We are off to Grandma's house in a few days to celebrate the holidays.
A few things that are "new" for us regarding this trip
1. We will be gone for nearly a week when we do go
2. It will be our first overnight trip with Jack
3. We are making all homeade gifts
4. We are planning to travel with our homeade baby food
5. We are planning to exclusively cloth diaper during the week
There are still gifts to be made, packing lists to be written, projects to plan for (for both the wee ones & myself) & materials to be gathered for those projects.
There is a LOT to do between now and D-day (departure day)---and the thought of traveling with two in the car for several hours is not something I'm excited about. (We did this in May and our toddler was awake/cried most of the trip)
Black Friday also falls during our time we will be away...and while my in-laws do not embrace this "after Thanksgiving holiday", I do....and my husband has learned to. There are lists to be made for that day (what am I on the look out for)---and with cloth diaper stores holding specials as well, there are additional lists to be made to correspond with the stores I have gift credit at.
There is a lot to be done---and even with some of the unfavorable factors listed above, my husband and I are excited for this trip.
Yes, we are excited to be with family, to celebrate two holidays in one week....to see if our hard work in gift-giving brings delight to their faces.
But, we are also so excited to just....get away. These last several months have been hard. Dealing with Jack's weight gain issues, Lucy's tantrum issues, financial issues and work issues....it's been months of "issues" that we just need an escape from...if even for a little while.
I'm looking forward to the family time, but I'm also looking forward to time with my husband...to have him a part of our days. I'm looking forward to the possibility of a date night (haven't had one since August!). I'm looking forward to maybe catching up on a little sleep & tackling some organization projects while we chit-chat with one another.
I'm praying the kids will cooperate & that we won't overstay our welcome after a few days.
So, today I am thankful....for the opportunity to be with family, a "vacation" away from home...if even for a few days & hopefully an opportunity for both my husband and I to be refreshed
***side note, if you are a burglar and think that this a prime opportunity to rob our house, you are forewarned that it will be a TERRIBLE waste of your time. (Kind of like the time someone broke into my car to steal my car radio & must have been so upset to discover the radio was totally busted) Aside from our laundry detergent stockpile and maternity clothes that span every season, you will find very little of value in our quaint home. Oh, and we have a dog...a HUGE dog.***