Last week JB’s parents called us with a last-minute plan. What did we think about allowing our boys to visit them for a week in Oregon? They’d come up and get them, and JB would take them home next weekend.

It was funny, we should have been jumping up and down at the idea of having our freedom for an entire week, but as soon as he got off the phone our initial response was to think of a reason to say no. A week! That’s by far the longest we’ve ever been apart from our kids.

We said yes, of course. They kids were excited about the idea, and we knew JB’s parents were looking forward to it. I also remember the summers when I would travel to visit my grandparents and how magical those times were—playing on the beach, visiting with cousins, spending time with my beloved grandma and grandpa, feeling like I was in a different world altogether. If my kids have the chance at a similar experience, it’s one of the greatest gifts I could possibly give them.

JB’s parents arrived on Saturday and left yesterday, taking the boys with them. JB got to see them one last time late Sunday morning after we realized they’d driven off without the kids’ suitcases and so JB had to haul ass down I-5 to catch up with them (ha ha ha OH EVERYONE ENJOYED THAT SO VERY MUCH), but now they’re happily settled, seven hours away.

We kept busy yesterday, and it was giddily fun to be able to see a movie without feeling the babysitter-clock ticking, and spontaneously walk to the store together late at night, and simply enjoy each other’s company without being interrupted, but oh, the house is so quiet. Their rooms are so still and silent. It is strange and spooky and just Not Right, being here without them.

I know they’re having a great time, and I’m glad we managed to fit this in before school starts. I’m glad for the opportunity to re-connect with JB and enjoy this break together. And oh my god I already can’t wait until next Sunday, when the noise and chaos has once again filled the house top to bottom.

Speaking of noise and chaos, are any of you going to BlogHer? I will be there, with all the dorkiness and anxiety of previous years plus the added social handicap of not having been around adults for at least nine straight months. Please come say hi.


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