mommycation (n) : a short leave of absence in which a mother embarks all alone to the destination of her choosing without the accompaniment of her husband or children, so that she may do as she pleases, as she sees fit, with no one to answer to but herself. the restoration of a small portion to a mothers sanity is also a possibility on these types of trips, thus adding to the appeal.
Deployment is literally right around the corner. Next week the hubs is gone for more ops, and will be gone for A WHILE, comes back for a minute, and then out again, and then back with a 72 leave block, and then gone. Gone, gone. As in, ‘bye bye honey! I’ll see you in a few
very long and hopefully not too stressful months alone with these monsters months! We’ll miss you, love!’. Once that happens I’m completely on my own for anywhere between 7 and 12 months. (In my mind I’m sticking with 10 months as I’ve heard that mentioned often as the projected time out, and it seems fairly realistic)
10 months I’ll be flying solo. Just me and the kiddos. And to be quite honest I’m really nervous about it. Yes, I know I can do this, but I have a million things running through my mind, anxieties building, ‘what if’s’ manifesting, and the realization of what 10 months on my own (because HELLO I’m a military wife and of course don’t live anywhere near family) looks like, all the while wishing that this deployment would just hurry up and start already so I could quit having to deal with the ‘Daddy’s gone/Daddy’s home/Daddy’s gone’ with my kids and just our life on a regular schedule! *deep breath*
I’ve decided I need a Predeployment Mommycation. I need a little getaway to refresh, rejuvenate, and relax. A little getaway so I can unwind and de-stress. I mean, if we moms don’t take care of ourselves and have a little personal recharge time, our stresses are only going to build and pour into our children in the form of not enough patience and quickened irritability. That’s not the mom I want to be. Especially when I know my children are going to need me to be a strong and nurturing mom, not an easily frazzled one while their daddy is away.
So let’s get to the good stuff!
Where am I going? I’m actually doing a little staycaton right here on Camp Pendleton’s San Onofre Beach. You can either pitch a tent and camp there or you can rent cottages (1, 2, & 3 bedrooms available) that overlook the ocean. And? Very affordable. I’m renting a 1 bedroom and checking in on a Friday afternoon and checking out on Sunday in August.
What am I taking? This is the fun part. For the first time in 5 years I only have to think about myself and what I want or need on my little stay-away-cation. So here’s what I’ve got so far:
My mini spa to go:
- 2 packs of Eyedews. That’s 6 applications. I’ve been slacking on my dewage, so I’m planning on some major, uninterrupted hydration.
- Some of my delicious Coffee Body Scrub. I plan on taking advantage of this time to indulge in some skin exfoliation and hydration.
- A DIY Hair Protein and Moisture Treatment… because this is another of those things I never get enough time to myself to do at home.
My Kindle Fire. I’m curious as to how many books that I’ve been dying to read lately I can get through in 2 days. Any suggestions on some good reads?
Laptop. I know… I KNOW!! I should leave this at home. But seriously? No kids? No hubs? I’d be a fool to not cash in on this.
Food. This part is tricky. What do I want to take with me? What would you want to take?
OH! And of course my camera.
So that’s it so far! My plans for my #sfmMommycation.
If you could have a Mommycation, what would you take? What would you want to do?