Thursday, April 7, 2011

Finding Balance

Back home! Just got in from three wonderful days spent up with my hubby staying at his hotel. Three days to just be. That's it, just be. I didn't have to take care of kids or stop the dog from barking or anything but what I wanted to do. I felt utterly indulged. Starbucks, shopping, pool, nap, dinner out.
It just felt so good to be still. I purposely didn't take my laptop or camera. Wouldn't have taken the cell phone except I felt if one of my kids broke a leg, I should know.

All this time makes me think of how little time I spend on being still and finding balance. It is so hard to do as women. We multi task even when we shouldn't be. I rarely give myself a break and it takes its toll. We become grumpier, tired and worn down. I know I need to, but the needs of everyone else always seem to come first.

I think I will do this more often as it has been years since I was away sans kids. Three to be exact. I have an almost three year old so that explains the three years.
To renew oneself is so important to our mental and physical being. I missed me. Ha-ha!
Anyway, let's move on. Came home to these lovelies.

The lettuce has popped up and is in need of thinning.

Purple and yellow. Need I say more.

Take time to just be! 

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Kuki ") said...

Very wise advice...glad you enjoyed your "be" time. Your flower pics are can you not smile when flowers are to be found!

Faith said...

You hit the nail right on the head..we multi task even when we shouldn't be. How very blessed you are that you can go, and leave the children in good hands. I can't remember the last time I had a just be time..b4 kids no doubt. You are right it wears us down makes us grumpy & tired...I am there in that place right now. I will make every effort to follow your difficult in today's world. :(

The flowers spectacular, and look how pretty your lettuce is...we are still in the 40's here..but I have seedlings started (inside)....
ahh spring.....:)

Holly said...

So glad you found time to relax with your husband. Oh, so important! Yellow and purple, my favorites!

Sarah said...

Finding time for ourselves and as a couple is so important. Glad you enjoying your respite. The yellow iris are gorgeous. Just this morning I visited a friend's garden to see her yellow iris that were blooming. I need to add yellow to my mix. ~ Sarah

Bonnie said...

I think our thoughts are on the same train. I am anxiously awaiting my iris' to bloom. The yellow is lovely.

Olive Cooper said...

It is wonderful you two got away together. Now that my child is in college I find myself alone all the time during the day. So this is just a season of your life and I know you treasure it. The iris is gorgeous. hugs♥olive

Cozy Little House said...

And while you're taking time to just be, it adds to the fun if you're outside where you can enjoy sniffing the spring flowers! I'm so glad you indulged yourself. It will make you a better mother in the long run!

deb said...

the yellow and purple is just lovely!!!!

Jamie said...

What a wonderful thought--just TO BE. I would love for you to link up your post to my blog link up:


Mandie said...

I couldn't agree more. It is so hard to balance both family and sanity, lol. I am glad you had some time off to rejuvenate yourself :)

Cindy said...

So glad you had time to just be with your hubby, good for you and your marriage!

Your flowers are really coming along. I absolutely love yellow iris. I'm not sure if I will get any this year or not.

Mimi Sue said...

Beautiful iris! Glad you had some me time. When the kids leave home you'll have a lot more time for yourself. The mister and I have reconnected and we are so enjoying this time in our life. But in the meantime enjoy every minute with your handsome husband and adorable kids. Time will fly by and you'll miss the hustle and bustle. Mimi

Precious said...

The best thing you can ever do for your family is renew yourself. I am so glad that you so enjoyed it.

Your flowers are gorgeous.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I am glad you took the time to rest and enjoy spending time with your husband. I need that so badly, too! For now, I will have to live vicariously through you. Your irises are so pretty and bright! (I think they are irises...)

Have a great weekend!
Ricki Jill

Ann Nichols said...

Couldn't agree with you more! After all even the Bible tells us to "Be still and know that I am God..." We are meant to go to those quiet places every so often! Other wise...we can't even hear ourselves think!
Love your blog and am happy to be following along!

Jamie said...

Thanks for linking up! I really really appreciate it! I am your follower now and would love for you to either follow me or subscribe to my posts via email.

Next week I'll be posting another Thoughtful Thursday and would love for you to link up again and spread the word.

May heaven bless you,

blessedmom's simple home said...

So glad you had a wonderful time away with your hubby! You need to spoil yourself sometimes :-)

Your garden is looking beautiful too. Purple and yellow have been the colors of my flower garden this year too :-)

Diane Writes said...

Flowers in time for spring. In the case of my country, it's summer. :) I love the combination of purple and yellow too.

Kerin said...

What a wonderful treat to give yourself....time with your hubby :)
Love the purple and yellow flowers. Lettuce... really wonderful. We are still getting snow.
Hope you have a great weekend.

Lynn said...

Delightful and beautiful. See you next week for TT.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds like you had a great mini-vaca! The iris are just beautiful-enjoy:@)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Thanks so much for sharing these beautiful pictures at my party. I am glad you found time for this little vacation.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautiful colours!


The Tablescaper said...

Good for you that you got away, just you and your hubby!

Your flowers were the perfect welcome home.

- The Tablescaper