A Break From It All

Every year or two, my husband and I try to get away from it all. It’s challenging as a parent, especially a special needs parent, to disconnect from all the responsibilities of daily life and just be a couple.

So, we make a point to rent a cabin in the woods and/or mountain every once in a while to get away from all the things that keep us busy.  We don’t bring work, try not to always talk about the kids, and spend a couple days just being adults. Continue reading “A Break From It All”

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Post-Holiday Vacation

The holiday celebrations are over. The gifts are all unwrapped. My house is still in chaos…time for a post-holiday stay-cation!

Christmas fell on a Monday this year, and while we would typically stay as long as possible in Michigan visiting family after the most rambunctious of holidays, this year we decided to drive home early.

Best decision ever!

I have become a huge advocate of the need for a break after vacations (even if you can only squeeze in an extra day!)

Why?

An extra day to do it all can make life much less stressful.

  1. Decompress! — If you have kids, you know that a vacation is a stressful, though often fun, adventure.  Your family makes lasting memories, BUT you also had to deal with all the drama of traveling, making a temporary home, and feeding your family while away from the comfort of your own kitchen.
  2. Stuff to Do — There is always STUFF to do after a trip. Unpacking, laundry, cleaning the car, preparing for the next day, grocery shopping, pick up a pet, water the plants, etc.
  3. Schedule Adjustment — Depending how far you traveled and what your family schedule was while into on the vacation, sometimes a day (or more) is needed to help get everyone back on their regularly-scheduled program before work/school begins again.

 

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