Don’t get me wrong. I love my three kids. They make me laugh, see life in new ways and feel like I’m making the world a little brighter.
But … absence makes the heart grower fonder, right?!
A little time away was definitely needed. Lately, we’ve felt more like referees, short-order cooks, janitors and taxi drivers. Add in work and regular household chores and there’s been little time to recharge.
Enter my Mom. She accepted the challenge to watch her three boisterous grandkids. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
It’s been ages since we’ve had a kids-free trip, and it was amazing to have more than the usual date night to unwind.
So after vacationing with little people for years, what do you come to appreciate sans kids (keeping this PG)?
- Going to restaurants that don’t serve chicken nuggets. In fact, we went to a beautiful place overlooking the ocean that strongly advised against bringing children. We dined in peace, taking in breathtaking views of the Pacific.
- Eating whenever you feel like it. When you vacation with kids, you need to stick to a meal schedule or all hell breaks. When you vacation as adults, you eat when you feel like it.
- Sleep. We slept in. We never get to sleep in. Oh, how I’ve missed you sleep!
- Going for a run … TOGETHER. My husband and I both enjoy exercise, but we always need to divide and conquer to account for childcare coverage.
- Walking forever – and there was no need for a stroller – no stroller.
- Enjoying the pool. I was able to bring a book and read it. Usually I’m either in the pool monitoring one of my kids, or watching like a hawk to ensure no one drowns.
- Wandering through shops and art displays and not needing to worry that someone would touch something and break it, or play hide and seek in the racks, or get lost.
- No curfew. We could stay out as long as we wanted. No need to rush back to a hotel to get a cranky child to bed.
- No car ride dialogue focused on, “Are we there yet?”
- Quiet to simply take in the sounds of nature, breathe in the smells of good food and moments to hold my husband’s hand.
In a few weeks, we’ll take another trip, but this time it will be with the family. I know we’ll enjoy our time together, chicken nugget meals and all.
Still, it was lovely to have a few days without the kids. When we pulled in the driveway and saw our crew on the patio, I missed their little faces and felt calmer and ready to dive back into the demands and joys of motherhood.
Hopefully, we can keep our couple vacation glow for at least a few weeks …
How often are you able to enjoy a kids-free vacation? What do you appreciate the most?