10 May 2010

things i learned this weekend...

the girlies three bought me a fat flying mountain bike for mother's day. and so we rode all weekend, through trails and mud and logs lying in our path and even to the doughnut shop.




i swear. i've never felt so strong and free.

add that to a chilled-out birthday celebration for uncle sugar and a sneak-away sushi date for just the two of us plus only one tearful brawly girlie bedtime, and i'm feeling rather lucky this monday.




i'm going away for a few days this week. flora june's mom asked me to represent her at toyota sienna's design and drive event in newport beach.

any mewing from the girlies three about me leaving is totally overshadowed by their hope that i get to meet celebrities. namely, them.




i have to tell you. i feel supremely guilty about flying away from my girlies three. i do. it feels...selfish. but i suppose it'll be the reset button we all need every once in a while. do you ever leave? like, for days? say yes. in fact? tell me you leave your families for weeks at a time. a month, once. and not even for work-ish stuff. pretend you went on holiday. {sigh.} grow up, karey. xoxo.

photos here. i'm totally dressing like this all summer.

26 comments:

LouBoo said...

Hi Karey - I have, I have - this might soothe you. When my little girl was three my husband won an award at work that was a trip to Hawaii. So we live in England. Hawaii is about as far as you can travel round the globe without starting back on yourself. ie LONG way. No way to 'pop' home.

So - we were away for nine days. Yep NINE. I cried all the way but you know what? When I got there it was just the best time and I realised all the worry had been just me and my guilt. We had a ball and at home, with the grandparents, so did she. It's hard to leave, but as my husband says some things in life are hard for a reason, they make you stronger. So try it, you might like it x

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

your weekend sounds like a tick in nearly every box petal, now that's cool.

i say go live it large at newport beach. my eldest bare-face-dared me to bust out and have some fun in the m-day card he gave me. hell, i might try livin it large too!

xoxox

Kelly and Kelly said...

No I don't/haven't. We left the girls a few weeks ago for the first time ever and it was a reset and recharge and lovely. I do have future plans for more of this for me though. It's just a ways off being pregnant and all.

Callie Grayson said...

Karey,
Have a great time. I don't have children so I don't have any advise sorry. But I do know when you get home they will run up to you and hug you to death and cover you in kisses!

Love that first image, need to make a head dress of feathers for the summer!
xx
callie

goodniteirene said...

um, hola?!! am i going to get karey time?! i leave for costa rica on thursday, but i'm dying to see you.
i'll buy a Sienna if i have to.
xo!

Melissa de la Fuente said...

I have a confession....I left for a week months ago and haven't gone back. They are still looking for me...
:) GO! HAVE FUN! You deserve it my darling! Hope you have a blast!
xo
Melis
ps I will dress like this too, just to be like you & can we talk about the SAH-WEET deal those two have with that campaign? wow.
xo

The Lil Bee said...

Happy Mother's Day, K! Enjoy your few days away. We're all allowed. It's good for us:) xo

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I didn't leave the kids often when they were young, but once in a while we would sneak off for a couple of days of pure, quiet bliss. Don't feel guilty...just bring them home a fun present!

A-M said...

Oh yes, I feel empty when I leave mine... even though I know they are in good hands with Daddy and they are going to have a better time with him and do heaps of boy fun stuff....but you need me time, who am I time, enjoy! A-M xx

susan said so said...

yes, i did, and they were fine. so was i. yours will be, too. and so will you.

enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

xox,
susan

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Kristin said...

have a wonderful trip, Karey! And enjoy EVERY minute of it. Remember, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Not sure that your heart could actually grow any bigger for your girlies three (since it's already as big as the Grinch's after all the Whos down in Whoville start singing, but it will certainly make you look just as forward to getting home as you do to leaving for vacation.

Have a safe and happy trip!!

And me? I'm actually kicking my family out of the house this weekend! 6 childhood friends are coming from all parts for a visit and so Daddy and the Twinkies are heading to Grandma's for the weekend. Do I feel guilty? A little... but not enough to make me cancel my plans! ;)

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Joslyn said...

a bike...totally fantastic!!!!!!!!!

leaving is hard...but it's good. and after a few days it makes you a better mama. at least that's my M.O.

xoxo

Damaris said...

yes. and no. I am craving a solo trip soooo bad.

Kim in the Cove said...

Have a great time on your trip, Karey! You'll have a joyful reunion with your children to look forward to - and they'll have a tiny taste of independence in the meantime.

Anna Liesemeyer said...

so glad I found your blog. It is so lovely. Have a wonderful trip!

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Anne-Marie (10 Rooms) said...

Going away is difficult, but coming back refreshed and overflowing with love for those you missed is a great gift to yourself and them... hope you had a fantabulous time :)

Nikella said...

I leave the kids for days at a time since I work as a flight attendant. And you know what? I think it is good for all of us. I know that my husband takes great care of them (even though in a different way than I would...popcorn for dinner, anyone?) and I can honestly say the kids and I value the time we have together very, very much. Plus I get the cutest letters and notes and pictures stuffed into my suitcases. (And the occational teddy bear). Go, have fun and have a party with your girls when you come back!

Robin said...

I got a bike for my birthday and I lovelovelove riding it. do you remember the muppet movie where they are all riding bicycles? Yeah, I think of that whenever I am out for a ride :)

Vintage Simple said...

I have left Noah. In fact, Bill and I went away to a wedding for four days when he was around three - we left him with his grandparents.

It helped that the wedding was in beautiful Bermuda (ha! every time I say that I feel like that CAN'T HAVE BEEN ME. SO decadent..!)

Anyway. I missed him like crazy. I did. But it also did wonders for myself. And Bill. Double-edged sword, I guess, for me. But we all made it in one piece. No permanent damage done. ;)

xoox,
-maria

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