Friday, February 11, 2011

On Getting Away

 Last weekend, we loaded up the van with two adults, three kids, one dog, three boat-and-tote bags, a suitcase, a sack of veggie straws, and a few other miscellaneous items.  Michael took a rare Friday off work, and we met my folks at a cabin a few hours north to celebrate my mom’s birthday.  It was freezing cold, but we managed to go on a few “expetitions”, and we were thrilled to enjoy one another’s company away from home.  

We dressed up like Eskimos


Rubbed our noses together to keep warm

Scaled towering mounts

Wore no makeup

Got muddy

Enjoyed a little technology

Made sure to keep our teeth clean

Called Gina to check in

 Ate chocolate gravy...on anything we could (Thanks, Sally!)

And had a most delightful time getting away.  It was such a treat to just do something new, to spend time together apart from the distractions of to-do lists and errands.  Although it was hard work to get us all gone, it was so absolutely worth it.  I think I’ve lately underestimated the value in getting away for a while.

On the way home, the kids all slept and Michael and I were able to talk through a few things that had been weighing on our hearts.  While we were away, I realized how badly I needed some time off.  Just a little time here and there, really... but there were things that had been left undone (it’s been almost a year since my last haircut) that were really a source of frustration for me.  We talked things out, and Michael immediately got on the phone with his folks and got me on the calendar for an every-other-week “Mommy’s Morning Out”.  I’m thrilled
.  I enjoyed my first morning off a few days later, and it was absolutely wonderful for my tired heart.  Talks are also in the works with a sweet friend of mine to trade mid-week babysitting for our kids, which would work out to three mornings off a month.  Yes, getting away is good indeed. 


TheCramblits said...

I am so glad that you all had a great time! I was so hoping that you would enjoy the chocolate gravy! (loved the pic!) I am SO excited for you and your new morning out! How wonderful and renewing it will be for a most deserving Momma! Love ya!

Family Snodgrass said...

Oh, how wonderful to have family willing and able to give you a now and then mother's morning out! That is just fabulous. In the past, I've sometimes had a babysitter for that purpose and it is SO rejuvenating. Enjoy!