Dear Helen Hartman,
Who came up with the term ‘family vacation’? The kids are off from school. The hubby is off from work. Mommie (me) may be off from her day job but that only leaves her more time to do her other work, planning, feeding, kid keeping, driving and at day’s end a hubby expecting an extra exciting game of hotel… um, hokey pokey (if you know what I mean).
Help! I’d love to have a vacation from my family vacation
Dear Loved One,
As soon as you get home take your own vacation – Helen Style. Lucky for you Helen is on vacation this week and can teach by example.
First: The Official Uniform of a MOD Vacation:
That’s MOD - MOM OFF DUTY!
Rip the hands off… Whoa… back away from Hokey Pokey Hubby, Missy and let me finish… rip the hands off the clock (or in this case, just buy one because it’s pretty and needs fixin’ and Don’t you DARE fix it (the clock… fix hubby? That’s between the two of you) and ignore the schedule for a few days.
If he wants to get up to some monkey business suggest another game… he can dress up like a cowboy and then get his little red wagon in gear and pick up all those socks and undies he’s left lying around. Ahhh that's the way to a woman's heart! (this little wagon is a new junky find – too cute, huh?)
Do something nice for yourself and come back with a little sun on your face and hair, even if you have to paint it on there yourself. (pins again – I love vintage pins!)
Go junking, thrifting, antiquing or whatever you call it (these are a few of Helen’s finds on her vacay so far – sure they’ll pop up in detail later)
Curl up with a good book (Yes, I wrote this one and it’s out this week but no pushing to sell it. It’s not Helenesque but a sweet romance with Christian world view, fyi so if you see it you can say – hey I know who wrote this!)
Enjoy yourself and watch out for bed bugs... but if you find them, I hope they are the Hellen approved kind - vintage fun that's all bling and no bite!
No Matter how you find time to do it, find time for yourself - indulge your inner Helen and be kind to yourself.
You deserve it!