Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Post-Trip Wrap-Up

So, the after effects of my European trip aren't as bad as I thought. Of course, it looks like it was a little rough while I was gone, see Luke's end of the year playgroup picture to the left.

But, it only took me 2 days to find the bad smells in the fridge. (Thank you to everyone who fed Nate and the boys--they didn't touch a thing I left them.) We're still digging out from laundry, and I haven't begun to think about cleaning, but at least the bills are paid.

But, the thing about being a stay-at-home parent is that's about all the catch-up I have to do. Someone else had to feed, bath, and entertain my children while I was gone. I don't have to do any of that because my mother-in-law and mom did it all, and I mean ALL. I came home to boys with haircuts, clipped fingernails, and brushed teeth. (And while Nate did an excellent job in so many areas, well, I know those things were taken up by the grandmas.)

The only ill effects for the boys seems to be:

1. Luke's separation anxiety has increased exponentially. Today was his first day of preschool. The first day ever that instead of leaving him tantrumming in my arms he was permitted to stay...only to wail at my departure.

2. Luke has taken to calling me, "Emily."

"EMILY, you have a TIME OUT!"
"EMILY, I want my CHEESE!"

3. Asher has taken to informing me that he will "tell his dad on me."

On the plus side:
1. Nate thinks I'm, like, the BEST THING EVER!
2. I think Nate is pretty awesome, too.
3. And, best of all, I got a chance to spend some time with some lovely, lovely relatives and live life as a person and not as a mom.

Maren, Nate, Judy, and Mom (and everyone else who helped!), thanks for one of the best birthday presents I ever received!
So, it may take a while to regain my former status as the boss of the house, but I feel up to the task, especially when people give me lip around here.

Now, I just say, "Hmmm, I think I need to go plan another trip..."