We are only on day 5 of staying in a hotel while we wait for the closing of our house. It’s been a challenge trying to keep up with my writing assignments, dealing with hotel wi-fi, and keeping Thomas occupied while living in one room. Matt’s gone all day to work and Lily has been in DC with her grandmother and cousin for a summer adventure. It’s been me, Thomas and Jonah all day trying to stay busy to keep from going crazy!
I wake up fairly early to get a head start on emails and work and then by the time Thomas wakes up 6AM… it’s go time. Matt is out by 8am and we are left… staring at the whole empty day ahead of us.
Thomas thinks it’s SUCH a treat to wake up every morning and walk down the hill to the Lobby of our hotel, grab our orange juice and fresh waffles, sit outside on the balcony for breakfast and talk about our day ahead! This usually entails big plans to catch a bear or shark or dinosaur and ways for him to collect money to buy some Hot Wheels toy he has his eye on.
We’ve been going to the charming town of Coldspring a lot. This little town, along the Hudson Valley has been one of my favorite getaways for years and now we get to hang out there practically everyday, lunching at the Foundry Cafe, getting to know the locals, and just wander as if we belong there.
Thomas has had no trouble making friends at the park and loves the quaint Tots Park right in the middle of town. We head back to the hotel for an afternoon nap which is quite the challenge because Thomas is unfamiliar with the space and just wants to run around. After a nap we take Jonah on a quick hike and then spend endless hours waddling in the swimming holes we have discovered or collecting sticks and rocks.
Matt comes home in the evening and my whole body does a happy dance!! Yes relief! Human contact… human conversation!
We have been treating ourselves to dinners out at our favorite Northern Westchester restaurants. Thankfully there is no shortage of REALLY amazing grub up here.
It’s hard chasing around a toddler all day in a hotel environment. We’re not home so there is no such thing as letting him play while I get work done or any sort of break. He sees me in the same room as him and immediately wants to play… all the time! Keeping up with this little wrecking ball MOTO is engagement every. second. of. every. moment. Non stop.
This week Thomas kept me on my toes by : Falling into a thorn-bush, eating a roasted green chili at dinner, stepping into a snake hole, throwing Cheerios all over the hotel room, spilling orange juice all over his car seat, throwing sticks at me, throwing rocks at me, taking off his diaper and running through the lobby … the list goes on. He’s being 2. He’s doing his job… and I just have to keep up! Honestly if I can make it through every day with all his limbs in tact… i feel pretty good.
Of course as expected, bedtime is a total joke! He hasn’t been going to bed until 11pm-ish. and when i wake up at 4am to get work done… this does not give me a big window for anything.
Next week we are heading to our friends house for a few hours and sit in a real kitchen and eat a meal and do laundry. Simple luxuries that you take for granted everyday.
I’m not complaining really. I guess I am… but I’m just venting really. I know people have it much worse than us and I am so blessed that we can afford to stay in a great place while we wait to move into our awesome new home. I know there are single parents out there who have it MUCH worse and there IS no escape. At least this is temporary… I get it. I get it all. I am very thankful for our life and I know that we will look back on this whole experience and think it was SUCH an adventure. I know i know. But it doesn’t negate how tough it is and how completely anxious I feel right now.
As always this online space is a journal of sorts and good and not so good I try to keep it real… it’s the daily dailies of our life!