My in-laws just left, hand in hand with Corynn and Andrew for another day together.
This is twice in the last two months.
The first two times EVER that I have gotten a day without the kids, and it was THEIR idea both times.
The first time, I wasn't all that thrilled with the notion-after all, I actually LIKE to be around my children! ;-) But then...the day passed and I realized how HELPFUL it had actually been! You know I love my children and miss them terribly when they are gone, but I will tell you one thing:
I am incredibly THANKFUL for this time.
With Miss Adele's arrival and the move this past year, Christmas was far out of my vision-until about Saturday! Christmas cards to write, birth announcements to ponder making (if at all), Christmas gifts to inventory and accumulate (we have a LARGE family so the list is comparable to the Jolliest Elf himself!), cookies to bake for a cookie exchange, shopping, preparing, yada yada yada.
I have been able to accomplish so very very much in the short amount of time I have had been free of two extra sets of hands to hold.
Not just to sing the praises of my in-laws, I must include my dear Mattie in this too. I have been able to run errands for a few hours on Saturday without the older tag-alongs occasionally.
I've never had it so easy! Which is ironic, because I've never had so many children before either! :-)
I'd best get to taking advantage of this time because my list of TO-DO's is...