The littlest hard parts

If you ask the grown ups what’s new, what they’ve been up to, the answer is usually some version of “not much” or “same ol’, same ol’”.

You don’t even have to ask the kids.

All you have to do is look at them to see what they’ve been up to. Growing. Learning. Changing. Forgetting who you are and falling in love with new things since the last time you saw them.

My neices. My nephew. My nephew who hasn’t even been born yet. My goddaughter. You don’t even realize what you’ve been missing until you’re face to face with it, and then you can’t ignore how much more you’ll be missing as soon as you get back on the plane.

We’re driving back to Bettendorf, Iowa right now where we’ll drop off the rental car and kiss our own kids goodbye after my dad takes us to the airport. We’ve had a great visit with family and friends, and we have almost two months of time together – just Jared and I – to look forward to on the other end of our flight.

But man, I’m going to miss these kids.

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  1. I have NO idea how you do it. I’m sure they have a B.L.A.S.T. with Nana, but you’re a stronger woman than I for giving her that time.

  2. Hockeymandad says:

    Yeah, no clue how you do it. I mean, I miss your kids! You can always come visit mine if you need a fix.

    I bet they will have a blast and I bet that although you and Jared will miss those kids there will be some wonderful moments that will be found that were not possible if they were there. Just think of all the movies you crazy kids can go see now…whenever you want!

    I understand the missing family stuff too. All my relatives live in NY and I could count on fingers how many times I’ve been back there since we moved to Florida when I was 12. Even though I have Angie’s family to supplement that stuff, I still feel disconnected in ways. But maybe that feeling is only because I only see them now and then and if I saw them all the time I’d go crazy. Or perhaps I just tell myself that.

  3. Avitable says:

    I wish my parents had done that with me when I was younger. It would have been nice to have had that time with my grandparents and cousins.

  4. Becca says:

    The kiddos are so pretty!! Enjoy your time with Jared alone!!

  5. Lisa says:

    I loved hanging out with my grandparents in the summer! I always looked forward to it. I wish Nick had had the same opportunity, but our family is so small now there never were cousins to visit, and his grandma lives here in town. I know you’re going to miss the your shorties, but they’re getting an opportunity that I don’t think a lot of kids get anymore. It’s pretty awesome that they get to do it!

  6. rachael says:

    What an upbringing! Your children will be so grateful for that time when they’re older. And they get to be part of Iowa when it isn’t freezing out. Those other babies are bound to insist on spending part of the winters with you as they grow and stretch.

  7. muskrat says:

    Two months? Wow. I can’t even get Deb to agree to drop ours off for 4 days next week.

  8. Ronece says:

    My kids go with their dad and grandparents every July. Everyone asks me how I do it. It’s simple. It’s my time to re-energize, re-organize, clean out, and just do things you can’t do while wiping butts, getting drinks, and catering to their every need.
    I look forward to it. Everyone needs a break, and if you know they are in good hands it is well worth it!

  9. Jennifer says:

    If only I could learn to do that! I am envious right now. . . Oh so green

  10. Jared says:

    Wait, you were blogging while I was driving….

  11. Steph says:

    This really resonates with me. I spent my Summers anywhere but home. At my family’s ranch or at my grandma’s in Colorado. I didn’t know until a few years ago how hard that was on my mom. I never even considered it when I was young, I just wanted an adventure away from home and as I got older my mom and I butted heads so I wanted to be anywhere she wasn’t.

    Now I am a serious home body. I could not live away from my family. I would not make it. I also could not imagine being away from my kids for any length of time. Thankfully their grandmas both live right down the road.

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