This past weekend my husband took me on a surprise trip to an inn we visited four years ago. It was a well needed getaway for just the two of us. Our 30th birthdays were the perfect excuse for a splurge and some alone time.
And it was just what we needed. A moment for us without children, chores, and work. A moment where we could talk about us and about the kids, without being interrupted or constantly watching and listening. A moment where we could sleep without listening for a baby to wake up, and a moment where we could watch something other than Mickey or Moana.
I wouldn’t trade my life with the girls for anything. I am so happy to have a messy house, loads of laundry, oodles of cuddles, and endless Mickey Mouse.
But, I’ll admit that it’s nice to take a moment for yourself. A moment with your spouse. A moment without children. Because recharging can be essential.
(With that said, if you don’t feel comfortable going away without your children, that’s cool, too. I’m a firm believer in doing what is best for you and your family. We are in the situation where we are surrounded by family and friends that our children love and adore.)
This past weekend made me realize that I need to put forth a greater effort in making time for myself. Just because I don’t work outside the home any more, doesn’t mean that I don’t deserve a moment or two to myself throughout the week, even if it is something as simple as watching a show during nap time without simultaneously working on my laptop.
Since you can’t pour from an empty cup, what simple things do you do to recharge?