“You know, Mom? I think it’s actually kind of funner when it’s just us three.”

I know he only said it because I gave him a giant LEGO set (stored under our bed since before Christmas when I insisted that everyone had enough presents already) to play with and I bought them ice cream two three days in a row and I let them eat chips in the living room AND I spent like 2 hours last night playing dumb YouTube videos, but fuck it, I’ll take it. I NEVER GET TO BE THE FUNNER ONE.

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16 Responses to “Solo parenting, day 3”

  1. shari zychinski on May 7th, 2012 3:59 pm

    i hear ya. i am neva, ev-ah the funner one.

  2. Lori on May 7th, 2012 4:05 pm

    My husband is in the army and is gone a lot. I try very hard to make the solo parenting times mostly fun. Sure, we could be all bummed and stressed out that Dad isn’t here. Butt it’s much more fun to stay up late having pajama parties in the living room and eating brownies. However other things like cooking and cleaning and shaving my legs are sacrificed as a result of all this fun.

  3. Lori on May 7th, 2012 4:06 pm

    Ugh. *But*

  4. Amy N on May 7th, 2012 4:23 pm

    Awesome! My boys and I had that kind of a weekend!! In fact, I only did two loads of laundry and no other chores. It rocked! and yes, youtube videos are great entertainment. My kids LOVE watching the animal and slow motion ones the best.

  5. Amy N on May 7th, 2012 4:24 pm

    And I adore the look on Dylan’s face!!

  6. Becky on May 7th, 2012 4:38 pm

    dude youtube videos of trains and cars toys are what keep me sane

  7. Erika Peterson on May 7th, 2012 4:46 pm

    Wow, seeing this picture of your sons made me realize how long I’ve been reading your blog. They look so grown up!

    P.S. I think ice cream every day is perfectly acceptable.

  8. Danell on May 7th, 2012 6:03 pm

    Ooh ooh ooh, do this one: YouTube “hippo fart” and pick the first one!

  9. Angella on May 7th, 2012 7:21 pm

    We are twins. But you knew that.

    The offer I put on this Instagram photo still stands. Come to the Okanagan. :)

  10. Melissa on May 7th, 2012 8:07 pm

    In my experience the first day my husband leaves, and the second day after he returns are the hardest because they are adjustment periods (not the first 24 hours he’s home, because I’m still in doitallmyself mode and it doesn’t bother me that he isn’t back in the swing of things…then I get pissy on day 2.) And I find that sometimes being home alone is actually easier, one less moving piece…no question about who is responsible for what (because I’m responsible for any/everything).
    The good news is, this adventure has a definite time limit. You can do anything when you know there’s an end in sight. :) Hang in there!

  11. warcrygirl on May 8th, 2012 3:55 am

    My kids are 13 and 10 and I am NOT above bribing them with a Sonic Blast to keep the peace. Being the funner one ROCKS.

  12. ememby on May 8th, 2012 5:51 am

    I’m trying to soak up being fun parent enough to carry me through the teen years when neither of us is fun and I won’t be the one discussing the details of premier league soccer with them :) Enjoy this crazy time! Super excited for what is to come!

  13. Annie on May 8th, 2012 9:28 am

    Haven’t you learned yet that Chips and Ice Cream are not SNACKS ?? hahaha, enjoy being the fun one. I am stupidly happy for a person I’ve never met !!!

  14. Courtney on May 8th, 2012 1:32 pm

    My dad is a college football coach. He would “go in the submarine” in early August with fall camp, then the football season, then recruiting, and emerge in mid-February. He was around from August- February, but not really in charge, you know? My mom swore those months were actually easier because everyone knew she was the boss-lady. February and March would always be rocky because we were re-adjusting to dad’s role in our lives. Her go-to’s were ice cream and bubble baths with HUGE bubbles.

  15. Julia on May 9th, 2012 6:19 pm

    Awesome. I also use ice cream to win the coveted favorite parent. My husband is a pilot so lucky me I get a lot of chances to win at this game. (does it count as winning if he doesn’t know he’s playing?)

  16. fiona on May 9th, 2012 7:23 pm

    whatever it takes, girlie! sometimes mama HAS to be funner. Just sayin’.

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