Kicking the wife out of the house

You might have read about me on a few occasions. I’m Jen aka thatgirljen, or
here I think I’m lovingly referred to as the wife or the Mrs. My over-time job
is being the mom, wife and partner. But enough about me. Today I wanted to share
something that has improved MY/OUR quality of life; I have Josh to thank for it:
the momcation.

What is the momcation?

I’m sure Josh has posted about his time at Sumo, and maybe even about their
bi-annual company retreats. Well a few years ago, after his first
retreat, Josh realized just how important it is to sometimes get away (without
the family in tow), and not worry about the normal day-to-day life. It’s healthy
to take time to recharge, reflect, make some memories or have a new experience
that you then come home to share.

Like many moms do, I tend to put the kiddo, Josh, the pugs, and family life
first. I’m like Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy. Now, at least once a
year, I’m kicked out of the house. Not to say I’m homeless for a weekend, but
I’m on vacation with a friend or sister. I try and choose a place I’ve not yet
, keeping my mom-cation locations with-in the good old USofA
and usually a 2-3 night stay. Just long enough to have a little fun, try a few
new restaurants, sight-see and maybe even take cheesy tourist tour. I think many
moms, wives and girlfriends, once in a relationship, we become party of that
entity. It’s important to remember who you are and what makes you… you. But
that might have to be a whole different post for another time. 😉

At first I had a little bit of “mom-guilt”. Being away from the family, having
FUN… without them? This was a new, almost foreign concept. However, after my
first night away, I settled right into the idea. It’s been a great opportunity,
and I come home naturally rejuvenated and excited! I love picking out a special
little souvenir for each of them. Josh, LaPetite and the Pugs are always on my
mind. What I think about when I when I fall asleep. Who I worry about when I’m
not with them. But having a little momcation allows me to miss them for just a
bit, and appreciate them more for who they are, all they do, and how important
they truly are to me.

So if you have a special someone that’s your 366/25/8 – surprise them. Kick them
out of the house. Give them a momcation. Let them know how much you appreciate
all they do and that it’s ok to have a break and take a little time for

Feel free to comment below, I’m open for suggestions and ideas on where my next
momcation will take me.

Josh Sherman - The Man, The Myth, The Avatar

About Josh

Husband. Father. Pug dad. Musician. Founder of Holiday API, Head of Engineering and Emoji Specialist at Mailshake, and author of the best damn Lorem Ipsum Library for PHP.

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