To Grandma’s House they go!!!

Happy Monday! Well, it will be happy, later, after work, and with an adult beverage… So the weekend was pretty uneventful, which is great! We have a new adventure this week – taking the kids to grandma’s!!!! YES, I KNOW! Our kids have never been to a relatives’ house, even overnight, but Grandma came to visit, and asked to keep them…get this…wait for it…FOR THE SUMMER! I know! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAT??!! The summer? As in the whoooole summer??? Yes, yes, that is what she requested. Insert happy dance here!!BOOM! DONE DEAL!! Right??!! FREAKIN A Right!!!!…until I realized that I’ve never been away from them for more than a couple days. Here’s the craziest part – get this! Grandma lives in KENTUCKY! So it’s about a 16 hour drive to get there if something happens. Not that I think something will happen, Grandma is more than capable, they listen to her over the phone better than they listen to me – they’ll be fine. It will be fine. They will be fine. I might not be so fine. But first things first. Let’s talk about this road-trip!

I am super pumped – I’ve never taken a road trip quite this daunting, actually, I’ve never taken a road trip as an adult at all – 16 hours, 3 kids, I’m sure there will be lots of snacking, and tablet-ing for sure, and I’m sure a little sprinkling of whining in there somewhere. Wonder how many pit stops we’ll have to make, and how long that will delay our 16 hour trek? How many granola bars and mini bags of chips will we need? Maybe we’ll see the world’s biggest (fill in the blank, ball of yarn, bale of hay, knitting needle, whatever) along the way. Will we even have room in the van we’re renting to put all this stuff that we’re going to need for the trip? Keep in mind, we are packing their clothes for the entire summer. Holy Crap. It’s a lot, buuuuuut I can’t wait to sing songs, eat in the car, play license plate games, and have family vacation style memories! Not to mention driving a minivan! We had a minivan when I was a kid, but I don’t remember ever personally driving it – but we used to drive from AZ to CA in the summer – those trips were awesome – I remember the year all the luggage was tied to the top, and it flew off – on the highway. Exciting stuff! My mom somehow found these wire basket things that fit PERFECTLY under the seats, and all the snacks were in them. Anywhoo, it will be an adventure for sure!

Now the anxiety of having them gone. I have gone from excited, to nervous, to anxious, back to excited, to “hey maybe let’s not do this”, to “what the hell are you thinking, we may never get this opportunity again”, then back to, “holy shit, what am I going to do without them for a whole SUMMER?!?!?” – Be productive as shit, is what we’re going to do, people. We’re going to have time to work out, go on dates, I’ll have time to shave my legs on a regular schedule (really big deal folks), house hunting, and I’m pretty sure we’re going to run naked circles in the house for the first week or so, definitely get in some deep couch sitting, and sleep all night, and thennnn past 5:15 am…on a SATURDAY, and watch massive amounts of grown up TV – Hannibal, Animal Kingdom, and Walking Dead, here we come!! After about a week, I’m sure that will wear off, and the missing will kick in. Now, I’ve convinced myself of several things as far as the length of the visit: one, that we used to get sent off to relatives when we were kids, so if we did it, and our parents made it through, then surely we can do it. Then it occurred to me that maybe they didn’t really like us all that much and they were fine with it, lololol. Next, I tell myself that it’s different now, we have facetime and skype and all manner of things to talk to the kids and let them see us. They each have a leap pad which has a camera, they can call when they want, we can call and see them when we want – it’ll be fine. In case none of that works, the hubs has allowed me to build in a contingency plan. We have a visit scheduled for the 4th of July weekend. So if I can’t stand it any longer, they’ll come home with us at that point. Either way, whether they come home with us, or want to stay longer, we’ll get to see them in the middle of the visit. I just re-read all of this, and now realize…I may need meds. Just sayin’.

 

That’s all I’ve got for today 🙂

Keep Hope Alive

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