I'm back and had a great time in San Diego. The tea was lovely, as was the company. I have a few photos to share later, but just between you and me, right now I need to get something off my chest.
In our house, we have a "no fly rule" for children between the ages of 1 and 2 1/2 years old. This rule was established not only for the other passengers, but for the sanity and well being of our own family. This rule came about after several never ending flights where I stepped off the plane perspiration-soaked from entertaining a child who was over the coolness of being on a plane 10 minutes into the flight. Hence the "no fly rule"! Anyway, because Laney does not meet the criteria for airline travel, Sam stayed home with the kids so I could go to celebrate my grandmother's 75th birthday.
This was the second time I had gone back to California for a long weekend and left Sam with the kids. The first time Sam did a great job and, secretly, I thought/hoped it was beginners luck. He took the kids to pick out pumpkins, they played at all of the parks and he even took all three out to dinner downtown and I'm not talking Bob's Big Boy.
Between you and me, I had hoped for a bit of difficulty. I wasn't hoping for anything catastrophic, but maybe a tube of toothpaste in the toilet, maybe a finger stuck in a Playmobil toy, or a plate of food knocked on the floor, or even a night filled with waking children - nothing too bad, but something that is typical of taking care of three kids all day. Once again - nothing. Yeah, sure he didn't have to host any play dates, run to the grocery store for milk, bake three dozen cookies for a school event, trim fingernails, or mend a pair of pants, but still he did an amazing job.
Not only did he succeed at being Mr. Mom for three days, but I drove up to find this waiting for me:
All three of the kids colored in the letters and then he strung them up on the gate with our chili pepper lights. I loved it, but, just between you and me, there was a small part of me that wished they'd spilled the paint.