My husband and I are pretty simple people. He works and provides for the family, while I stay home and attend to the kids. I have a small business and take some editing work on the side for some extra moolah. We don’t live an extravagant lifestyle, we don’t get the latest gadgets, and we’re not into shopping much. What we do spend on are memories. Yes, we occasionally give in to the “good life”. Road trips, travels to nearby towns outside the metro, and overnight hotel stays. Others may find it a waste of time, or even a waste of money, to be spending so much for just one night or one weekend. But hubby and I agree on one thing: We’re planting memories! Memories that can go a long, long way.
Let’s face it, these days life can keep us away from life itself. Our day-to-day activities could take a toll on our relationships. Being a stay-at-home mom (SAHM) does not make me exempt from all the stresses of the world. Some days I feel crappier. Some days I just want to lock myself in the bathroom and forget I have errands to run and kids to homeschool. Spending a night away from home is the perfect breather. It takes us all out of the routine and we get to hang out as a family and bond. We don’t do much, actually. We would try out some recommended restos in the area, but most of the time, the four of us would just hang out in our hotel room doing nothing. We treasure these moments.
Zoe and Phoenix love our family outings. Zoe would go on for days, recalling what she did in detail, as she would look forward to our next trip. She now dreams of living in a hotel. I secretly dream of owning one, hahaha.
The kids are growing up fast. Sooner or later they will have their own set of friends and would want to hang out with their peers. For now, they belong to us. Hopefully, they will look back at their childhood with a smile in their heart and they will face the world knowing they have a home and a family with them wherever they go.