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Welcome to the Mommy Break Project!  My name is Nicole and I am a working Mom living in the big city with my two beautiful children and husband.  My mission is to be intentional about putting "me" first for an entire year at least once a week so that I can achieve the perpetual state of "happy mommy" .   That's 52 Mommy Breaks!  I get excited just thinking about the possibilities!   I hope that my journey inspires you to do the same!  Enjoy! 

Week #15 of 52 - Mommy Break #15 of 52: Spontaneity and Sacrifice

Week #15 of 52 - Mommy Break #15 of 52: Spontaneity and Sacrifice

Spontaneity. A word many moms have forgotten but one that I am trying to rediscover through this Mommy Break Project journey. The opportunity to exercise spontaneity presented itself this past Friday evening. A quick trip to the hairdresser turned into a great start to my weekend. 

I was running late getting out of the hairdresser, not totally out of the norm.  I knew that my husband wanted to go over his best friend's house for a friendly game of bags, dominoes, and beer (try to contain yourself Moms) but after talking to me at 6:30 and realizing I was not going to be done any time too soon, he decided to take the kids with him. #SCORE

I call him around 8:30 expecting him to say that he is home getting the kids down only to be informed that he is still at said best friend’s house having a good time and not too worried about bedtime since it was Friday evening.  NORMALLY, I would have totally pounced and fussed about the importance of keeping them on schedule, but I did not.  I quickly realized that the stars were aligning for me to have an “instant mommy break”.   I was in the trendy West Loop neighborhood surrounded by fabulous restaurants. “HELLO, Nicole … HANG OUT”.    So I responded to my husband (in my most pleasant unbothered tone), “Ok, babe I will be home soon, please try to get the kids home at a decent hour”.  With that I walked down the street to one of my favorite Mexican restaurants Cruz Blanca

On my walk there I felt like, “this is too good to be true…I must share this opportunity with someone”.  Called a fellow Mommy girlfriend who wasn’t feeling the spirit of spontaneity, so I decided to enjoy myself by myself.  Once there, I had an amazing watermelon margarita and steak and chicken tacos.   After enjoying that I decided to over-indulge, a problem that I am working on, and get a donut from Do-Rite Donuts.

 The most AWESOME margarita!

The most AWESOME margarita!

 The making of some GREAT tacos!!

The making of some GREAT tacos!!

Sacrifice.  A word Moms know all too often.  We often sacrifice our self care and me time to put the needs of our family first.  Sacrifice is also what I had to do make my “official” mommy break #15 happen.  

Have you ever wanted to really really go somewhere but not have one babysitter option?  Yep, that was me and my husband on Saturday, July 15th.  Called 3 sitters and a cousin.  No dice.  The mommy break:  one of the biggest FREE street festivals of the summer:  The Silver Room Block Party.  It's one of those events where EVERYBODY goes to enjoy great music, the arts, food vendors, and support local businesses.  I have never experienced it in my 13 year Chicago tenure and I surely was not going to let my first experience be with my children! The next best option:  barter with my husband (good thing I was not a butt hole the night before about having the kids out late).  After fussing about who dropped the ball on finding a sitter in advance, we decided to split the day.  I would go from 2:30 - 5:30 and he would close out the evening.  

 Making the most of my time... if only for 3 hours! :(

Making the most of my time... if only for 3 hours! :(

I sacrificed having a great time all day with my friends to have an abbreviated mommy break and practice the golden rule: “do unto <my husband> … uh I mean others… as you would have them do unto you.. “. I knew that if I pretended not to hear the “Babe, I am here, lets switch off" phone call, that it would cause major problems later on  … and for what?  To walk the 5 blocks one more time to see if I could see a new face I hadn’t seen in the previous 3 hours?  Not worth it.  Instead, I focused on another positive deposit made in the mommy break equity bank 😃

Week #16:  Mommy Break #16 of 52 - Breaking the Rules!

Week #16: Mommy Break #16 of 52 - Breaking the Rules!

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