This past weekend was what every Mommy needs. It was a chance for great friends to get together, taking a break from their families. It’s not that we don’t love our families or that we wanted to shirk our responsibilities. It’s that we needed a recharge. In order to be the best Mommy for your family, sometimes you need to step away from them. And boy did it work for me! Here is a ‘brief’ recap of this weekend.
First, let’s just say the cabin was A.DOR.A.BLE! It was just the right size for the five of us. It had a comfy couch and a gas fireplace. (Jen almost singed her eyebrows off trying to get it started – and the darn thing didn’t stay on!)
One of the best things about this cabin in the woods was that it had a HOT TUB! I’m not a huge hot tub fan, because it’s usually too hot for me to enjoy. Since we all agreed that it’s no fun to be too hot in a hot tub, we worked with the temperature to get it just right for the four of us (one is pregnant, so she didn’t get to get in). I think we all could have stayed in that thing the entire weekend. At just about every hour of the day, you could find at least one person in the hot tub. It was super relaxing!
Most of the weekend can be summed up with two words: Reading and Laughing. We could have gone hiking in a beautiful area of South East Ohio, but instead, we chose to stay in and relax. We brought a TON of books to read and some games to play. As I looked around from time to time, I noticed how relaxed our visiting was. At one point, two people would be deep in conversation, while the other three were playing board games. Then the dynamics would completely change and one person may be in the hot tub by herself while three or four others were enjoying reading or talking together. It’s hard to explain, but it was definitely wonderful to experience. At no time did anyone feel ‘left out’ or pressured to do what they didn’t want to do. (Except one time when I made Heather and Nichole play Scattergories and they didn’t want to!)
While we were blissfully sleeping through the night, and sleeping in as late as we wanted (which turned out to be 7:30 am), we were visited by a friendly, hungry little mouse. The zip-top bag our blueberry muffins were stored in was gnawed through, and one muffin was missing a considerable amount of its muffin top. I think we had a happy, fat mouse (probably hyped up on sugar overload) as our 6th cabin guest. Luckily we never saw it!
The highlight of the whole weekend (besides the many hours spent in the hot tub) was Saturday night. We decided to play Jenga; Truth or Dare, minus the Jenga part. Without going into much detail, let’s just say that we all must have lost 10 pounds laughing so hard (I wish!). Brooms were slow danced with, pregnant bellies were raspberried, and songs were sung at the top of our lungs. It was a riot.
The best part may have been when I drove into the driveway, and my husband and son were there to greet me. You could see the excitement in Jack’s face as he pointed and shouted at his Mama. Rick looked more handsome than ever, even though I’m pretty sure he didn’t manage to get a shower all weekend. (That’s a skill that takes months to perfect.) I was glad to be home.
I highly recommend a Mommy Retreat to any and all mommies. Every mommy needs a break from her kids and husband. It makes us love them that much more!
*Thanks to Heather for letting me ‘steal’ all her photos. I left my camera at home with the bebe and daddy and wouldn’t you know, no pictures were taken all weekend! I could have taken mine after all!