To be free!: What to do when kids are away
Kate, an urbanMama of three boys (almost-6, almost-4, and a three-month old), has had a busy year, relocating to Portland, starting at new schools, and potty-training. She emailed with a unique and an almost-enviable situation.
I'm in need of some Portland-mama wisdom. My two oldest boys left for NY for 2 weeks to visit their grandparents. After sobbing all the way home from the airport, my husband and I got home and realized we didn't know what to do with ourselves. Besides staying in bed and having sex, renting movies and reading books, we couldn't remember what we did in our pre-kid life. (Granted, we still have the 3 month old with us, but going from 3 kids to 1 baby is--for us--almost like being child-free again.)
It's funny, I always fantasized about having alone time again, and now I don't know what to do with myself. The sex, movies and books can wait until nightfall--I want to take advantage of the wonderful summer weather? What would other urbanMamas recommend doing in Portland, for someone who is new to the area and hasn't explored much beyond the kid-friendly parks and zoo? We are on a budget, but not having to feed the kids for two weeks does give us some wiggle room--what are some favorite (vegetarian-friendly) restaurants, day trips, must-see Portland sights? Help an (almost) kid-free mama find something to do!
The Summer, Parks, Fun, Sun is a good start, as well as digging up stuff on a daily basis on the urbanMamas calendar. What things in specific do you think she should put on her list of things-to-do over the next two weeks?