Mom and her three girls day 5

A Husband Free Week –

Bet ya’all are wishing that I hadn’t committed to blogging the whole time he was gone!

The one good thing I can say is writing this everyday has given me something to do at night.  One would think that as the days go on it would get easier but I find that it is more challenging.  That is probably because I tend to keep a lot to myself.  I share tons of pictures & things about the girls but this just seems more personal, almost uncomfortable.


The morning was completely chaotic.  I realized that there was no milk in the house so had to run out quick this morning during the whole getting ready for school process.  Our mornings really don’t need any help getting crazy.  Side note, less than half of that gallon left this afternoon – Thanks Julia.

I worked in the office today.  Since I had to drop off the girls I was about an hour later than normal getting into the office.  This means I got the full 295 to Rt. 1 rush hour experience.  It’s not my favorite thing.

Super productive work day thankfully, it’s been a bit crazy this week. People seem to be hitting that end of the year panic with expenditure requests that require finance support.  I also had the chance to get Olivia her birthday present, good thing since her birthday is Friday!  Honestly, it was good to get out of the house for something other than soccer practice.

You know that Family Guy clip of Stewie saying “Ma, Mom, Mommy, Lois”?  That was my night from the time I picked up the girls until they went to bed.  NON-STOP.  Now I can’t really complain because there was no bickering but holy cow.

The award for most random “Mom” moment was Olivia’s unprovoked rant about Chuckie Cheese.  That girl has VERY strong feelings about that place.  She suggested that people could use a plate with Chuckie’s picture to scare people but if someone did that to her she would break it.

Mia’s “Mom” moments shockingly all made sense, but there were a TON of them.  Shockingly made sense sounds mean but Mia is kind of known for her randomness.  John wrote a whole blog about Mia being Mia… it’s not just a thing, anyone who knows her knows that its real.

Julia’s “Ma!” moments were all right before bed time.  She is the oldest so always the last one to say good night.  She seems to save every random thought from the day & hit me with all of it at once.

I will go to bed soon & at some point tomorrow John will begin his journey home!  Only two days left until he’s here J


Mom and her three girls Day 4

A Husband Free Week –

All the motivational types talk about “kick starting the day”.  I’m pretty sure they don’t mean getting woken up by being kicked super hard in the shin.  That is how the day started.

After that rude wake up things were pretty normal. Rushed around like crazy to get Jules to Chorus.  Yes, chorus is a before school activity. I dropped Mia & Olivia off at school and returned to the house to start my work day.

Shadow continued to be extremely clingy.  I was trying to take a picture showing how he was sitting over my head today & ended up with this….


The girls all seemed to have a good day at school & we only had one soccer practice so I was hoping for a good night.  Only a couple of incidents, Julia thinking she could argue her way out of doing what I say & Olivia having a sad miss Daddy moment.  Mia was really good & even tried to help Olivia feel better.

The highlight of their day was they got the chance to talk to John.  It was a short call, on speaker phone with all four of us on the way to the field but it was so nice.  We all agreed that we really miss his humor & hugs.

Olivia had practice, Julia & Mia were a bit wound up but for the most part it was in good fun.


After showers & a soup/salad dinner they are all off to bed.  Only Mia is asleep so far, that girl crashes hard!

I’m not sure if it was the idea of a stressful morning or how loud the girl were when we got home tonight but my anxiety is super high.  I really hate that heart racing, inexplicably stressed feeling.  Hoping that it passes soon or its going to be a very long night.

Thankfully we are now half way through!  John will be home in 3 days & we can’t wait!

Mom and her three girls Day 3

A Husband Free Week –

Today I am thankful.

I am thankful for the quick call I got to have with John.  He had his first day in the office today, sounds like it was a good day.  I can’t imagine the level of exhaustion; he hasn’t had more than two hours of consecutive sleep since Friday Night. Being able to hear his voice & catch up for a little bit was the highlight of my day.

I am thankful for school & soccer.  Some people think our schedule is too chaotic & I guess it can be but we are better that way.  The girls all got off to school in the morning without an issue.  I worked from home with Shadow as my only distraction.  He clearly misses John too, was a bit needy but so cute.  The girls got home from school, did homework while I cooked the dinner we would eat later.  We had a good two hours on the soccer field, came home ate & ready for bed! No time for massive melt downs – YAY!

I am thankful for an understanding boss.  I head into the office pretty early so I can leave at 4 & take care of pick up.  With John out of town I have to take care of drop off & would get into the office at least a hour later.  My boss thankfully is ok with me working from home or coming in a little bit late as long as my work gets done.  Having that flexibility is a huge gift that takes a lot of pressure off when trying to juggle everything this week.

Last but not least, I am thankful that at 9:45 that the house is quiet & at least two kids are asleep! Mia & Olivia being asleep seems like a bit of a miracle considering 30 minutes ago Mia was insisting on practicing the clarinet.  Jules is of course still up because she can NEVER fall asleep.  Maybe, just maybe, they will all sleep through the night!

One more thing I’m thankful for – Monday is over; this means John will be home in 4 days!

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!