Couple Getaway! Feedback Friday

The Big Guy and I are headed for NYC this weekend for an anniversary getaway (celebrating 15 years!) without the kids! We have not had even one night away from the kids since our Paris trip in 2009, so we are very excited for this special trip. Actually, I struggled to even find a photo of the two of us together for this post, so I had to look back in the Paris archives!

It isn't easy to coordinate a trip away - there are so many factors to consider - the hardest and most important is child care. But, where there is a will there is a way!

It's Feedback Friday...

How often are you able to get away as a couple?

How do you manage childcare?

Would you rather do every trip as a family?


  1. Honestly, besides a couple overnights for weddings, we hadn't taken a long weekend for ourselves until we went to Pitt. last fall. Sad but true! I wish we could do it more! Our hardest obstacle is the fact that both of our families live out of state and both of our parents still work (many of our friends have retired parents). Getting them to come (the easy part) and then potentially take work off is the difficult part. You two have a fabulous weekend, enjoy every minute and Happy Anniversary!

  2. We're at 15 (June 4) too-but all we did was dinner. We're planning to do some sort of trip in the fall-we just had too much else going on.

    We did spend a week in NYC a few years ago and it was the funnest week of our entire marriage-hope you guys have fun too. We went back later and took the kids and did differnt things. Ideally, I would like a 1 week vacation with the kids and a 1 week just as a couple. Beaches, national parks, and theme parks are more fun w/ the kids. However, leaving kids w/ Grandma and spending time alone as a couple is amazing, even if you are just at a Holiday Inn down the street.

  3. Hello Jen,
    Having been married since 1975, I can tell you it is very important to take those adult only getaways when you can.

    Remember, you were a couple before you were parents and that side of the relationship needs to be nurtured.

    We would arrange sleepovers at good friends homes. No worrying about teenage babysitters(no disrespect to them). We knew our children were in good hands and having fun with friends.

    That made leaving them much easier.

    Have a great time in the BIG APPLE (I'm a New Yorker!) and be sure to send a few cool postcards to your boys. They will get a kick out of it.

    Travel safe
    janet xox


  4. We have taken a couple week long trips in the past 4 and a half years since we have had kids. I know that I need some time away from my kiddos after being with them for 24/7. I know they probably need some time away from me too. We are fortunate to have our family close by and the kiddos stay with them. I am not sure if we would have been able to go on little trips if our family wasn't so close to us.

  5. Congrats on your anniversary!

    I'm excited for you and jealous at the same time. We've not had an overnight since Liza was born. We did one night or two nights every year since Jack was a baby, but once I added another, it isn't as easy. I don't think my MIL wants to keep two.

  6. We would get away at least once a year for a weekend.

    Usually the kids stayed with relatives.

    Question #3: Are you kidding me? Yes, it's easier but...are you kidding me?

  7. enjoy your trip!!
    i only have to care about dog care... i guess doesn't count as much!!! :)
    too bad i'm not in ny :(

  8. Never. My sister did come down and spend the night so my husband and I could get a late date night and that felt like heaven.
    I dream of a weekend away. sigh.

  9. You mean besides when I am having the next baby? Seriously in six years twice, I think. We are hoping to get away again next month but the baby is only 4 months old and would be with us so it really doesn't count. Someday, when they are older.

    Oh, and I need a vacation from my family vacations...Mommy's still work hard, maybe harder, when on vacation.

  10. This might seem so sad, but my son is nearly 5 and my husband and I haven't had any trips alone together since well before our son was born!

    That said, I'm a full-time working mommy, so I treasure my time with my family more than anything (as does my hubby). We both agree that we can't imagine enjoying a trip without our son!

    Although truth be told, after our last family vacation together including many meltdowns and tantrums...I think I'm starting to be able to imagine it!!! :)

    Have fun!



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