Thursday, January 13, 2011

Happy Travels

Yesterday, at the awesome blog Avante Garde Parenting, I was featured as the parent of the week! This blog is a must for all parents who want to be good parents. She offers great tips, and my favorite: parenting quick challenges. Go check it out!

My husband and I left the children with my mother for a couple of days and flew off to Philadelphia. What a lovely little city! We had just one night and then the next day (yesterday) spent in meetings, but what a night! I love being in a city where we can walk to anywhere. We had a fantastic dinner at a little tapas place called Amada and then walked into a tiny bar where there was a jazz duo playing. You simply can't find such things where I live! We walked back to the hotel in the snow, which if you watched the news you know was really coming down by then! It was magical.

I feel a touch guilty for one thing: I didn't really miss my kids! Is that abnormal? Both my husband and I relished the peace and quiet, the uninterrupted romantic dinner and the full night of sleep (I didn't get out of bed for 8 hours in a row - though I did wake up at 2am wondering if I should be doing something!). I'm happy to be home and I got some amazing hugs this morning, but boy did I enjoy having two days and one night off!

How do you feel when you're away from your kids?


  1. Thanks for the mention, but most importantly- good for you for taking some time off! You so deserve it and I'm glad you enjoyed it!! I think it's so important AND it makes you a better parent.

    I've never been to Philadelphia but it sounds delightful :)

  2. I wanna fly off somewhere and do something romantic like that...without the kids for once...*sigh*

    Hi! I'm your newest follower from the Social Parade Blog Hop! Hope you'll return the favor! See ya there??!! :)

  3. congrats to you for both being featured and for enjoying some time away without the kids! It's good to do that every now and then! We all need a break!

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  4. We all need a vacation to focus on ourselves once in a while and it definitely doesn't mean that we love our kids an ounce less if we enjoy the time away from them. I'm glad that you had such a nice time!

    Thanks so much for joining us for Friendly Friday! Have a great weekend!

    (In answer to your followers question... time. Lots of time and continued blogging!) :)

  5. Hi! I'm a new follower of your awesome blog.
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  7. Some great tips-with 4 kids and a small biz, I can use all the help! Following you now ;0)

  8. I am a new follower .. lovely place you have here (I too am a middle of the night wet bed changer and also trying to lose weight, 13lbs so far! come by for a visit Thanks!

  9. Congratulations on your award. quite the honor, and thanks for letting me know about Avante Garde. Interesting sight, even if my child is now a teenager.

    Getting away is always tricky, but I've been making it a priority. On the first day I feel such a relief because I'm not having to stay alert all the time. By day two, I'm relaxed. Then on that rare occasion when there's a day three, I begin to wonder what my daughter is doing. Day four, I REALLY wonder what she's doing, and by day 5, I'm ready to come home.

    Typically though, I'm away for one evening with my hubby, and when that happens, I go on trust that all is well so I can just relax

  10. I'm not even sure my first post went through. Ah, us newbies....

    OK,as I said I'm new. It's someone else who is following me, and they joined your site. Anyway, I still love your blog and follow you. I'd love a follow back.

  11. Yes, I see my first post did not go through. I just wanted to say congratulations on your award and I'm so glad you enjoyed Philadelphia. I lived there for a while and spent a lot of time just wandering around - there is so much to see. I hope you can get back someday (with your kids!).

  12. Congrats to being parent of the week!


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