we could totally go for a run together!! Plus, I could help you eat those cheesecakes. :)

  6. Those little cheesecakes look delish! I know what you mean about missing out on bedtime. We do similar things with our kids and it's so nice to hear what they have to say when it's just one on one. I hope your decision making was made easier with your trip. Those kinds of decisions are never easy.

  7. Hope you all figure out a good situation with your hubs' job.

    And, yes, always pack the gear! You just never know.

  8. That sounds like a touch decisions are that way. On the one hand, it's not super permanent...but on the other, it's really not good to jump in and then quit right away if you don't like what you're doing. Or to be un-promoted, or whatever the job change is.

    Good luck in making your decision!

  9. I hope the job thing works out! Those cheesecakes look delicious.


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