My husband took my kids camping for the weekend. ALL of my kids. FOR THE WEEKEND. (Did I say how much I love my husband?)
Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla: They were going to a Y-tribes event (dads and kids only) with our local YMCA. I go out with my husband regularly, I see my friends often and I have even had a couple of weekends away from the kids. However, I have not been alone in the house overnight in more than a decade (since before our oldest was born). Some friends said I should go out on the town; others said I should have a spa day. Neither seemed quite right to me, and when I really thought about what I wanted to do, I decided I just wanted to be alone at home.
I really love my kids, but I've had at least one child under three for nine years straight. I've been woken up from a sound sleep approximately 3,000 times, made over 7,000 snacks and changed close to 20,000 cloth diapers. I don't need to whoop it up or be pampered; I just need to rest. I have cereal and milk, a Costco chicken and fruit. I picked up a couple of movies from Blockbuster. I plan to screen my phone calls and speak as little as possible. I will have spent less than $20 for recharging and relaxation that will prove priceless in the long run. When my family comes back, I will be so happy to see them. But I think I may not want to wait another 10 years for another night alone ....
A former state deputy attorney general and current stay-at-home mom, Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla has three kids and ten years of experience stretching one salary to cover the necessities and more. She's all about saving money whenever you can, so you have it to spend on whatever you want!