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We are on a break.

[dropcap]O[/dropcap]nce a year I pack up for what is likely the most anticipated and most necessary weekend  of all weekends: the moms get a sanity break shopping weekend extravaganza.  And alas, the weekend is finally here and I am spending some much needed quality time with my girliefriends.  After 72 hours with this wonderful women, I will come back shiney and new, excited to take on all the roles that I play in this crazy life.  Here are a couple of lessons I've learned since we started this tradition in 2006.

The kids are okay without me.  They will survive. In fact, they will get some much needed one-on-one time with their Dad, will likely get spoiled and see Grandparents at some point.  Why is it that grandparents flock to the side of a single-parenting father to help the minute a mom goes away for a weekend?  Maybe because when the momma isn't around you do get some great uninterrupted time with them because they aren't spending every minute pestering me..... MOM, MOM, Mom, Mom, Mommy, maman, Ma, Deena, Mama....I swear my kids are obsessed with me.  And yes, they will pout and put up a stink that I'm leaving, but I know, deep down, that they will create some valuable memories with their Dad.

I need my friends in my life.  I need to work on my friendships, even when I have been friends with these ladies for 30 years.  Regardless the length of the friendship, it still needs fuel for the fire and this weekend provides tons of that, along with all the memories it creates.  I hope our annual tradition continues as we age; I know I will always need my friends in my life.

Roadtrips are good for the soul.   Especially when you're driving on endless highway with nothing but farmer fields and the endless Saskatchewan/Alberta skies surrounding you.  I don't know, it's something about the simplicity that makes me appreciate the bigger picture.  I plan on taking my good camera this time and taking some nice pictures of what is home to us.  We typically go to Edmonton or Calgary, in fact it was just at the beginning of the school year that we did our last year's trip. You can read about our adventures in Banff here.  This year we're heading the 5ish hours to Edmonton and staying in the mall at Fantasyland.  In fact, we probably won't even go outside on the weekend.  You can read about the last time we were in Edmonton here.

Stay tuned on Monday when I do my monthly numbers recap linkup and recap our weekend with numbers. Should be interesting.


  1. Have so much fun, can't wait to read all about it

  2. I am taking a girls trip in July and it can't come soon enough. I need a break from my house, my child and my husband. Enjoy yourself :)

  3. Living on Cloud Nine02 June, 2016 22:14

    HAVE A BALL sweet friend!!

  4. Girl time is so important! Have fun!

    Doused In Pink

  5. That grandparents flocking comment made me LOL. It is so SO true. I could seriously use a getaway too. Have fun!

  6. My kids are obsessed with me too! See you soon!

  7. Nicole Miller03 June, 2016 00:57

    Have fun!!!

  8. Can't wait to hear all about it! Enjoy the kid's obsession with you - as they get older, they get obsessed with other things :)!

  9. Have a great time. I completely agree about having to fuel your friendship on a regular basis. It's a relationship and every relationship needs tender, care and love in order to keep it thriving.

  10. What a fun tradition Deena and not going to lie, I am a little jealous! I love it! I can toooootally relate to the kids will be okay without you and that they'll definitely see their grandparents! I am headed to AZ in a few weekends and my husband has already mentioned countless times that he will be heading to my parents more than once! Ha! I hope you have the best time with your girlfriends!!! Take lots of pics and share with us when you get back!

    Xox Dana Ivy //

  11. Enjoy that soul filling. It looks so so fun!!

  12. It sounds like an awesome tradition! :) Hope that you have a very fun weekend - I'm sure you will :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  13. Katie Mitchell04 June, 2016 23:52

    Hope this weekend's been fabulous!! Awesome tradish. Also, the pic on insta and fb with the Muhammad Ali quote was the best I've seen this weekend!!

  14. Mall at Fantasyland? Sounds like my kind of place :) hope you are having a great weekend!

  15. Hope this has been every bit the fabulous trip that it was as you planned and anticipated it. Can't wait to read all about it.

  16. lol, I suppose you would know.

  17. Counting down the minutes? You deserve a break!

  18. AHHHH!! YAY Deena!! Good for you!!!! Makes me so happy that you bought it because I know how much you wanted it andddd it's just amazing, so there's that too!! You are going to LOVE! You'll have to tell us what you think about it on the blog!! Can't wait to hear!! Xoxo


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