We’re currently at Disney World with the kids. Unlike our first trip when we didn’t know better, we waited until the morning we left to break the exciting news this time. Unfortunately, like most other things in parenthood, it didn’t happen exactly as planned.
In case you’ve got a trip to Disney in the future, I thought I’d weigh the pros and cons of a surprise for you. The moral of the story, of course, is that you can never predict your children. And they will always find something to whine about.
Ever looked for a Mother's Day card, only to find that what you want to say can't be found? Yeah, me too. In case you're struggling to find one for your MIL, SIL, or frenemy, I've whipped up a few that Hallmark seems to have avoided. I can't imagine why!
There was a time, not all that long ago, when I couldn't imagine happily spending a single night without my children. When I would cry over the thought of a missed bedtime story or morning without seeing their sleepy little faces. When the notion of a bed to myself seemed lonelier than it did luxurious.
That was then.
These days, I've gotten more accustomed to leaving my kids every now and then, and every trip I take, it gets a little easier. But every single time I leave, I suffer the same ailments ...
Last week, I spent four days away from my children promoting my new book in NYC. I had a bed all to myself, a bathroom door that remained shut when I closed it, and didn't have to make one lunch or Band-Aid one boo-boo the whole time. In other words, for four days, I wasn't much of a mom. The trip was exciting and thrilling and fun, but the best moment of all was the one when I walked back through the door into the arms of three kids, who were just as happy to see me as I was them.
So, in honor of that moment, I'm skipping the snark and focusing on the things I missed most when I was away from my kids; surprisingly, they are some of the things I tire of most easily when I'm home non-stop ...