Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Running Away from Home (but not too far!)

Its the craziest thing, but I ran away from home with my Mom not too long ago. She ran away from home too. Hee hee.

We checked into a hotel not even an hour from home!

You see, we had talked about doing a little fall get-a-way, but everything we talked about seemed rather expensive. Taking their motorhome would cost a lot for gas, and we could not go far. Driving anywhere would be costly. Hotel prices would be added to that. Plus, I had to find somebody to watch my girls and could not be gone from home too long.

So, we decided that, silly though it might be, we would just go to another town close by, check into a hotel, and spend some time together just relaxing. Mom brought her knitting, and I brought my scrapbooking. We brought our swimsuits for the pool and hot tub, and a bottle of wine, and our favorite books. It was heaven!
View from our window:

Our hotel was on the beautiful Kenai River, so we took walks along the water and enjoyed watching the late silver salmon roll in the waves. We enjoyed the last of the fall leaves blowing by our faces. That night we watched talk shows and giggled like little girls. Mom wanted icecream, so we dumped our purses and seached through our coat pockets looking for enough change to get icecream bars out of the machine in the hall. Then we ran down there in our pajamas and bare feet, trying to sneak back into the room before we were seen. I had never even heard of Choco Tacos but they were good!

We had such a great time! But time passed way too quickly, and it was time to head for home. Mom said something about too bad we could not stay longer, and I jumped on it. I called my babysitter, and she said she could stay with the girls another night! We called the front desk, and they said why yes, our room was available that night as well. Too cool! We felt wicked and spoiled and it was a delicious feeling. There was a restaurant we had been wanting to try, so we went there for dinner and the brick-oven-baked pizza was garlicky perfection.

The whole trip left me feeling refreshed and de-stressed. My schedule had been moving along pretty fast, and it was lovely to slow down and have some time with Mom. Life is always uncertain, and we need to grab every opportunity to be with the people we love most, to just walk with them, listen to them, laugh with them, and fight over the last glass of wine with them. Mom is my best friend, and I'm just lucky in every way to have somebody like her as my mother. We always have fun together, and we can be as goofy as we want, and not have to worry about acting normal. LOL.

Thanks Mom! And I agree with you, this needs to be an annual trip. I'll bring the Choco Tacos...


Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

Oh I just love this post!!! What a wonderful wonderful story of you and your mom!!! I can see the both of you having a great relaxed girly time...I'm even more relaxed after just reading of your adventure!

I need one of those...and love the idea of a weekend getaway, and yes, just to the next town!

The Empty Envelope said...

Aw fun!!!! We don't have mom anymore, but I should talk my sister into something like this when she gets a long enough break from school.

And Choco Tacos!! I love those, can't eat them anymore with my newly discovered peanut allergy.

Leah said...

I'm so glad you two had such fun. And for the record, I was invited, too! :) But my hubby wasn't out of town like the two of yours were. Had I known about the Choco Tacos, though... heh heh

Love ya,

Loquacious said...

Oh, that sounds so fun. I need something like that! A getaway, but not too far. *plot* Good idea.

Creative Junkie said...

Can I just say how much I envy you? To have such a great relationship with your mom, to get away for a couple of nights, to have so much fun and come back relaxed?


Mandi said...

I loved your post! What beautiful pictures, but the story was even better! It definitely inspired me to talk my mom and sister into having a girl's weekend sometime soon! Glad you had fun!

KraftyKerilou said...

Sounds likea great time! My son loved Choco Tacos. He tries to talk me into getting him one from the corner store all the time! He would agree with you!!
Maybe this could be your new tradition!

Julee... said...

What a great post! You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful relationship with your Mom and to have had such a fun time together! That first picture of the two of you together is so sweet.

I love the playlist you have on your blog as well. I may have to go download "Put Your Records On" now!

Kim said...

Aw, this makes me miss my mom sooo much. What a great idea for a weekend--and a fun tradition to start with your mother!

Anonymous said...

it sure looked like fun mom!
and yes, we missed you (even though Naomi was here!)
Chena D.

Carole said...

That is so awesome. My Mom is gone now, but we never had a relationship like you have with your Mom. I hope at least I can be the kind of mom my DD can have so much fun with and be able to talk to like you and your mom.

Denise K. said...

So happy to read about your great trip with your mom!!! You are so wise indeed to enjoy your time with her, and savor all those wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing your adventures, and the great idea to just get away close by...a wonderful ideas for friends and mother/daughter duos! :-)

P.S. The riding lessons are going great! I got to trot over ground poles using the two point "jumping position" and am just learning about cantering. Too fun...just expensive at $35 a lesson...I think I need my own horse!laska?!? :-)
P.P.S. Thanks for your kind blog comment was so encouraging and I SO appreciate it!

Mary said...

You are so lucky to have your mom - gosh I loved this post. I never took the time to do anything like that with my mom and I really regret it. Thanks for reminding me to seize the moment!