Memories – We Made ‘Em

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When people say that moms need a break, believe it! When people tell you that you should get away, do it!

I’m back from a much needed retreat! I think that’s what I want to call it anyway, a retreat. Two of my girlfriends and I decided to treat ourselves to an overnight trip. We hit the road and headed south to San Diego. It was the perfect location. Just far enough from our homes in the L.A. area but still close enough that we weren’t stuck in a car forever. This little trip was all that I could have hoped it would be.

There was girl talk, wine, dinner and brunches. With the opportunity to sleep in, we couldn’t quite pull ourselves away for breakfast. I felt like we were close before but I feel even closer to my friends after some time to just be ourselves. It’s easy to forget what it’s like to just be you. Not the mom, not the wife, not the worker bee – just you. We each had a moment, while out shopping, where we just stopped and realized that we weren’t rushing to get through the store. There was no one with us that needed our undivided attention. There was no one waiting on us and there was no where that we had to be. Tasting that freedom again was beautiful. We shared our goals and dreams and provided support and sounding boards for each other. It’s amazing how much fun and how many memories we were able to squeeze in!Β  We made a promise that this is something that we’ll do a few times a year. We’ve already thrown out a possible date for the next one.Β  Napa, anyone?

San DiegoThe other great thing was my babies enthusiasm when I walked back in the house. They were so happy to see mommy. They were screaming and smiling. It was a love fest full of hugs and kisses and snuggles. They told me about the great time they had with my husband. He took them shopping, they had a movie night and went to the park. It was great for him to get some one one one time with them. He works no less than twelve hours a day and they are usually getting in the bed when he comes home. He got a chance to really enjoy his babies.

I know that I’ve only been back a few days but I’ve found that I’m more patient with them. I’m just more relaxed overall. I’ve also come up with a ton of ideas for things I’d like to work on and get off the ground. I woke up Sunday morning and wrote them all down. I didn’t want to forget a thing. Good food, good friends, amazing support – what could be better?! Mission accomplished! I can’t wait to do it again.

Any kid-free trips coming up for you?

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50 Responses to Memories – We Made ‘Em
  1. Andi
    September 16, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    How fun and well-deserved! Napa is amazing for girlfriend trips – I’ve done it and loved it!

  2. Jenna @ A Savory Feast
    September 16, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    This is great! It was a lot of fun for you, and your kids got some bonding time with dad. Sounds like a win win to me.

  3. Erica
    September 16, 2014 | 3:41 pm

    Girl talk you could never go without..

  4. Lindsay
    September 16, 2014 | 5:07 pm

    Fun!!! All my friends have moved out of this state so I am literally friendless! I need to make some new friends because I miss the “girl time”.

  5. Kayli Schattner
    September 16, 2014 | 6:29 pm

    How fun! I so wish I had girlfriends that lived closer. I’m in an awkward stage because I work from home + don’t know a lot of people in my area– most of my girlfriends are so far now!

  6. The Accidental Mama
    September 16, 2014 | 7:53 pm

    Sounds like bliss! Jealous!
    The Accidental Mama

  7. Laurel Wads
    September 16, 2014 | 8:33 pm

    Get away trips are the best. It is hard to drop everything and just go. Glad you made the time to get away πŸ™‚

  8. Stefany
    September 16, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    I am heading to NYC for a few days next month. I miss my kids terribly when I leave but I am really looking forward to that time too!

  9. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy
    September 16, 2014 | 9:27 pm

    Glad you all had a great girl’s trips!

  10. Erica
    September 16, 2014 | 9:50 pm

    So fun, no baby free trips for me for a long time, but I’m okay with that! πŸ™‚

  11. Brenda
    September 16, 2014 | 10:50 pm

    Awesome post! You guys definitely deserve it!

  12. Winter White
    September 16, 2014 | 11:18 pm

    Having time for you whether you have children or not is essential. It only helps to make you stronger so that you can be there for those you love. So glad you had a good time. San Diego is super fun!

  13. Fi
    September 17, 2014 | 12:43 am

    Sounds like such a fun and relaxing trip. I wish I could have a girly trip away!

  14. Lashawn
    September 17, 2014 | 4:18 am

    Awww! That’s sounds awesome! I haven’t had a trip by myself in YEARS! BUT! I am going to blogalicious by myself in November. I can’t wait!!!

  15. Shipra
    September 17, 2014 | 6:25 am

    Aw, that is the BEST part! Being away from your babies is hard, but sometimes VERY important, but the greeting you get is PRICELESS! <3

  16. Katie Matthews
    September 17, 2014 | 8:03 am

    I think we all need times like this to relax with friends sometimes. It makes all the difference. I’m definitely going to organise a weekend with my girls soon!

    Katie <3

  17. Amby Felix
    September 17, 2014 | 9:37 am

    I love getting away from it all once in a while then missing your surroundings.

  18. Jessica Doll
    September 17, 2014 | 9:44 am

    It’s always good to get away even just for a little bit, I always feel like a better mom when I come back.

  19. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    September 17, 2014 | 10:57 am

    Looks like you had so much fun!

  20. Kendall
    September 17, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    Oh, momma. I completely understand – I always turn down chances to get away but sometimes you just NEED to! I’ve got a girls night scheduled this week and I can’t wait!

  21. Rebekah
    September 17, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    No kid free trips coming up unfortunately, too much else going on in life. One day soon I hope though!

  22. JoAnn
    September 17, 2014 | 10:19 pm

    I have a 14 month old son. I desperately need a girls weekend! Glad you had fun on yours!

  23. Lauren
    September 17, 2014 | 10:30 pm

    San Diego is so great! I love walking around the Gas Lamp District!

  24. Kay Adeola
    September 18, 2014 | 12:27 am

    Sounds like a great time.I do not have any kid free trips coming up but my kiddies do spend some weekends with their grandparents that is plenty break for me.

  25. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    September 18, 2014 | 2:59 am

    Actually yes, my hubby and I are going to NYC for the Macy’s Day Parade on Thanksgiving this year. We can’t wait.

  26. April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition
    September 18, 2014 | 3:04 am

    I love girlfriend getaways. It’s always so much fun and helps me refocus on my family and recharge my batteries. We definitely need some time away to have some me time every now and then.

  27. Janel (A Mom's Take)
    September 18, 2014 | 8:30 am

    Sounds like a fun and well-deserved trip for sure. I’m due for a weekend, or even a evening away.

  28. Shell
    September 18, 2014 | 8:47 am

    What a fun trip! I’m trying to organize a girls’ trip for this fall.

  29. Jessica (Savory Experiments)
    September 18, 2014 | 10:43 am

    No kids here, so all of our trips are kid-free. We did a lot of traveling over the summer in anticipation of possibly starting a family this fall πŸ™‚

  30. Alyssa
    September 18, 2014 | 12:21 pm

    Oh my goodness how fun! I’m so glad you got to go out with your girlfriends!!

  31. Chrystal @ YUM eating
    September 18, 2014 | 1:05 pm

    Sounds like so much fun. A good friend of mine lives in SD and I have always wanted to head that way for a visit.

  32. Pam
    September 18, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    Kid free trips are always a great way to relax. I recently got to take one with my husband and it was really nice.

  33. Kristen
    September 18, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    We’re about to welcome our second daughter so no, nothing good travel wise on the docket but hopefully next year! I agree with you completely in when you can DO!

  34. Brett
    September 18, 2014 | 4:59 pm

    I haven’t done a girl trip since before I got married. But I need to. You are kicking me in the pants to plan it!

  35. Liz Mays
    September 18, 2014 | 5:32 pm

    I was wondering how it went! I’m so glad you had a great time and felt refreshed!

  36. Nicole Brady
    September 18, 2014 | 6:26 pm

    I always feel guilty when I’m away from the family. My husband encourages me to look into blog-related conferences because it’s for work. But I feel guilty even for that! I’m excited for a quick few day trip to ThinkTank next month though.

  37. Danielle @ We Have It All
    September 18, 2014 | 7:54 pm

    Sounds like so much fun! I’ve never had a girl trip, I’d love to do something like that.

  38. lauriel
    September 18, 2014 | 9:08 pm

    Awww, good for you for getting a much-deserved break from motherhood with your best girlfriends! And bravo to the guys that made it possible. πŸ˜‰ That’s so important to keep your sanity and makes for a better relationship all around.

    Hope you can do Napa sometime! Eating/drinking your way through Yountville and the wineries is one of my fav activities. Also, getting oysters along the coast in Tomales Bay is a must-do, if you’re in the area. πŸ™‚


  39. Victoria
    September 18, 2014 | 9:28 pm

    Hi Cam,

    I think when Mommy needs a break an overnight trip is just long enough to do that. Overnight allows you to enjoy your time without feeling guilty – it is just one night! Anything more than that will leave mommy and the kiddos too stressed and defeat the purpose.

    Glad you and your girls had a wonderful time down in SD.

    Mom Does Reviews

  40. Stacie
    September 19, 2014 | 5:43 am

    Glad you got to go and had an awesome time!
    Of course we all need that! I’m trying to squeeze 1 in soon!

  41. Beth@FrugalFroggie
    September 19, 2014 | 7:05 am

    I would love to have a getaway. I so need a break!!

  42. Donna
    September 19, 2014 | 7:25 am

    As an older mom, take my word on this… you have to take care of yourself to be able to take care of others. If you are at your best, you’ll have your best to give. πŸ™‚

  43. Marybeth Hamilton
    September 19, 2014 | 9:10 am

    You and your friends are so cute! I do agree with taking a break every once in a while. Everyone should get a vacation from their jobs πŸ™‚

  44. Krystal
    September 19, 2014 | 10:36 am

    I would love to plan a girls cruise! Booze and beaches! Sounds awesome.

  45. Christie
    September 19, 2014 | 11:09 am

    Always fun to have a girls weekend! I’m actually having one right now at Type-A Parent!

  46. Tracey
    September 19, 2014 | 12:22 pm

    Girls weekends are the best. This seems like a really awesome trip!

  47. Tess
    September 19, 2014 | 12:27 pm

    I’ve never been to New York city but it I would like to go Sunday right now we’re going to head to Florida Disney World out-of-the-way LOL

  48. Ann Bacciaglia
    September 20, 2014 | 7:19 pm

    Me time is so important. I have two out of town events coming up and I can not wait to go and have some me time.

  49. Racquel
    September 22, 2014 | 11:07 am

    2 weeks ago I was fortunate enough to take a couple of little trips. I don’t get away from my littles often and grown up time is really limited. It was such a nice treat!

  50. alice
    October 3, 2014 | 6:49 am

    I haven’t got children myself but I agree that it’s so important to always build in ‘you’ time! You can’t put anyone first unless you look after yourself πŸ™‚ sounds like a great trip!

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