The husband and I are getting ready to take our annual trip North – that would be to Northern Michigan. We go each fall for a long weekend without the kids and it is one of our favorite trips to make. The views of Lake Michigan, hikes on the dunes, wandering thru wineries, delicious dinners, sleeping in… it’s going to be a great couple of days. And thankfully we have parents who are willing and able to come hang out with the kids so we can go. The kids get some extra grandma time – we get some extra alone time. It’s a win-win situation.
When the kids were very young I used to print up a daily schedule. I’d include when they’d eat, what they liked to eat, when they should sleep etc. As they grew old enough to be somewhat independent I dropped the list. We’re talking three days – they can handle being on a different schedule for three days at this point (remember they are 12, 10 and 7 now).
But I have to be honest… I’m typing up a schedule again. WAIT! Don’t roll your eyes at me (that job is reserved for my children). I have a justifiable reason for my OCD tendencies this time. Grandma is coming here to watch the kids and there are multiple practices and games that the kids have to get to. I honestly think it would be inconsiderate of me to expect Grandma to remember their schedules as told to her verbally. I have a hard time remembering where everyone is supposed to be, and they are my kids!
So – I’m back to list making. Not nearly as detailed as my timed daily schedules of years past (yes, really – shut up). But it will include drop off & pick up times. Perhaps a small map since Grandma doesn’t live here. A suggestion of what to do with them on Friday since there is no school that day. Oh, and directions on how to reheat the dinners I’ll make ahead of time.
You’re rolling your eyes again aren’t you? I can’t help it! I am so grateful that someone is coming to watch my children that I feel compelled to make it as easy as possible.
Or I’m a total anal control freak. Whatever.