For my last birthday my dear friend and fellow mama, Kelly, flew down from Oregon so we could both enjoy a desperately needed kids-free vacation. We drove to the mountains for a mini getaway.
We drank whiskey in the hottub, saw the late showing of a movie and made the best waffles I’ve ever eaten. It was wonderful.
It took me well over a year to leave Lewie overnight, but I wish I had prioritized a kid’s-free vacation sooner, even if it was just one solo night away. Being away gives you the opportunity to do the things you once took for granted, like enjoying a dinner out without a squirming toddler, staying up late reading, drinking HOT coffee while it’s still hot, you know, the little things.
We also decided to take a few photos while were there. I recently realized that my entire camera roll is essentially pictures of my child. Recent pictures of me are basically non-existent, but I want to have photos for my children to took at one day. Don’t you love looking at old photos of your parents when they were young? As a child it was one of my favorite things to do.
And mostly, being away makes you realize that all those little things you missed when you were child-free are truly just that — little things — and can’t compare with the joy of raising a tiny soul. BUT, sometimes it takes a night, or a few nights, away to remember this. How about you, do you take kids-free vacations?
P.S. Our cabin was in Idyllwild, a sweet little mountain town a couple hours east of Los Angeles. I highly recommend it for a quick city escape!
P.S.S. If you are planning on taking a vacation and need a new swimsuit, check out this Guide for Conscious Swimwear.