|Santa Barbara Mission|
As I was not around to take Kate for her morning playground time, the hubs took her cycling most mornings and did the marketing too.
|Bonding time with daddy|
On the weekends, he took the 6 of them out for meals and to buy the necessary things they needed.
|Can’t reach? Kate to the rescue.|
He also took them on their weekly supermarket run and the kids had fun choosing their own menu for the 2 weeks.
|“Do I look like an Elf?”|
One of the things I wondered about was who was going to put Kate to bed at night. Turns out, all of them could do that, even #5. He had always been the baby of the family but I guess even he has grown up. The hubs gave him Kate’s bottle of milk and brought them both into the room. His instructions to #5? Don’t let her turn on the lights and don’t let her come out of the room to look for daddy. After 20 minutes, he went to check on them and they were both fast asleep! Easy peasy. (Hmm, maybe the hubs should take over their routine) It was little things like that which allowed me the peace of mind to enjoy my trip.
|Nevermind that they dressed her funny…|
While I was miles away from home, I was so touched to open my luggage and find that #3 had packed a little box of my favourite biscuits for me.
|The little things that matter|
When I arrived home and hugged and kissed them like we had been separated for ages, I realise that the break away from them made me look at them anew for who they were. Each and every one of them, being special in their own way. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, even being away for just 2 weeks!
|Time for presents|
And of course, kids being kids, the presents which mummy brought back somewhat makes up for having mummy gone for so long. Good thing the prices at the U.S. outlets were unimaginably cheap and I managed to pick up lots of clothes and toys for them. And I didn’t disappoint the hubs who changed a whole load of cash and told me before I left to “Spend all the money ok”.
I am indeed blessed many times over. With a wonderful husband and wonderfully independent kids. That I am able to take a lovely break with my mum with peace of mind. I am all rejuvenated and inspired by the beauty of life to be a more wonderful mummy and wife to my family.
Thankful… for all who helped create this blog
Thankful… for #4’s resilience and forgiveness
Thankful… for blogging perks