Two weekends ago Todd and I were able to make our FIRST overnight trip sans kiddo.
We went to Branson, MO.
We swapped cars with my parents, they kept the crusty french fries, toy bombed mess that makes my car your typical mom-mobile. And we got to take my dad’s truck, you know, the truck that is clean & bigger than my bedroom it’s so huge, truck.
We drove for 2 hours without having to hand over a train that had been hurled at the back of our heads because we weren’t paying him enough attention. We didn’t listen to the “Quack, Quack” song or the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” on a constant loop or change a single diaper or to make sure the kiddo had snacks or…well, you get my point.
We got to talk grown up things in the car like politics, why we disagree with this policy or agree with that one. And typically enough? We talked a lot about potty training, how cute our kid is, how awesome it is to be parents.
We talked about how we couldn’t believe 4 years had come & gone so quickly.Â We just shook our heads in amazement that we’ve been married 4 years & we have a 2 year old. We always thought it was going to be our 4th Anniversary that had us planning for our first kid, not talking about a Â future baby #2.
We went shopping (and mostly shopped for Lboy, figures right?), we ate at expensive restaurants & didn’t even have to ask for a kiddie menu or beg a grumpy, loud toddler to stop screaming & eat. We drank “adult drinks” at noon. We laughed so hard our sides hurt. We did more shopping. We ate more expensive meals. We laughed more. We went to the movies. We did more shopping.
We back to the hotel at 8:45 pm…and…you know…
And slept over 12 hours.
Because we’re wild like that.
The entire weekend was a blast! It had me wishing I could do it again soon!
Then we came home & I was ready for all the “Wee Sing Silly Songs” in the world. I was ready for hugs & kisses & ready to get back into the parenting game.
And man, the cosmos must have known that I was ready for parenting after my break. Because we came home to a kid with a stomach bug.
Parenting. It never ends. But sometimes, it does take a break, a very, very fun break!
How did your first trip go away from the kids? Have you been on one yet?
I’m so jealous that you got to spend time away without the little one! We’ve had date nights but have yet to do an overnight trip.
Time away always makes me feel ready to jump back into parenting. So glad Lboy is feeling better now!
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That sounds like a fantastic weekend! I’m glad you got to spend some much needed quality time with your husband. You’ve got to recharge those batteries! 🙂
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That sounds great! I’m glad you had the chance to do it.
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Courtney @ The Mommy Matters says
How fun! It’s so great to get away without the kid every once in a while. Last summer, when the husband was home on leave, we planned a trip to the beach: just the two of us. We walked on the beach, sat by the pool, drank a few adult beverages, ate out at “grown up” restaurants and went to the Beach Side bar. But, aside from one night, we were back in our room and asleep by 10:00. We’re wild like that, too.
We just had our first little get a way this weekend too for our anniversary. It was amazing. So glad you both had a great time! I’m beginning to see how important couple time is to a relationship and a family.
Alison@Mama Wants This says
Going to sleep at 8.45pm? Sounds like a dream!
We haven’t been able to go away yet sans child, but I’m hoping we can soon, as he’s almost completely weaned and sleeping in his own bed (finally!).
Hope Lboy is fully recovered!
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Lady Jennie says
Oh yay – it sounds heavenly. We got a 3 day break for our 10 year anniversary and it was just uplifting. Man, we parents need a break from time to time to get our game back on.
I love time away from the kids, even if it is just for a couple hours. But a weekend away is so worth it.
Mommy's Paradise says
So nice, I am so happy for you. This is what we are looking for since a very long time, and it just doesn’t seem to happen. A weekend just with Hubs and without ‘Timan’ would be the blast. Hope Lboy recovered and is well again.
We went to Vegas for my 30th birthday and we decided that we were going to do this once a year. I think we as parents need a break. It’s vital for every relationship. So glad you got to catch up on sleep too!!
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That sounds wonderful Kate!!! I am so glad you where able to do that!! I hit burnout this week so yesterday Tom let me take 30 minutes to go do whatever I wanted. It was so wonderful! You know what I did? Grocery shop and buy pull-ups for Lulu.
I hope Lboy is better!
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My very first trip away from Cheeks was when she was 7 months old. We had to go to Savannah, GA for a wedding & I was not interested in driving across 3 states with her. It was bad enough I had to ride in a car that long with the hubs.
It was so hard to leave.. I was calling home to check in before we were gone an hour. Everything turned out fine though.
Now we make it a point to take at least 2 adults only trips a year. I always miss the kids so much. That is, until I walk through the door & within 5 minutes I”m reminded of why I wanted a vacation in the first place.
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I am jealous. That sounds wonderful! Now with two kids, it’s going to be a while before we take another trip without the kiddos. We went to St. Louis two years ago for a weekend. That was our only trip without kids since having Hayden. It was lovely.
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Shelby Bukhenik says
Just checking in with ya and I LOVE this post! Everyone mommy and daddy need a weekend away and it sounds like it was terrific.
Cam - Bibs & Baubles says
that sounds awesome. Glad you guys had a great time. Well deserved. Figures the babe would have a bug! 🙂
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A Mommy in the City says
Sounds like such a great weekend. Parenting breaks are much needed. We took our first one not too long ago, and although I missed Harlan like crazy, I loved spending the one on one time with my husband again.
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we haven’t yet spent more than one night away from Goose – and we didn’t go away anywhere… all three times she was at my parents’ and we were home (once with the flu, the other two for date night) 🙂 sounds lovely!!
glad you had a wonderful time, and glad Lboy is feeling better – sorry he was so sick 🙁 xoxo
Julie @ mamamash says
I’ve yet to spend more than a couple hours away from my kiddo. I hope by the time he’s two I get a night alone with my husband, or we may end up with an only child!
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We helped a friend sail his boat to Charleston S.C.and were gone for 10 days.. I think the kids were about 3 and 5 then. Grams and Pa took great care of them down to the Lucky Charms and Fruit loops cereal! They were spoiled and we had a great time.
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That sounds SO good!! I can’t remember the last time we went on a trip alone. We DID have date night a few weeks ago and I enjoyed those few hours immensely!
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The part about you guys falling asleep made me laugh out loud! Isn’t it amazing how much a parenting break can leave you re-energized to come back to the game full throttle? Love it.
Grumpy Grateful Mom says
Oh! I have never had one of these before. But it sounds blissful! It’s good you were rejuvenated for the stomach bug!
When my husband and I do get a little kid-free time we usually end up talking about the children for most of it. 🙂
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Galit Breen says
We’re going on our first overnight together TONIGHT.
Ahem- my oldest is seven. yes, seven. Don’t judge.
I’ll report back when I get back. But honestly?
I can’t wait!!
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