I'm so excited I cannot stand myself--I'm off today for NINE DAYS in Belgium and France! The best part? This trip is a freebie for me, since I have a wonderful Mother-in-Law who is traveling for work and taking little old me along to keep her company! I have shared this exciting news with tons of people and the most common response is a look of complete disbelief and/or suspicion, accompanied by the words, "Really? You're going with your...Mother-in-Law?" Like I just told them I am taking a 9-hour flight with my mortal enemy. Yes! She and I get along great! She is sweet and generous, and her job is to BUY DIAMONDS! What's not to like?
So, I'm excited. But I am also scared. I am leaving behind a 3 year-old and an 18 month-old, and an amazing husband who will be caring for them. Nine days is by far the longest I have ever left any of them. In fact, I never would leave them for that long except in the case of a free trip to Europe. And it hurts my mother's heart. I learned early on that as a mother, there really is no "vacation." There's really no vacation if you take them with you; if you leave them behind you feel lost and lonely and distracted. I am hoping that sensation gets better with time, so that when they are, say, in college I will be able to vacation in peace. But for right now it's tough. What's a Mom to do?
All I know to do is pray...for their safety and Hubs's peace of mind (I can't even imagine 9 days alone with them, and he's downright jolly about it)! And for my own ability to truly relax and enjoy this break and all that comes with it. And I will be skyping with them a few times--can't wait to see how that goes!
So I will miss you for the next week and a half and I am sure I will have a few stories upon my return. Both mine and theirs...and maybe we'll do a few crafts when I get back too:) See you then!