Last Thursday I escaped. I hopped onto a plane and left my real life for 4 days and visited my best friend and her sweet little family. Just me, no husband or kiddo in tow. I really needed a break. Like… BAD. I had so many people tell me “oh I bet you’ll miss your family”! To be honest I wasn’t sure I would. That sounds awful right? But seriously. I knew we would be facetiming (is that even a real word?) and I have been so maxxed out lately that a little trip away where I am not responsible for anyone else was just what the doctor ordered.
There was no working all day only to come home and start dinner immediately, pick up the house, and before you know it it’s bedtime. No daycare drop offs. When I heard crying in the middle of the night, I rolled over and went back to sleep. It was glorious.
By the time I flew back on Sunday I really felt refreshed. Girl time with a friend who lives 2000 miles away was awesome. We’ve been friends for 15+ years and that just makes things so easy. It was fun to see her new life and it definitely gave me perspective on mine. Not in a comparison type way, just in a respecting the different parenting choices, watching relationship dynamics… etc. None better than the other, just different.
So, I ate my words. I really did miss my boys and my life, like a lot. I was ready to come home and be Mom again. Even my first day back to work felt less like the drag it had been becoming. Let’s just hope that lasts! Our next few vacations are definitely family centered and I’m looking forward to those too, but this reality break was amazing! Absence really does make the heart grow fonder.
Have you taken any trips sans you family?