This weekend has been amazing, re-energizing, quiet and peaceful. A well needed break from the chaos and drama that plays out on a daily basis in our household.
My parents have been kind enough to have our three diamonds for a weekend stay. It is something that we are hoping will be a regular set up as my husband and I feel the need to have respite.
Over the last 70 + days myself and a few other adopters have been taking part in the #takingcare100 challenge. The idea is that you post a picture of something you've done to care for yourself once a day for 100 days. This helps you to make sure you do something caring for yourself at least once a day. I think when you are sharing this with others it encourages you to take the time to have a treat.
Self-care appears to be a hot topic in the adoption world at the moment and rightly so! If we as parents are not in a good place then how can we give the best to our children? I don't know how we could cope as a couple if we did not have the emotional and practical support from our family and friends.
So, this weekend we have enjoyed a walk in the forest, stress-free roaming around the shops, yummy food, bottle of wine, good T.V. and quality time together. This time is priceless!
As we walked through the forest today, I smiled as I realised how much nicer my husband and I are to each other when we are not having to constantly pick the kids up on their behaviour and the stress is just not there.
Do I feel guilty about feeling so free? No, not at all! I'm sure the girls are enjoying themselves and are enjoying being spoiled by their grandparents and we also deserve a break, a rest. I also have to think how I am going to manage the next two weeks and it's a great start to have a breather at the beginning of the holidays!
So, thank you mom, thank you dad and thank you to those who will be helping me survive the next two weeks!
Here are some pictures below of the things I have been doing to take care of myself - Yes, most of the pictures contain food! If you would like to join in on the taking care challenge click here.
Hannah has also set up a survey to research into adopter's thoughts on the topic of self-care. She aims to write a book to help parents to care for themselves. If you have a couple of minutes to spare please stop by and complete her survey - it would be much appreciated. Thank you! Please click here to go directly to the survey.
I hope the holidays are a happy time for you and your family and that you manage to find time to rest, eat chocolate eggs and take care of yourselves.