India and Thanksgiving

First I have to thank my wife Cathy for guest blogging while I was in India on business. I had long wanted her to guest blog and the trip provide a great opportunity, and she did a fantastic job. Trust me when I say that will not be the last time Cathy takes over the blog and I hope one day to get the girls do some guest blogging. For now, though you are once again stuck with me and my ramblings.

My trip for India ironically coincided with the Thanksgiving holiday and it was very apropos (get ready for the sappy). Being away from my girls made me realize how thankful I am for them and how much I missed them. My boss, Nick, who has two girls of his own and I were talking how we couldn’t have a job that required constant travel because we couldn’t be away from our family that often. Almost the moment I left for the airport I was looking forward and imagining what coming home to them would be like.

Prior to the five full days I didn’t see them at all for this trip the most days I had ever been away from them was two full days. That happened twice, the first was a canoe trip I did with my friends, and the second was a business trip to Ohio. I also spent a day away from them when I had surgery on a bulging disc. Needless to say I don’t spend a lot of time away from my girls and I am grateful for that.

A week after being away from them was Thanksgiving and that trip was a reminder of what I am thankful for. What amazing feeling it was when I came home to see the happiness and joy on my girls faces. It was about ten minutes of pure joy and elation that made me feel great. Of course after that my girls were once again on the couch with their faces buried in their electronics. Kids are very resilient and IPhones and IPods are very attention grabbing.

Mom and her three girls Day 1

While I am away traveling to India on business, my wife Catherine will be guest blogging about her experience home alone with our girls. Since I was traveling the first day and didn’t have access to post I will post both today.

A Husband Free Week –

I absolutely love reading my husband’s blogs, his writing is so entertaining.  One of my favorite blogs was a series that he wrote while I was in California with family for my Uncle David’s funeral.  It was so nicely done that it became a topic of conversation with the whole family & a source of entertainment during a very sad time.

I’m sure this reads as a shameless plug for Johns blog but I bring up his “Time as a Single Father” blogs because it was the longest we had ever been apart in almost 15 years of marriage…. Until this week.  Tonight John left for a trip to India.

John has said a few times now that it would be fun if I did a guest appearance on his blog so I thought this was the perfect opportunity.  I would like to add a disclaimer in here that I am nowhere near as entertaining as my husband.

We had a pretty normal Saturday, actually calmer than most since we only had two games.  Mia had a soccer game at 12:30, Olivia played at 3:30.  Both girls walked off the field in victory.  We came home & had an early for us chicken taco dinner which is always a hit in this house.  Less than an hour later the car service came to pick John up.

The farewell was filled with individual hugs & group hugs… lots of hugs.  There were tears, I would like to lie & say it was just the little ones but John has blogged enough that ya’all know I’m a crier.  Olivia & Mia cried as John walked out the door while Julia boasted how she has great control over her emotions.

As the car drove away the tears continued to flow. Thankfully the girls chuckled when I mentioned that we no longer had to keep on the College Football game.  So we threw on NetFlix & watched a movie.   They were not ready to call it a night when that was over so we played Uno.

While we were playing Uno Mia was texting her Dad play by play of what was happening in the game. The 1st game went well, 2nd game ended in an epic Mom/Jules battle.  Game 3…. Well I should have seen the warning signs that people were getting tired & cranky but there was no physical altercation & we made it to the end of the game so it could have been worse I suppose.

The girls finally made it to bed, although at almost 11 I still have a stubborn near 13-year-old who is still awake.  John is on his flight, in business class, with a fully reclining seat with complimentary bar as I sit on the couch hoping that the next 6 days go quickly!