Let me start this post out with a “Bear with me.” I am kind of all over the place with my thoughts. A lot of that is because, tomorrow morning, while the kids are all still asleep, Steve and I will make our way to the airport for yet another trip away from the kids. I know what you are thinking, “What is wrong with these two? Do they even parent?” Believe me, the guilt has made me ask these same questions myself.
But, both the trip to Spain and the trip to Mexico tomorrow have both been as a celebration of our parents’ marriage. Ironically, our parents both celebrated major anniversary milestones this year. Steve’s parents celebrated their 45th and my parents are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries. Even more crazy ironic? Their anniversaries are both on June 7, five years apart! 😱 So, how can we not fly to Mexico tomorrow to celebrate my parents’ milestone; a milestone that only 6% of marriages will ever achieve?! The guilt is definitely there, but Steve and I are pushing through it nonetheless.
As a result of all of these vacations though, I have sort of become an expert. I just want the time apart to be as smooth as possible. I actually would love if we got home to kids that are disappointed we are home. That would mean the time apart was worth it.
Yesterday afternoon, in preparation for leaving, I took my kids to the library. I used to take my kids weekly. I hate to admit it, but it was my first time taking the babies. We walked into the library and Reese and Heath immediately looked around in astonishment. It reminded me that after all the toys, TV shows and electronics, books are still magical. They headed straight for the children’s books, sat down and began “reading” the pile of books next to them.
Mia and Wes were just as happy and wandered the isles searching for the perfect book to bring home with us. Cute Mia grabbed two Judy Blume books….once again showing that books and stories never lose their magic! Classics never go out of style. I hope that when Bo and Mia get bored while we are gone, they will open their books! I would love it!
So, the next time you wonder if a trip to the library is even necessary….let Mia’s face do the talking! It is SO worth it!