Saturday, April 28, 2012

And It Begins ...

Commuter Husband, Oldest Son, Youngest Son and I have concluded Week One as a Commuter Family.

As expected, this was a very tough week. Oldest Son and I both agree Wednesday was the worst.

We discussed our week at breakfast Saturday morning where I made the homemade biscuits (that is NOT a typo!), Oldest Son cooked the turkey bacon and Commuter Husband made the eggs while Youngest Son watered the outdoor plants.

I prompted this conversation with "Tell me one good thing and one bad thing about Daddy commuting this week."

Youngest Son dead panned "There is nothing good about Daddy commuting."

Well ... that is not completely true but from a 10 year old perspective, I get it.

We are thankful for ...

  • Commuter Husband was welcomed graciously and with love into his sister and brother-in-law's home where he will stay for a few weeks
  • I totally appreciated the yummy prepared meals Commuter Husband left us
  • I added Afternoon Nanny help for late Mondays so Youngest Son does not have to go out to Oldest Son's later night activities
  • Carpool Partners are covering an afternoon pick up and helping on mornings when I have early meetings
  • Youngest Son had a raging case of Poison Ivy and he took complete responsibility for administering creams all over his body, taking oatmeal baths and tracking his Benedryl doses with the school nurse and me.
  • Corporate Benefits!!!!
  • Flexible, honest, loving and understanding kids ... xoxoxoxoxo

The Weekend. It was really, really, really short.

The fun stuff was Commuter Husband spending a couple hours playing baseball with the boys Saturday morning. We went with good friends to see Bully Saturday night. (All parents, educators and older kids (10+) need to see Bully - powerful, intense and just plain sad.) On Sunday, I took a couple hours of personal time with a kindred spirit.

We are in Transition. Transition is Hard. I think overall we did pretty well and we are being realistic, hopeful and patient.


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  2. I so enjoy your posts. I know this must be hard - but you always cope with every situation with grace. You and Tom are such good parents. Mother has always told me, "Something Good comes from everything!" You are looking at the positive not the negative as you always do. I do love it when you are blogging!!!!!

  3. Ginger - you are so sweet! While commuting is not considered "traditionally optimal", I truly believe there are lots of gifts that come through adversity. I also think more and more families are faced with these kinds of choices. We will see where this path takes us ...

  4. Before my husband and I married, my brother and I shared an apartment as young professionals. My brother continued to live with us until he relocated. I was honored when he accepted my offer to stay with us until he had time to get more settled. In the meantime, we actually haven't had much time to visit, but I treasure the few moments we've had. It's so endearing to hear him come home from work and say "Hello! I've got to go Skype with the boys and wife" each night. He is truly a family man and I know he misses them as much as he is missed. He worries about the extra burden on his wonderful wife and how his boys are handling the situation. On Thursday nights, there is an extra bounce in his step as he heads upstairs to Skype and make sure he has what he needs to leave straight from work to drive home for the weekend. My little brother has grown into a wonderful man and is blessed with a family he loves beyond measure. I hope being with us helps make the transition a bit easier.

    1. As logistics are our biggest hurdle right now, we are soooooo grateful that Commuter Husband has a great place to crash till we are ready to move to the next step.