While there are many times I have the opinion go big or go home, this weekend wasn't one of them.
My daughter and I did a girls' weekend. No, we didn't fly to some exotic place and we weren't in the warmth sipping on umbrella drinks by a pool.
We decided to be tourists in our own state of Nebraska with a day trip to Kansas City (some of our pictures are shown here).
We took a tour of Arbor Lodge in our hometown of Nebraska City, went downtown to do a little shopping, and met up with four of my high school classmates for dinner. We caught up and laughed a lot over the three hours we had together.
We stay at Lied Lodge, and it was wonderful with the exception of the fire alarm going off around midnight...and the weird noises we heard.
On Sunday, we gorged on Hurts Donuts and enjoyed coffee at The Coffee Mill (in Lincoln), visited the Holy Family Shrine (near Gretna), and went through the Durham Museum (in Omaha).
And then we road tripped to Kansas City for the final leg of our journey which included an early birthday present for Jaelyn from Tivol, a trip to IKEA, lunch at The Mixx, and browsing books at Barnes and Noble on Monday.
When I walked in the door last night around 8:00, I had so many thoughts swirling around in my head:
1. I'm blessed to have an amazing relationship with both of my adult children. I'm also very thankful that they each have a significant other who is a big part of our lives as well.
2. My husband is awesome! He told me how much he appreciates what I do around the house and with our pets.
3. It was wonderful to get away from my routines for a few days. I love my morning routine, but I like the flexibility of not being so tied to it. Being out of my element does not wreck my day. In fact, it's more like a new adventure of not knowing what to expect.
4. Unplugging was tremendous. My laptop stayed home. I did respond to two emails on my phone, and then when I got home last night I took email off it. I want to be totally unavailable when the time is mine.
5. I didn't need to spend vast amounts of money to make memories.
6. Being a tourist in your own state is pretty cool. Sometimes we take where we live for granted. I'm not going to do that anymore.
I think the biggest takeaway from our trip was that we have opportunities to make memories everyday. We have to be on the look out for them and then enjoy every second. I know I did.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.