When it comes to Mother’s Day, I always try to fit in a bit of time for me and the kids AFTER making sure that we have some special time planned to share with my mom and my hubby’s mom. I consider grandparents to be the top priority when it comes to Mother’s Day… I don’t know quite why, but that’s just my feeling.
However, despite our long standing extended family tradition of a shared meal with grandparents, aunts, uncles & cousins for Thanksgiving, this year I broke with tradition and stole away with my little family of 5 for a 3-night cottage getaway
…. it was positively perfection.
If you have been following Simply Fun Families this fall, you know that it has been a wild ride and I have been figuring out one technological puzzle after another… of course that leads to several dropped balls on the home front including the clean laundry spilling out of the dryer onto the floor for days at a time, and more last minute grocery runs (and I mean literally runs!) than I care to count.
Chalk it up to a BIG learning experience, but I found myself approaching October with a deep desire to slow down and disconnect from all of our many to-do lists, commitments, and have-to’s in favour of some old fashioned family time. And I made it happen. I didn’t completely let go of our family tradition of gathering with extended family for a visit and a shared meal. I asked if they would all join us the week before Thanksgiving for a visit. We totally enjoyed their company, and I am deeply grateful for everyone accommodating my re-jigging of a long standing family tradition in order to regain some much needed balance.
Coincidentally, I was able to get a much needed, much overdue visit with my dearest friend Vivian in the week leading up to Thanksgiving, and she gave me an incredible gift during our lunch visit. She shared with me a blog by Rachel Macy Stafford called “Hands Free Mama”. This woman’s writing really touched my weary soul, and I found myself thinking with a grateful heart all weekend long about how I can better manage a busy life and stay connected with my kids on an everyday basis. [Read more...]