We have four kids. Four young kids: twin six year olds, a three year old, and an 11 month old. I stay at home with them and have since giving birth for the first time six years ago.
My transition into this SAHM role wasn’t easy on me. I went from full-time student to mother of twins overnight, and then moved across the country six weeks later to a place where I didn’t know anyone with zero money to our name. I think describing it as “rough” is an understatement.
But, now I’m six years into this parenting thing and stay at home mom thing. Long gone are my days of hatred toward this “job” title. I embrace it and love it, poopy diapers, tantrums, spit up, and homeschooling included.
But, sometimes it’s nice to have a little break, especially a break that will help me make some connections and educate myself on how to do my other job better, that of being an online influencer (aka blogger).
I feel like I live in this weird stay-at-home-mom who is also a working-mom bubble. Most people would not describe me as a “working mom” or a “work from home mom” but I totally am. But, I’m also totally a stay at home mom, because I don’t delegate out the childcare or education of my kids to others.
Regardless of my official title, I am neck deep into homemaking and child rearing and earning money. And sometimes I want a little time away for fun, for learning, for personal development. That’s why I went to the Insight Blogger Retreat in San Antonio, who is sponsoring this post.
Insight Blogger Retreat
This Insight Blogger Retreat was appealing for a few reasons: it was free, it was close, there would be good food, I would get to explore San Antonio, I’d learn from amazing bloggers, make some great connections, and I’d get to socialize. It seemed like a fabulous investment in myself, my blog, and my time. I was sold.
Thankfully, my husband is off in the summers, so I didn’t need to worry about making any childcare arrangements (another plus for attending).
However, because the baby is still nursing, and doesn’t take a sippy cup or a bottle, and I only have one frozen container of breastmilk anyway, I didn’t actually get to leave all my progeny behind with dad. My eleventh month old joined me on this retreat.
I hauled my lazy, non-morning person, self up at 6:30 in the morning so I could get to the beautiful Hotel Valencia Riverwalk by 9am on Wednesday looking presentable.
Insight Blogger Retreat Speakers
The speakers, Jessica McLean from VolunteerSpot, Becky Mansfield from Your Modern Family, Kim Vij from The Educator’s Spin on It (who organized this Insight Blogger Retreat), Stacy Teet from Kid Stuff World, Arena Blake from The Nerd’s Wife and Foodie Fun, and Jamie Gomes-Harrington from TotallyTheBomb.com all did an amazing job discussing topics like Facebook Live, working with brands, Pinterest strategy, making connections with others, creating short videos, and writing books.
— Kim Vij (@EducatorsSpin) June 17, 2016
Insight Blogger Retreat Fun & Eats in San Antonio
In addition to the awesome blogging learning sessions, we checked out San Antonio thanks to San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau. We hopped on a boat tour courtesy of Rio San Antonio Cruises and learned all about the history of the Riverwalk and the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
We ate at delicious places like Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse, a Churrasco experience: a gaucho serves you delicious cuts of meat right at your table. I have only eaten at a place like this once before and it was more than six years ago, so it was a real treat! If only the baby wasn’t so done by that point in evening, I could have dined all night from their Market Table and meat skewers! Although, I have to say they were amazing to my baby and got her a plate with cut bananas on it. We met in a nice conference center at the Hotel Valencia right on the Riverwalk in downtown San Antonio and were treated to a delicious breakfast from Bakery Lorraine, who would later on treat us to a variety of delicious pastries and desserts at their store in the Historic Pearl District the next day where we also would dine at Noa Latin Gastro Bar.
Nao is a swanky place with the fanciest food I have ever eaten. Students from the local Culinary Institute of America showcased their skills with a six course meal. I felt like I was on one of those reality cooking shows where plating is just as important as the food itself.It was quite the whirlwind of adventure for two days. And thanks to receiving a GoCityCard from Smart Destinations, my family and I will check out even more great attractions in San Antonio, like Six Flags Fiesta!
Coming Home from the Insight Blogger Retreat
It was a blast being with others, learning, and exploring. I love all of that stuff. I really do.
But, I also really missed my family. Like big time.
Even though the first night that I came home, I was greeted by a still messy house, my husband was glad to see me. Plus, the next day by the time I came home from the Retreat at dinnertime, the home was clean and my children thrilled to see me.
Because, when a stay at home mom leaves for two days, chances are her family will miss her, and she will miss them. And chances are her husband will do a great job doing the parenting and homemaking thing just fine solo, because he’s an awesome man who loves his home, his children, and his wife.
I gained insight into who I really am as a person outside of my home, and remembered why I am doing this whole blogging thing in the first place – for my family.
I absolutely love my family, and though having four young kids is demanding and somedays overwhelming, I am glad that I get to be home with them and to be their mom. It’s worth all the heartache and isolation.
But, I’m still glad to get a little break every once in awhile to just be Katelyn, too.