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Friday, July 1, 2011

back to reality.

tonight, we become parents again.

well, i suppose we never stopped being parents. we've just been kid-free since the evening of june 19th. for the last {nearly} two weeks, our kiddos have been traveling in the northeast with my parents. 

the kids challenged my parents to games on the wii.
the kids helped my sister move {from fenway to jamaica plain}.
the kids attended a lacrosse game {my brother-in-law, james, is an awesome lax coach}.
the kids got to hang with their {2nd, my 1st} cousins, pat & mei.
the kids were spoiled by their auntie monica.
the kids got to see my mom's toronto, canada.
the kids viewed the beauty & the exhilaration of standing near niagara falls.

i'm certain the kids have also whined, complained, cried & driven my parents crazy.

but, i'm certainly glad that my parents are able to spend time like this with their grandkids. and, i'm especially glad that my kids love going & making these memories with their grandparents.  

going kid-free is not an uncommon occurrence in our home. my kids are always with my parents. last summer {and the summer before that and the summer before get the picture}, they were with my parents for a good portion of the summer.  this summer is different.  i'm not working.  i'm not in summer school. 

and, while i love how quiet & clean the house has been, i miss my kids. i can't wait to have them home. it's been too quiet & i do believe that my sanity feeds off of the dramatic chaos that seems to come along with a ten year old & an eight year old.

of course, ask me again next week, when i'm sure i'll be sick of the arguing, the pre-tween angst & the mess.

 {aidan & malia being goofy in an exhibit at aquarium of the bay, san francisco, may 2011} 

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Blogger R said...

For most of my childhood I spent 2 weeks every summer in PA with my grandparents and no parents around. It was fantastic to have that time with them.

Oh and if you need a kid-free day or two I can always amuse them. I must be nuts, I miss the chaos of being around kids all the time!

Jul 1, 2011, 9:38:00 AM  
Blogger LG said...

I am so jealous! We lost my husbands parents in a car accident 5 years ago and it breaks our heart daily that they are not here to see our peebs grow up and keep him and travel with him! My parents live 6 hours away so they dont get to see him enough! I am sure your kids will treasure those memories of traveling with your family! that is so awesome!

Jul 2, 2011, 10:42:00 PM  
Blogger MommaKiss said...

my boys are going to g&g's in a couple of weeks - I can not WAIT!

Jul 5, 2011, 2:08:00 PM  
Blogger Cait said...

awww so cute :) you've got a great blog girl! the pictures are priceless!

Jul 6, 2011, 8:18:00 AM  

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