Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

This time last week I was here – enjoying my last days on a Caribbean adventure, just the hubs and I. While we had a fabulous time, nothing compares to the feeling of holding my babies in my arms after 10 days apart.
Many friends have asked me how I was able to do it, to leave my children for such a long span of time. “I’ve only been away from my kids for one, maybe two nights, and I could barely make it through – the guilt almost killed me!” they said. The reality is that it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I have the most wonderful parents who love my children unconditionally, who practically begged to take them during our travels – and knowing that they would be safe, loved and well cared for, made it easier for me to be away.
Now that I’m back, I find that I have more patience, that I relish in the things that once made me crack. It may not last, but it’s good today, and that alone makes it all worthwhile to me. I have reshifted my focus, I’ve reset my priorities and I’ve refreshed my mentality, to savour the moments and let go of the controlling tendancies of yesterday.
Distance really does make the heart grow fonder!
I’m settling back into my regular routine, and with that comes participating in my favourite Monday meme – Monday Listicles with @NorthWestMommy – via @ZookBookNook. The prompt for this week is to share 10 of your favourite photos.
I’ve chosen to share 9 of my favourite photos (due to a restrictive collage layout) from my first week home after my vacation – via iPhone photo dump:
1) My dog, showing me in her own way that she needs some lovin’.
2) Couch snuggles with my little loves – mommy and me movie night.
3) Caught in the middle of a flash mob – you have no idea how excited I was!
4) My sweet baby boy, saying cheese over and over again, desperate for me to snap a photo.
5) My mom swiftly pulled out her bag of tricks at my cousin’s daughter’s 2nd birthday party!
6) A fabulous night of dinner and drinks with my best friends – they spoiled me with pre-bday gifts.
7) One of the best gifts: a full length adult sleeper, complete with feet, pockets, and a bum flap! Jealous?
8) Bouquet of yellow roses (my favourite) from my best friend of almost 20 years.
9) Movie date with my favourite little girl (Happy Feet 2 in 3D). Great way to finish off the week!


  1. I never thought I would say this but I am a bit jealous of your new PJ’s. What great shots, what happy life. It is so good to have you back and thank you for joining me over at Kim’s tonight!

  2. Oh my God, my husband’s dream – a onesie. Of course, since most men are lazy on the toilet, a onesie is out of a question. 🙂

    p.s. you look great in those though


  3. Love the trip and the reunion and oh my, yes- those jammies! 🙂

  4. Oh, those jammies!! Amazing. I didn’t even know they made them for adults!

  5. It’s so wonderful to come back refreshed and with renewed vigour for life! I think I need a vacation sans kids soon too. Great compilation of photos. You look real cute in that adult sleeper.

  6. Your mom seems like a trip! I seriously thought she was the actual hired entertainment based off that photo!

  7. awww, such cute photos.
    And yes, I am jealous of the pjs.

  8. So sweet! Love the sleeper, though I can only sleep in boxers and a tank top because I get unbearably hot.

    Reading your post about being away from the kids made me more confident that I will be able to manage being apart from Lilah for 8 days in January. So thank you for that. Couple time is just as important as family time, and this helped remind me of that.

  9. I am so jealous! Of the jammies, the flash mob, and the snuggles. Though I do get kid snuggles pretty often. My oldest daughter wants us all to get/wear matching footie pajamas for Christmas 🙂

  10. I SO miss those PJs. Ha ha! Looks like a fantastic week, B!

  11. Oh the dog stole my heart! I’m with you on the absence. I am a tad worried about a 10 day Europe trip for my sisters wedding next year BUT it will all be ok!

  12. I so need a pair of pajamas like that.

  13. You had me on the floor at ‘butt flap’
    Its good to rejuvenate, it really is.
    Great pics!

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