I couldn’t wait. The kids were going to my moms for a four hour play date and my husband and I would have the run of the house – in particular the POOL – for the first time since we moved in over two years ago!
These hot summer months in Texas keep us using that pool as a family almost every day unless it gets too dirty and we have to take a day or two off to clean it. No big deal, I just find something else for the kids to do.
Now it was OUR turn. Planned two weeks out, my husband and I were looking forward to having the pool to ourselves, to swim, float, and generally relax in it without a little one asking us to “hold me”, “watch me”, “catch me”, or “throw me”.
Don’t get me wrong, I love LOVE making memories with our girls, watching them flourish as a swimmer, pretending to be mermaids, all of it. But sometimes, after a particularly long and hot day, it would be nice to just relax in a quiet pool.
And now that day had finally arrived! Except for one significant turn – the pool had turned green!
Argh! Really?! Of all the times!! Needless to say, we were so disappointed that after we dropped the girls off at my mom’s that morning we couldn’t figure out what to do with ourselves. We had our sight set on that one thing we wanted so badly that when it fell through we didn’t have a Plan B. So we drove around a bit, went to lunch, came home and took a nap in a very quiet house. It was nice and relaxing, don’t get me wrong. But we both felt a great opportunity had been missed.
So the moral of our story? Have a Plan B when you plan your Mommy Time-Outs! Better yet, make a list of things you’d like to do and keep it handy. I have a list of MTOs I want to do when I am on my own, but not for when I am with my hubby and best friend.
Being prepared is key to having a productive, relaxing and effective Time-Out. So give yourself some options, don’t be afraid to go with the flow when things take a turn, and relax into whatever happens!
Have you ever had last minute changes that affected your MTOs? How did you handle it?