I was a little uneasy about leaving Olivia, since she's still so little. I was less uneasy about leaving Gavin. (Future Gavin, please do not take offense. When you have a 3 year old someday, you'll completely understand.) Regardless, I knew I needed to take a break from my mommy role. I think it's infinitely important for parents to take some time for themselves. It's good for everyone- believe it or not, kids need a break from us too! I also think it's important to spend time with friends. Because we don't have family here, our friends have really stepped up to fill that void. I enjoyed being able to devote time to those friendships. It was great to be able to have conversations without pausing to change a diaper, or deal with a tantrum. It was wonderful to dress up for dinner, enjoy appetizers, and eat slowly. Girls weekends... simply rock. Of course, it's always great to come home to my babies and an equally awesome husband.
Here are a few photos of Montreal. I'm working on an article for albany.com about Montreal. I will post the link once it goes live.
|The drive to Montreal is about 4 hours from Albany. It's a straight shot, north on I-87. It was beautiful in late October.|
|At a great restaurant in Old Montreal, called L'Appartement|
|Toyin, Fahmida, and Michelle- heading out for a day of shopping and sightseeing|
|Notre Dame- Old Montreal|
|Old Montreal- cobblestone streets, beautiful architecture, and brasseries|
|Shopping in Old Montreal|