Well… I am officially a parent again. My wife and I just got back from Maui last night and although it was incredible I am not going to share much about the trip. Why? For starters I don’t want to bore you, and for the last week I got to quit parenting. Since this is a blog about being a dad it wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense talking about a week that I didn’t even need to be a dad… although it was the greatest week of my parenting life.
Our 3 daughters were waiting for us in the airport with a giant sign that said
“Welcome Home Mom and Dad! Love Eowyn, Hayley and Andi”.
It was pretty awesome and cute, but it might as well said,
“Welcome Home Mom and Dad! Love Responsibility, No Life and 24/7.”
For a solid week I didn’t have to do this, and it was awesome. No car seats, sippy cups, kids toys, crying or wining. Don’t get me wrong… I did miss my girls a ton, but I did not miss the bad parts of parenting. Take right now for instance. Right this second my two oldest daughters are taking a bath, one is antagonizing the other and making her scream and cry. I’m going to keep on typing and hope my wife hears.
Back to the story… Before we could even get back home, which was past midnight, parenting was in full swing. After unpacking our luggage I had to crawl back into the car to unbuckle the car seats from the 3rd row and transfer them into our car. Car seats… giant, bulky and by the rate my girls are growing they are going to legally need to ride in them until they are 16.
A lot less spear fishing and a lot more walking my toddler across the supermarket to the restroom on the complete other side of the store.
Because we have been gone for a week, a trip to the store was in order. We decided to head to Hayley’s old friend, Fred Meyer.
One race car cart packed with three girls and flushies. (For those that don’t speak Kid, flushies are slushies.)
You know your wife has snapped back into parenting gear when with as much joy in her voice as seeing the beaches of Maui she shouts,
“Oh my gosh! Banana’s are 38 cents a pound!”
In typical parenting fashion we had an hour to shop for our list. Between bathroom stops, feeding hungry girls, chasing kids down the isle and saying “No” to everything my kids wanted to buy, we managed to purchase about 30% of our list.
It is wonderful!
Although coming home to real life is hard to do this makes it all worth it.