Monday, January 12, 2015

Taking A Mom Break

In just a few days I leave for a five day Mom Break to Phoenix, AZ. I'm going to my cousin's wedding, five days with family, hiking, warm weather, and hopefully a trip to In & Out Burger. This is the first time ever I've been away from my minis for so long. Usually I feel guilty for leaving my kids to go do something for myself for just a few hours. Lately I've been letting go of the guilt and doing things just for me. Date nights, a drink with friends, taking time to write uninterrupted, and now this trip.

I'm quite looking forward to five days without piles of laundry, schedule planning, meals to cook, time outs, wiping butts, and school schedules. I'm letting go of trying to control everything and putting it into the hands of my husband who will be filling the roles of both dad and mom while I'm away. While I'm not excited to see the state our home will be in upon my return, for the first time ever, I'm not feeling uneasy or nervous about leaving.

Maybe it's because the minis are getting older and can easily communicate their needs. Or maybe it's because I've been incredibly busy the last 6 months and haven't had time to breathe, much less take a few days to do something for myself. Either way I don't feel an ounce of guilt for leaving and having a little fun.

I know I will miss them and be more than ready to return, but I'm also quite certain this little trip will provide me with some much needed clarity and renewed energy for mom life, daycare, writing, and of course, my social calendar.

How do you mommies and daddies take a break from parenting life?