Look what’s back!  Yep, it’s the SUN!  It is gloriously sunny and fabulous in Seattle today.  A strange sight for us, even more so since I know that other parts of the country are bracing for a crazy super storm.

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And look what else is back!?!  My suitcase.  Yep, another trip!

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But this is no ordinary trip.  Tonight I’m taking the redeye home to Cincinnati.  Just me.  Without Cullen.  For the first time.  Ever

I’ve been planning to go home in February for many months now, but when we had to unexpectedly travel back to Indiana in January, I wasn’t sure the February trip would still happen.  I really didn’t want to travel with Cullen again so soon – the time change is too hard, and I worry too much about all of the travel germs.  But I really wanted to still figure out a way to go. 

Two of my best lifelong friends have had babies recently, and I have been aching to hold and cuddle their little ones.  And I haven’t had any good, uninterrupted quality time with my best friend in what feels like years.  Casey and I looked at the logistics, and figured out a way for me to go on the trip all by myself!  I traded all my skymiles in, so I was able to get a last minute flight for freeeeee – even better. 

There was a small hiccup in the plans when we realized that Casey actually has a work conference tomorrow, but my awesome friends have rallied to help, and Cullen will be playing with his buddies tomorrow while mom is in Ohio playing with hers.  :) 

The longest I’ve spent away from Cullen is a few hours, so this is kind of a big deal.  But honestly?  I’m ready.  Like, really ready.  I will miss all the snuggles and bedtime kisses this weekend, but I am so excited for 2.5 days on my own schedule and with no agenda.  I’m going to cuddle my friends’ babies, go for a run in my old neighborhood, go out to eat whenever I want to, and try not to miss this face too much. 


Today has been spent doing endless loads of laundry, getting the house ready to leave, charging electronics, and trying to narrow down which of my favorite restaurants I want to go to while I’m there. 

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I’ve also been prepping a bit of food for Casey and Cullen for the weekend.  Although Casey is more than capable, and probably doesn’t need it – I just really wanted to steal some sweet potato fries.  Casey hasn’t ever had Cullen on his own for a whole day (or several in a row!), so this will be a good time for both of them.  Cullen is in a really serious daddy-phase, so I know he’ll be loving it, and I doubt he’ll even notice I am gone. 

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My carry-on is stocked with a fully charged iPad, several downloaded books, three magazines, and a big cozy scarf I can use as a pillow.  I might read a book, I might take the world’s longest nap, I might rent a movie.  I’m in a middle seat, I have a two-hour layover plus six hours in the air, and all of that sounds luxuriously fabulous because I don’t have to worry about entertaining a one-year old.  I am ready!

To my East coast friends, be safe this weekend!  This storm sounds like a doozy.  See you from Ohio!