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A whole week....alone??

August 3rd, 2011 at 02:40 pm

So, hubby has decided that he is taking the kids to his parents house-- alone, without me. They are flying, and there are no direct flights. Is it pathetic of me to be terrified about him flying and navigating airports car rental and baggage claims alone with two very active and opinionated toddlers?

They leave Monday. I'm terrified. If something happened to them, I would not recover.

So then, beyond that anxiety, is the reality of an entire week alone, to do with as I please. I thought about it. My first impulse (and one hubby was hoping for) was "oh, I can work on the house and get it the way I want it."

But then I thought, I'm always responsible, always about the to-do list, and frankly, I have no social life, I miss my friends, and I feel like I could use a little bit of being not productive.

So, I decided on a compromise. I'm going to do my freelance work on Monday and Tuesday. I'm also going to paint the kitchen, and start on the murals in both of the kids' rooms (one construction theme, and one ocean theme.). I'm also going to assemble the fabulous medicine cabinet I bought at IKEA.

I'm going to do as much as I can in these two days, then on Wednesday, I'm going home to New Orleans to spend a few days with my best friends, floating around in their pool. I'll head home on Saturday, and still have two days left without the family to work on the house and finish odds and ends.

IF the kids make it to grandparents' house safe and sound, I should be able to enjoy this week and get some things done. Fingers crossed.

10 Responses to “A whole week....alone??”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I'm sure it will all be fine, but I can understand your anxiety. And so happy that you will get to visit friends!!

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    Terror is normal, in my experience as a parent. Big Grin I've only been away from AA once, and even then I knew she would only be traveling a mile or two to our friends' house, not a big trip!

    That said, it will be totally fine. I hope you get lots of sleep, work, socializing and relaxation done!

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Enjoy your vacation and try not to fret too much about the little ones. (Or the big one!)

  4. frugalgirl Says:

    I let my DH take the kids on a one-week camping trip alone last year and spent the whole week doing whatever I wanted. After being at home with them full-time for 11 years, I needed the break. I did feel guilty about not going but I did not do ANY housework! It felt great. I think your to-do list should shrink and you should take it easy at home while you have the chance!

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    I think it sounds great! The fam has left me an entire week 2-3 times. Always seems like plenty of time to tackle long put-off projects, AND to spend time with out-of-town friends. PRECISELY what I usually do. (I found a whole week felt like an eternity - even while working 9-5 - maybe took a day or two off to enjoy the quiet).

    Try not to worry - they will be fine!

  6. ThriftoRama Says:

    I'm just worried about the airport stuff with one parent and two kids under 3. It's a lot to deal with!

  7. My English Castle Says:

    I always imagine something horrible happening to DH and DD. It'll be good for your husband to handle it! They'll be fine--and I'm glad you get some friend time.

  8. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I am sure all will be fine. Once they get there you will be able to relax and spend some much needed time on yourself!

  9. whitestripe Says:

    Have a fantastic time with your friends! Having been a reader of your blog for some time now, I can safely say I think you deserve it! (and I don't use those words loosely!)

  10. Jerry Says:

    My friend's wife just flew from Bulgaria to Virginia with 4-year-old twins and an 18-month-old... by herself. It wasn't necessarily easy, but it went fine and didn't lead to any trauma or drama! I think that worrying a bit is normal, but remember that airlines have service personnel for a reason, and they can act as insurance for parents traveling alone with little monkeys. Have FUN!
    Jerry

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