Have you ever had so much fun stuff planned, that it starts to stress you out and you find yourself not being able to look forward to any of it? I'm in the middle of that right now. In the next 5 days we have the following to look forward to ...
- A church retreat in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains.
- New York City!
ALL of these on their own would be awesome, but coming on the heels of each other and it's a bit of freak-out city! We return from the retreat (where we will celebrate Halloween AND "Fall Back" an hour) on Sunday afternoon, and our flight to NYC LEAVES at 7 am. That's the most stressful part to me. Coming home, most likely tired from all the fun, washing and re-packing clothes, getting Ronan off to family with everything he'll need while we're away, and trying to get enough sleep so that we don't head into a 9-hour time difference already exhausted. AND we have a friend staying here while we're gone, so the house has to be at least semi-clean!
I think I'm most concerned about the exhaustion part. Normally, I'd push right through it, but I have a hard time physically if I'm really sleep-deprived lately. It can completely lay me out, taking effort to just get up and go about like normal. I don't know, but it seems like the extra effort my heart has to make when I'm pregnant is taxed even more when I'm overly tired. I've had to sit down for a second when I was just doing my makeup!
It was a very good idea for us to schedule in an overnight layover in NY, both ways. (My parents, brother and SIL are getting to NY this weekend, so we'll all be staying in a vacation rental on the way there.) We might have dinner with some friends of ours, but other than that I don't plan on doing anything there, except take a nice, long walk in Central Park. Gotta see those gorgeous Fall colours!
Anyways, I hope I'm not complaining too much. I'm SO thankful for the time we'll have with our friends this weekend, and when I get past all the getting ready stuff, I'm over the moon about this precious opportunity to be in Spain with my family. It really almost didn't happen, and I had a very strong sense that if we didn't go NOW, we never would. I expect there will be a few happy tears shed while we're there. I think my heart will just about burst out of my chest with joy as Toby and I show them our favorite parts of the City, and (hopefully) pass on our love for Spain and the amazing people, food, music and even their "accTHentos maravillosos"!
Keep an eye out on Facebook ... I hope to post updates and pictures (hooray for Toby's iPhone!) throughout our vacation. See you when we return!