What A Vacation Can Do To Stress


This morning was a mom’s group meet up and I failed to see it had actually been moved from the park to one of the mom’s homes. We got to the park and it was so windy and exactly 46 degrees… In May folks…in Arizona!!

This Flagstaff weather is such a tease. Just when you think its warming up, suddenly it’s snowing again, or hitting you with freezing, bone-chilling winds, like this morning.

My kids were freezing! I was freezing, it was time to get back in the car and head someplace warm. One mom and her two-year-old daughter left literally right when we showed up because it was that bad. It was about 10 am, usually play group starts about 9:30, but people are often late. So I didn’t think anything of it but decided to text Jennifer just to let her know we were leaving in case she came after us. A few seconds later, she called me to tell me that the play-group was moved to another mom’s house! I was so thankful because JJ was in full meltdown mode thinking he wasn’t going to see his friends. Knowing it was simply moved, made him feel better about leaving the park.

I always love getting together with my mom’s group. I feel like I have a real connection with these ladies. It was nice to chat with other moms who are sharing my mindset now on not driving myself nuts keeping my house clean from the destruction of two little boys for imaginary guests! It was refreshing seeing other moms were feeling the way I was feeling. Prior to our vacation, I would feel so defeated at the end of the day if I didn’t get the floor swept and mopped each day. I had to have everything cleaned up, or  it meant I was failing as a mom. Well that mom has checked out, and the new go with the flow mom has checked in!

This of course doesn’t mean I’m going to open the door up and let the pigs in, it just means I’m going to let things go, if everything doesn’t fall right into place like I had planned it to. When does that ever happen with kids anyway? I’m not going to let the stress (I put on myself) of getting it all done, get to me. Who am I doing it for? My husband really doesn’t care, as long as he has clean dishes to eat off of, things to wear, and he isn’t stepping on Legos in the middle of the night, he’s a pretty happy camper with home life.

So when I feel stress building, I remind myself of that song from “Frozen”. 

Heck, sometimes I even start singing it right in the middle of stressful situations with the kids. It’s usually a head turner too! Not because my voice is just that good, 😉 I’m usually way off-key, but it’s what it does to the moment. Suddenly the kids who were screaming at each other, are now laughing at mom. 

Situation diffused.

So the stress I put on myself really is only from me. It’s my home if I want to let clothes sit in a basket for a few days before its folded, who cares? Just me right…and well I don’t care anymore. Life is short. I’m not gonna go to bed any longer thinking about the stuff I didn’t get done, and how I don’t have a perfectly well-kept home. With that new mindset, I have been able to enjoy my kids so much more this week without worrying about the mess they are gonna make.

I can tell you one thing, going on vacation, which we did last week to Disneyland, has helped me to see things from a better point of view. The stress can build, and only when it’s released, can you see that things just weren’t working before. It has helped me to realize what battles in my life just aren’t worth it anymore, what things I torment myself with that aren’t necessary and so on. I needed the break and that break influenced some changes in my life, and I’m actually getting a lot more accomplished just for having that “go with the flow” attitude instead of freaking out when we get home late from something and Braidy has missed nap time, or his nap might be later than normal. Big freaken deal right?!

Its ok! 

I’ve seen our vacation even have an effect on my husband.  Just days after getting back, he’s planning the next big vacation. We’ve always wanted to take a cruise, so maybe we will! Last night he was online looking for a unique cruise experience and he may look into the ones they have at P&O Cruises. I have been on a few, but never with my husband. It would be a first for us! So if you still want to look into a campervan rental business in Auckland to help plan your trip to New Zealand or you are also planning a trip to Disneyland, going on vacation can do a lot for your when it comes to relieving your stress. Plus, no matter where you go, you’ll have so much fun!

We also plan on going camping in September and it will be our first ever camping trip together. My husband has all this camping gear I bought him for Christmas years ago that we’ve never used! Plus little boys and camping kind of go together right? 😉

What fun things do you have planned for this summer?

About Heather Jones

I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

Heartfully Heather


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I'm just a wife and mom of two boys trying to find her place in this world. I enjoy walks around the lake, bible journaling, and RV camping with my family.

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