This post is sponsored by Toyota. All opinions are my own.
Our recent trip to Florida was amazing! However, leading up to it, I was full of worry and anxiety. We were leaving our little one for the first time. For a week. Until you’re a parent, you really don’t understand or think about things like taking a trip without your kids. When we started planning for our five year anniversary trip, we really considered taking our 15-month old with us. However, we knew that it wouldn’t be a very relaxing vacation. We are in the stage where he likes to be home. He loves his environment and routine. A trip that involved three different cities, two airplane rides and a large amount of time spent in the car probably wouldn’t be fun for anyone. We were blessed that my mom volunteered to stay with our little one at our house for the week and I know they both had a great time. As the trip got closer, I wasn’t sure how to feel. Excited we were getting away as a couple to celebrate a milestone? Sad we were leaving him? Worried I would cry the entire plane ride there? All of these were things I felt. Thankfully, it all worked out and we had a wonderful kid-free getaway. Today, I’m sharing some of my tips for how to have the perfect kid-free getaway.
Get help you can trust.
I think this goes without saying, but, get help that you can trust. Sure, you may trust the teenager down the street to watch your kids while you go out for a date night – but trusting that same person to watch your children while you are out of town is different. We were blessed that my mom was able to watch our son and we knew he was in wonderful hands.
It’s ok to cry, but don’t dwell.
I cried a bit the morning of the trip, when I thought about leaving our little one. It’s just a momma thing. Some people may think I’m crazy, that’s ok. I probably am. However, if you are sad-it’s ok to cry. It’s NOT ok to dwell on being sad. Remind yourself that they are in perfectly capable hands and that you will see them soon. Also, remind yourself that you likely won’t have a getaway like this again for awhile, so enjoy it!
Change your screensaver.
Seriously. Of course my screensaver on my phone is an adorable picture of our little boy. When we got to the airport, I looked at it and started to get sad. I immediately changed my screensaver to a fun photo of my hubby and I. I know it sounds silly, but it helped!
Spend some time just talking about who you were before kids. Take your wedding album and look through it together. Go for a romantic dinner. Focus on yourself and your hubby. It’s ok to have a ‘kid-free’ dinner, where you don’t talk about them and where you focus on your marriage. It will help you both be better parents!
Do something fun!
For us, that meant spending time fishing, relaxing on the beach and eating delicious food.
We also had the cutest car for our trip- a 2017 Toyta RAV4! Everything about the car from the gorgeous deep blue color to the navigation system made you feel like you were driving a luxury SUV. We spent time driving all through southern Florida and up the Gulf Coast and driving the RAV4 was so much fun! Not only was it amazing on gas, it was roomy (as you can see, we travel with A LOT of stuff), comfortable and cute! With a moon roof, navigation system, spacious interior and large cargo area-the RAV4 was perfect for our couple’s getaway but also a great family vehicle!
Our getaway was the perfect trip for us, much needed and so fun. It was wonderful to reconnect after a crazy couple of years and I am so thankful we had the Toyota RAV4 to drive around, holding hands and singing at the top of our lungs like we did when we first met!