Just thought I’d tell you what we’ve been up to. Ben and Bekah flew over to the UK yesterday for a week.Â Yes, all by themselves. They took one suitcase and two carry-on’s and left the children with us for the week. They had a very boring flight (the best kind) and zipped through Heathrow with no stories to tell.
Meanwhile, on the home front, I am simultaneously in “Nana heaven” and having the workout of my life. But the kids are easy as can be, and they are all self-sufficient (no diapers, no shoes to tie, no high-chairs, and they can buckle their own seatbelts). All I have to do is drive them around to activities and feed them. Bekah made sure that I would have an easy time of it. She even put their clothes for each school day in labeled zip lock bags, packed up the basketball bag, the ballet bag, and arranged their Sunday clothes in neatly labeled piles. Not only that, but she made them muffins for each morning for breakfast (frozen and labeled), as well as pumpkin pies to take to school for the Thanksgiving parties they’ll be having tomorrow.
She left me a detailed sheet of instructions for each day. Yesterday, besides the daily schedule of school, ballet, and basketball, she had listed all the homework assignments for me to oversee (oh, dear). After considering what kind of crazy load they might be asking me to jump into, they very kindly decided to cancel piano lessons, hockey (I don’t know how to begin to put all the equipment on Judah), and something else I can’t remember. Last night Doug met me half-way through Knox’s basketball game, and I left with the girls to go home and fix dinner. Each night one of the kids gets his or her favorite dinner. And I tell you, it is nice to have such an easy crowd. Last night Judah requested homemade chicken noodle soup and tonight was calzones for Hero. I’m pretty sure someone requested corndogs, and I’m hoping that’s what’s on for tomorrow.
Not only did Bekah get all the scheduling, clothing, and breakfast treats arranged,Â but she also arranged for a treasure hunt each day for the kids, and posted the clues and who opens what each day. Here are a couple below.
So the kids are having a great time, and I am having a blast, and the parents are no doubt shuffling around wondering what to do with themselves and feeling like Oxford is a whole different place when it’s just the two of them.