Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Spring Break Retrospective: Prelude

We got a little distracted over here when a gigantic tree fell on our trucks on the day we arrived home from Spring Break 2009. (Spring Break means nothing unless you or yours are in school. Since Jon is still enrolled in Boise State's nursing program, school breaks are our only opportunity to take a lengthy vacation together.)

To back up even further, I was in California the week before Spring Break with these juice box junkies while their dad was cavorting working in Germany. The best and worst part was that my company's headquarters is nearby so I was able to work during the week while in California. I didn't have to use my vacation time, but I got a good taste of what it is like to be a working parent in the San Francisco Bay area: stressful. Commuting sucks.

I played Mr. Mom, a.k.a. Dad, a.k.a. Auntie, helping my sister-in-law out so she wouldn't have to be a single parent for the week. We split up the drop-off and pick-up duties (two different schools), meal preparations, discipline, and bedtime stories. I wiped noses, wiped butts, wiped floors, and wiped out. It was all together one of the most exhausting and gratifying experiences I've ever had.

I also got immense satisfaction from turning the tables on my brother: telling him all the insanely cute things his kids were doing instead of the usual other way around. I can understand now why people like to talk so much about their kids! It was so fun and I miss them so much now!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds amazing and very sweet. They are lucky to have such a loving Auntie and your sister-in-law is lucky to have you too.