This past weekend my husband Paul and I had a rare weekend away without the kids. We have been married for 16 years and together for 22 years (where did the time go?) and have only been away together as a couple without the kids a few times since we had our first child 11 years ago. After such a crazy summer, filled with a ton of travel for me, a new puppy, and a chaotic schedule of camps, soccer games and playdates for the kids, we needed this time alone together as a couple more than ever before.
A weekend away along the South Shore of Lake Superior, home to the stunning Apostle Islands and quaint Bayfield, Wisconsin was the perfect antidote to a stressful, busy life. I realized how tense I have become and how incredibly important it is in life to take a step back and relax. I also realized how important it is for a marriage to have time alone together away from the kids. As much as we love our children, we rarely spend time alone together except for a nice dinner out or a walk around the lake with our dog. Getting away from it all together was the best thing we could have done!
I am incredibly grateful that we had six years together before we got married and another five years before we had kids. These years were so important to building a strong, healthy loving relationship and friendship. Once the kids came, life was turned upside down and there was very little time together as a couple. Only now that the kids have reached an age where they are more independent and easy, do we have more freedom to be together.
A weekend away reconfirmed how lucky we are to have each other and how important it is to get away. As I unpack the suitcase, I take a deep breath realizing that yes there are hundreds of photos to edit, untold stories to write and share, laundry to fold, school supplies to organize and a messy house to clean. Yet, this time I stop myself from getting overwhelmed and remember how fortunate I am to have married the love of my life, be blessed with two amazing children and a wonderful array of family and friends to keep me sane. I will bottle up this peaceful calm feeling for as long as I can for it will be awhile until we have another weekend away and free babysitters thanks to my mom and dad.
Stay tuned…the kids are back in school in one week! Where on earth did this summer go? I plan on returning to a more regular blogging schedule and look forward to sharing my stories from Romania and more.