Can I Run Away For a Week? Please?
Yes, yes I can! This weekend I leave for an adventure vacation in South Dakota. As a stay-at-home mom, this is a really big deal for me, because I get to go BY MYSELF! I know, right? My wonderful guy takes vacation time, stays home with our girls, and I get to run away. Funny that for the last few weeks leading up to this trip, he's been asking, "You are coming home, though, RIGHT?" I just shrug my shoulders and say, "Ehhh, maybe." For some reason, he doesn't find that funny. Poor guy.
SO Much to Do
Sometimes I wonder if the vacation is worth it. Since I am THE Domestic Manager around here, everything needs to be done (and then some) before I am allowed to go away for anything longer than a teeth cleaning. No, seriously. My guy relies on me to take care of stuff since he works really weird shifts (Living Well When Your Spouse Works Weird Shifts).
I do all the laundry, all the shopping, all the cleaning (well, most of it - it's not my fault he's a little OCD about dog-hair tumbleweeds blowing through the kitchen), all the homework help, ALL the cooking, all the.... well you get the picture. Now don't go getting all upset with me about the whole 50/50 "split the work" thingy. It doesn't work for us. This does. (He does all the outside work - I Am Not A Gardener - all the car maintenance, all the pet vet visits, and more). So, I take care of the rest. Like I said, it works for us.
So, before I go, everyone needs clean clothes, clean bedding, clean towels, a clean house, and clean dogs. Schedules have to be typed with as much detailed information as possible. Teachers need to be notified that I will be unavailable. Grandma needs to be on stand-by, just in case. The food needs to be anything that can be toasted, boiled or heated in the microwave. The oven and the grill will remain at room temperature all week. I will stock the fridge with a few dozen apples, just so that the kids get some kind of fruit, or vegetable while I'm gone. My kids, for this reason alone, love when I go away; a week of chicken nuggets, hot dogs, frozen pizza and a fish fry at Grandma's is a dream come true for them.
Daddy Time is Precious
Because my hubby works weird shifts, sometimes, he'll go days without seeing our girls. While I'm gone, they will have plenty of quality time together. They'll also have plenty of time to make him crazy with, "Dad, can I's...?", and "Dad, where's my's...?", and "Dad, do I have to's...?" He'll be sure to keep them on schedule, he'll be sure they get fed, he'll be sure they get exercise, and he'll be sure they do their homework every day.
He'll also be sure to spend a ton of time just being with them. He's a fantastic dad. Just because we do things differently, doesn't make his way wrong, it just makes it unique to him. Our girls deserve that. I love that he'll have the house picked up again before I get home. He really is an awesome guy, and I am really blessed.
Packing and Such
So, it's back to getting things ready, packing all my stuff and making sure my family is neatly tucked into domestic contentment before I go away. Because, I promise you, I will run away for a week, and I'll love every minute of it, except the zillion minutes I'll be missing them. It's pretty spectacular to come back home and find out just how much I was missed, too.
So, can I run away for a week? Please? Why yes; yes I can. And I can blog about it, too. Stay tuned for what next week will hold as I blog from South Dakota.
Proverbs 31:10-11, 28-29 (NIV)
A wife of noble character, who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things,but you surpass them all.”
Ephesians 5:33 (NIV)
However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
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