My parents are coming to stay with the kids for a few days while Tony and I get outta town. I don’t think they really know what they’re in for, but I’m guessing that sleep deprivation isn’t too bad if it’s only for a couple of nights. Prolonged lack of sleep is what makes a person stabby, and I should know.
They are, hopefully, preparing themselves for more than a bit of this:
Emphatic morning cheer. Also, insistence. He wants his breakfast and he wants it now. Now being 5:30 am. And then, later, he wants some of your breakfast, especially if you’re having Frosted Mini Wheats because those are his favorite.
And I’m sure my parents prefer to sleep alone, without children between them, but guess what? Both grandkids will end up in bed with them before morning, almost guaranteed.
The dog likes to go out around 2:30 am, I think because the house gets too warm, or maybe because he really enjoys hearing the thumping bass line of the songs that one guy blasts from his car stereo when he drives by every night. Thanks for that, loud bass guy. Sometimes Buster makes it until 5 am, but since Alli will also be there, he will feel comfortable leaving her in charge of the children while he prowls the backyard.
I’m sure my parents recall reading the same books to me fifteen bajillion times in a row, but fond remembrance and the reality of doing so for a half-hour at a time are two different things.
I hope they aren’t too attached to picking out their own clothing in the morning – the kids have pretty strong opinions when it comes to colors and patterns that are acceptable for each day.
My mom and dad are going to have to keep up with the Elf on the Shelf nonsense. So far, I haven’t made Cheese the Elf get into any mischief by posing him someplace super interesting, so my keeping the bar low should enable my parents to comply with this little ritual. Seriously, though, have you seen the elaborate schemes people are coming up with?
And, I’ve said it before, my job as a mom seems to be centered around wearing those two boys out. I’ll be leaving my children’s museum cards, Jungle Playland frequent visitor card, and library card for their use over the weekend. Also my Jamba Juice BOGO card, because smoothies are good and that will burn more than a little bit of time.
I think my parents, and my kids, will have fun. I know I will have fun, relaxing in the hot tub, sleeping all night, eating adult food. Oh, vacation. I can hardly wait.