It's a tricky deal, time alone. While we were both very much looking forward to some much needed relaxation, we are always a bit hesitant to send the girls off. Not because we have a lack of faith in the grandparents (I turned out quite fantastic I believe), or a doubt that they would have the time of their lives, none of that at all. Simply just a knowledge that we would miss them like mad while they were gone. And miss them we did. Certainly it was nice to catch up on a bit of missed sleep, and have the time to finish an actual conversation with one another. There were lots of projects finished, lots of quiet enjoyed, and a bit of surprise crafting completed while they were away. (and a dead camera battery the entire time) I am very thankful they have grandparents who look forward to spending this wonderful quality time making memories with them and who are happy to give us parents a bit of a break from time to time.
I will be the first to admit I was more than ready to pick them up again to bring them home. I was met with loads of hugs, and even more stories of the excitement from their trip--Did you know Grandpa has a beard?! Enough stories to last us the trip home and then some.
Everyone is home again, right where they belong, and all is once again right in our world.