Friday, August 22, 2014

What I Did On My Summer (Parenting) Vacation

This past week, my husband Marc took our two kids away to family camp while I stayed behind at home. I didn't have the vacation time to go away this week, so they went without me. I cried at having to leave them on Monday morning, but by the end of a long work day, my mood had changed. I was determined to enjoy my week.

In the spirit of back to school assignments everywhere, here is how I spent my summer (parenting) vacation:

1. I got a mani/pedi. Because obviously.
2. I ate takeout on the couch in front of the TV watching everything from a documentary to trashy reality shows. 
3. I took a nap on the couch, too. 
4. On my work from home day, usually still a busy one with the kids at home, I worked in my pajamas until 2 pm. 
5. I ran multiple errands in a row, completing them all. 
6. I had time to peruse the racks at a discount retailer and to try on jeans before I bought them.
7. I met Kimberly, my friend at Red Shutters, at one of those step by step painting places where we were invited to come and create a masterpiece--more or less.
8. I threw a party. I really did. A dozen other mom friends from various parts of my life came together and spent a few hours catching up. It was awesome. 
9. I slept in the middle of the bed. 
10. I truly relished in the quiet.

Bottom left photo taken by Mia at The Paint Bar, courtesy of Kimberly
And here's what I didn't do on my summer (parenting) vacation:
1. Laundry. I will pay for this over the weekend, but five laundry-free days? I've treasured them. 
2. Cleaning and straightening up the house. I did it once when I got home from work on Monday night, and then the house magically stayed clean!
3. Tell anyone to turn off the TV or put down a screen. I probably spent less time in front of screens this week too. 
4. Break up any disagreements or yell. My children are 10 and 6 years old, and not totally angelic. No eye-rolling, whining or back talk for days.

And the most important thing I didn't do on my summer (parenting) vacation?

Photos taken by Marc
5. Feel guilty. I really didn't. My kids were having a ball, my husband was working on projects he loves with friends he rarely sees, and I was free to do what I wanted knowing that it would all come to an end soon enough. School starts in just over a week, and we have a few days of togetherness planned before then.

It's been a great week.


  1. I LOVE IT!!!! This is seriously one of my fantasy vacations. Good for you.

  2. Yea you! So happy to be part of your "vacation"!

  3. Yay!! LOVE that you didn't feel guilty. LOVE that your stayed clean (funny how that happens...). And LOVE that you had some time for yourself. Hope you're feeling recharged!