Thursday, November 20, 2008

See You Later

Twice a year, I leave my family behind and take off on a four day retreat with friends. It's a time to unwind, relax, and not worry about washing dishes, doing laundry, or cooking meals. It's a chance to recharge my batteries and have enough energy to carry me through to the next retreat. It's a time I cherish because I get to leave the worries of life behind and just have fun with friends.

We are allowed to bring our babies until they are two years old. This will also be Josh's last retreat. While it means I won't leave mommyhood behind entirely, bringing him is a good thing also. He so often gets left out at home. He's too young to participate in the older kids' studies. Oh, he tries but he just doesn't have the attention span to sit through it and becomes disruptive at times. We'll include him when we can but more often than not, we just want him to leave us alone so we can get the work done. The age difference between him and the old kids means he often gets left out in play time as well. He just doesn't know how to share and play nicely in their games. They play with him but they often want to play without him, too. Usually, it's when he is the most needy for attention that they are the most needy for time without their younger brother. So, it is good he is coming along. He'll have Mommy all to himself. He'll do some cutting and pasting, some playing, maybe some painting, and perhaps some walking around the lake this weekend. Mommy won't have old siblings to teach, chores to do, or a computer to take her away from him. Plus, he'll have other adults who will enjoy entertaining him as well. It will be a good weekend for him too.

So, I've been busy all week doing my usual mommy chores and getting ready to go. I know my online presence has been lacking this week. Now, it will be nonexistent until at least Sunday night. There's no Internet where I'm going nor do I have any posts written and scheduled to post while I'm gone. Hopefully, you'll all be here when I get back.

Have a great weekend!

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The Four Week Vegan said...

It sounds like a wonderful time away - you will get refreshed and Josh will have a super time being an only child for 4 days - they all need a little of that from time to time. I will miss you on Twitter and your helpful blogging. Have a super time!

Deb said...

I hope you both have a great weekend. See ya next week :)