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Thursday, August 16, 2012









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Last Saturday my mom took all three of my boys on vacation. At first when she suggested the idea of them away for 6 whole days my stomach felt queasy and I instinctively wanted to say "Uh, that's not going to happen." I kept thinking I haven't been away from my kids for that many days in a row in years, I'd miss them too much. And as they pulled away that morning I came inside and sniffled a little bit. But determined not to spend my days wringing my hands and feeling "empty," I began to think, "wait, I haven't been alone in years! This is amazing!" And so began one of the most blissful weeks of my life. There I was. You know, me. This timeless sense of me. Not mom-me or daughter-me or friend-me. Like who I was at  5 or 12 or 20 and who I still will be at 40 or 55 or 80. That person you are when no one else is around. hello! how are you? oh, I am good, really really good. Happy as a clam.

On another note, I have often wondered, in vain of course, how much I could get done if I just had time to do it? The answer? A lot! I have been working like a busy bee filling orders and cleaning and organizing. Coming across old treasures that have made me both smile and tear up a little bit (the photos are some of those long lost treasures). But it's been so healthy and refreshing and when my sweet boys return today (yay!) hopefully they will return not only to a freshened up home but to a refreshened me as well.  I am definitely putting this on my future "grandma to-do list" it's been heavenly.

What do you to reconnect with yourself?

14 comments:

  1. What a beautiful collection of pictures!! I loved reading your words as I am a mummy of two girls. Have a lovely day / Niki

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  2. I read about 6 whole days and had the same reaction. I've not been away from my daughter for more than a few hours since she was born (almost 2 years ago). But at some point I guess I'll have to grow up enough to let go a bit!

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    1. i couldn't have done it when they were two either! i would have found no joy in that at all, i would have just been a complete wreck. but at 4 years old it was pretty nice : )

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  3. Oh, your mom's going to be tired when she gets back. :)

    And happy. And so will the kids, and so will you! It's nice to have a break (like I'd know...ok, I think it'd be nice to have a break), and they're in good hands.

    The pictures are great. Hubby has a Pentax he refuses to part ways with. :)

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    1. I didn't know how nice a break could be either . . . now I am plotting for the next one ; )

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  4. What awesome photos. Right now blogging is how I decompress. I really need to get back into cleaning, lol!

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    1. I am hoping I can keep up now that I have done all this work! Keep your fingers crossed! And yes blogging is a great way to decompress too.

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  5. Not sure what I should do to decompress We're in a huge change of life right now -- one to college, one to high school. There's no time to decompress. I'm sure in a few weeks, I'll be lonely. Right now, I'm just overwhelmed.

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    1. oh : ( I don't look forward to sending them off, but it's wonderful they are going to college! My oldest starts high school too! I am trying to come to terms that I have a high-schooler. How does that happen?!

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  6. love the photos, and what bliss! I would be so nervous leaving Rowan for 6 days but I am sure i would get over it!

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    1. thanks lisa! well, my twins are almost 4 (in 2 weeks!) and there's no way I could have done it before now. definitely not! So, yes, I am so happy I was actually at a place where I could enjoy it : )

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  7. Christine... I totally miss my daughter when she has spent the night at her grandparents... but not to have her for 6 days!!!! WOW! You are brave! Yet on the other hand to have that one on one with yourself is something that I too have not had in many, many moons! Great job on all the accomplishments! Grace, peace and blessings, Carla.

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  8. I am finding that sitting and watching Netflix has been helping me reconnect lately. I never mind when my kids go. When my oldest was born, I leaned on my family a lot because of the situation and occasionally, schedules being what they are every once in awhile she would land weekend (or slightly longer) getaways with family. I guess that's another way I reconnect too. My youngest left for his first sleepover at grandma's and as I am typing this my hubby is telling me to give the oldest cash to go out. (our kids are 12 years apart) This means dinner somewhere without a kids menu or games or tvs, I can't wait to hit publish!! :)

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