Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Our Kid Free Day

My awesome in-laws took all 3 kids Sunday afternoon to spend the night. 
I tried to remember the last time we'd been without them. 
I think it was last October.  
I mean Bella or Asher has spent the night for a night away but never are we without all 3 kids for this amount of time. 
It just doesn't happen except for date nights when we get a babysitter and that's just a couple of hours.
I'm sure many of you can relate with this. We're mama's. 
This season of motherhood is a full time job with little breaks in between. 

So what do you do when you don't have kids for approximately 30 hours? {not that I was counting}
Well I shall tell you....

You find yourself watching 4 hours of mindless reality television on bravo and asking if people that crazy really do exist.

You make brownies just so you can eat the batter. 

You get dressed for dinner at 8 and are out the door in 20 minutes because the only person you had to worry about dressing was yourself.

You skip ordering an actual meal and go straight for Chili's chips and salsa and dessert. Their Chocolate Chip Paradise will be in heaven one day, I know it. And also not getting salt poured in your lap by your 2.5 yr old is always a bonus.

You go to a 10:30pm movie and wonder what the hay so many people are doing at a movie at that hour and then you realize how old you sound.
Especially when all you can think about when you spot the teenagers behind you making out is that their missing the movie and wasting a good $20.

You sleep in until 11 the next day. Not because you meant to but because 1) you stayed up till 2am and 2) your alarm clock didn't go off. AKA Mia standing at the top of the stairs at 7:30am yelling "mom, dad and I need you!" over and over until you finally wake up.

You go for a run in the middle of the day. Because even though it's blazing hot, you are just excited you can put your shoes on and go. But then you regret it, remembering the real reason you go in the evenings is because of the blazing hot sun.

You take your sweet time getting dressed and showered without interruptions from a certain daughter asking for more fruit snacks. Again. 

You obviously have to fit in a Target trip because when you need bread and a case of waters, you clearly need to go to Target to get them. Because any excuse for a solo Target trip is always a good one. And then you find that your normal trip time has been cut in half because you weren't stopping every two minutes to grab something off the shelf that will entertain your 2.5 yr old.

Normally hating road trips, you are actually excited about the mini one you have to take to go get the kids. A peaceful 1 hour car ride with the Dixie Chicks pandora station, feet on the dashboard, husband next to you and a Sonic Diet Dr. Pepper in hand made it one of the few times you've enjoyed yourself in the car in a long time. 
{I am not a fan of long car trips, I get too antsy}

At about the 24 hour mark you found yourself really missing your kiddos so by the time you walk in the door to see them you are so excited to feel their little arms wrapped around you. Even if the 3rd child was in one of the worst moods of her entire 2.5 year life.   
Because apparently when you're at Mimi and Papa's house with your cousins, 
life is too exciting to sleep. 


Despite the not so gentle snap back into reality by Mia's awesome mood, 
 I was so happy to see my 3 chickadees.
I really think motherhood is one of the hardest jobs on the planet, but I can't imagine one being more rewarding. 
Waking up to their rested,happy faces this morning and I'm once again reminded of how precious this time is with them. 

I wouldn't trade this season of motherhood for anything. 
But now and then some "time-off" to spend with just Brandon is so needed. 
It makes those smiling faces and arms wrapped around me
 that much sweeter to come back to.

Can I get an Amen?

Hope you all had a nice, relaxing and happy weekend. 
thankful to those who sacrifice, serve and protect our country. 



  1. So glad you had a great weekend girl! You both deserve the short break but I know you missed your kids so much. :)

    1. Thank you Angela! So sweet. We did for sure but we enjoyed our time together too :)

  2. Sounds like you had a great break :)


  3. This is hilarious! I was laughing out loud. So true!

  4. i love this post- truth mixed in with a little comic relief. i have a hard time leaving my babies... they are still so young. once the baby isn't nursing, i think i will get a little more time, but i'm not rushing one moment. i do know that when i get a chance to get away, i always come back rejuvenated. so glad you got some "couple" time. ;)

  5. Glad you had a blessed time, girl!! It's great to read a Mama's perspective on these things as my husband and I are leaning towards starting a family and there are so many different concerns or things to think/worry/wonder about!!!

    1. Don't over think it! There will never be a perfect time to start having kids, there will always be SOMETHING that concerns you or worries you or needs to line up etc. Trust your heart and you will know when you are ready :)

  6. what a great blog, thanks for sharing! And cant wait till june 3 when your shop opens! CUTEE!!!


    1. Aw thank you Jacque! Makes me happy that you are excited :)


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