By the time you read this I'll be nearly 5,000 miles away. I'm heading out of town for ten days without my family.
About a year and a half ago my sister-in-law asked me if I would be interested in heading to Europe with my niece, who wanted to go on student trip abroad. But she wanted her to have an adult with her that she knew, so that's where I entered the picture.
We signed up and eighteen months later the time has come!
I'm excited but also sad to be going all the way to Italy and France without my family. The guilt is huge, of course.
While I'm gone the kids will be spending half the time here at home with my husband (camp during the day while he works) and the other half of the time in New York with my parents. The past two summers have included trips without the kids (two years ago we went to Mexico for our 10th anniversary and last year we went to Macedonia and Turkey for a work trip), and during those times they've gone to visit grandma and grandpa.
The kids are super excited to be spending a week in the country. They plan to fish, relax and take some day trips to local attractions/amusement parks. My parents are excited, too.
While it's hard for me to let go and leave them in someone else's hands for over a week, I know it's great for them to have this special time with my family.
I think even if we don't have any trips planned, we'd like to continue the 'week in the summer at grandma and grandpas house'.
Do any of your kids go away for a week in the summer without you?