I'm packing for a four day trip to California, and I can't help but chuckle when I think of the differences between a mom leaving and a dad leaving.
Over the last two days I've:
--planned easy crock pot dinners for every day--including buying all of the ingredients for them, and emailing Claudy the directions (to two email accounts...just in case he accidentally loses/deletes it in one account)
--stocked the fridge, freezer, pantry
--put a list of safe snacks on the fridge
--made a big batch of quinoa for the boys to have for lunches
--made a big batch of smoothies for Carter
--made rice krispie treats so they have a snack
--did three loads of laundry, so that there is no laundry left and there are plenty of clothes to dirty
--cleaned, picked up, and left everything in order
...on top of you know, keeping the kids alive, feeding them, making dinner, doing dishes and the thousand other things moms have to do on a daily basis + mutual + a Young Women's meeting + writing, designing and sending a newsletter for UFAN
I feel like most men, if they're going out of town pack for themselves, give a kiss goodbye and leave, knowing that everything will be taken care of.
Oh, the differences!
It's not that I don't think Claudy couldn't do any of those things. They would totally be just fine if I didn't, but I can't help but mother everything. It's half for them, and honestly half for me so I feel better. I've never been away from my kids this long so it makes my heart feel more at ease.
I'm excited for some "me" time, girls time, educational time and just plain getting out of Utah County time. California...here I come!