“Mum-cations” – Selfish? Lucky? Necessity or as the sign says “whatever it takes”?
I went away last week for 3 nights to the beautiful Noosa (sorry if the over excitement was too much for you on FB or Instagram!) with some dear girl friends. I absolutely love Noosa and I love my girl friends. I also love my family very much but I really needed some time away to regroup, refocus and refresh. Do you ever feel like that?
If you do but can’t take a break, why not just pretend and soak up the view here….
My Mum made a comment that got me thinking though, that I was very “lucky” to be going away. Yes, I am very lucky to be able to go to a beautiful part of the world, with lovely friends, eat amazing food, drink great wines, relax and be family free for a few days, I recognise that I’m VERY lucky to be able to do that. But I think my Mum was meaning more than that, it was more a of different generation view on things. “Mumcations” just weren’t done when we were growing up, well not where we were anyway. We did travel, a lot, but as a family. My parents also went away without us to conferences and things and Mum got to do the “ladies” part of the programme but Mum only had her first “girls” holiday a few years ago, a long, long, loooong time after we had all flown the coop.
Did your Mum take breaks without the rest of the family when you were growing up?
Times have changed and people and our expectations are different these days too, I don’t know if that is right or wrong, a bit of both probably, but it just is. Clearly, I’m in favour of a “mumcation” but would love to know your views on it, feel free to comment below.
Everyone seems tired at this time of year and the next few weeks are quite intense in the lead up to end of year and Christmas. There was some pressure building up in our house, sibling rivalry seems to be peaking (will gladly accept any advice on that), long hours on the laptop while I’m trying to figure out this whole blogging thing, GT as usual long hours and pressure with his work and just general crankiness which I’m sure is very common across the board. For me, some time out was a way to reconnect with my close girlfriends that I don’t often get to see as we don’t live nearby, to take a step back from it all and be able to appreciate it how lucky I am to have a healthy, and most of the time, happy, family and to get some perspective on life while being removed from the day to day routine. A bit of “me” time made me appreciate “them” a whole lot more.
For my family it gave them a chance to spend more time with each other without Mummy around being the boss and to spend some more time with Granny who stepped in to help out a bit too, thanks Mum!
GT did mention to a friend that I had made it easy for him by having everything organised before I went away so all he really had to do was to get the girls out the door in time for school, hopefully appropriately dressed and hair done (if my plan worked he won’t bat an eyelid when I do it again next year!).
Nothing like watching a playful pod of dolphins to start your day!
So enough of my musing but I would love to know your thoughts on taking time out from your family.
Here are some photo’s and a gastronomique tour of Noosa so you can take a virtual break right now and feel like you have had a holiday too.
We got off to a good start with an unexpected rock star upgrade with the car from the airport (thanks to the G20 summit for all other cars being in Brisbane!).
A little bit cringe worthy turning up in a stretch limo but not complaining!
We arrived, the sun was shining and it was lunchtime so that means a casual lunch at Bistro C doesn’t it? We hit the beach after that and then had some sunset drinks back at Bistro C, just easing ourselves into it, cheers!
Dinner that night was at Locale, fabulous! Hands down the best restaurant we went to in Noosa and that is saying something. Really. Delicious. Food.
Next day we were up at sparrows, the sun was up at some ridiculous hour, can you believe no kids to wake you but no daylight saving either or blinds! Did not matter as there were no lunch boxes to do, fights to referee, library books to be found or hair to be done. We set off on am 8km walk to the point instead (got those 10,000 steps in early!), it is so stunning around there and I love that so many people are up and about starting their day with a surf, swim or walk. We discovered 10 Hastings St for breakfast. My kind of food, juices, coffee, smashed avocados….just yum. Sunning ourselves (sensibly of course) was next on the agenda before a fabulous lunch at Sails. Such at treat to be by the sea, lunching on amazing food, we were really relaxed and into the holiday thing by then!
As we’d had an enormous lunch we just had a moving tapas feast for dinner starting at the Noosa Beach House and then strolling on down to Miss Moneypenny’s, well we had done a long walk in the morning so we ate away!
Day 3 started with a repeat of day 2 up early, walk to the point, saw the dolphins at play (I love watching dolphins, do you) and back to 10 Hastings St for breaky. I had a coconut chia yoghurt thing that was amazing and I’m going to try to recreate it one day it was so good, and so pretty! The day was then magazine reading on the beach, some boogie boarding for some of us, such fun, and of course some retail therapy too (can cross some Christmas presents off the list). Beach holidays require ice cream whether you are with kids or not don’t they? How good is Massimo’s?
We decided to splurge and indulge ourselves (some more!) by having dinner at Ricky’s , so very good. And that was the end of the trip. Well actually no, as we were up so early the next morning, we had time for a quick swim and breakfast again at 10 Hastings, creatures of habit by this stage!
Noosa by night!
So, do you feel a bit refreshed after that? I most definitely am and it’s still lasting (for the moment) so I think most definitely worthwhile. I really think every Mum should take a break every once in a while, it doesn’t have to be a trip to Noosa, although how nice??? but a break from the every day even if it’s just for an afternoon or night does wonders for you.
The best thing about coming home was seeing the girls little faces light up when they saw me at school pick up. The worst….I’m not really sure how long it had been since a toilet had been flushed, nothing like that to bring you back to reality!
So please, let’s have a chat, what’s your view on all of this? And where to next?