So Long Daddy... See You In A Few Weeks!

Matt arrived back in India today after traveling a grueling 29 hours. I dropped him off at the airport yesterday around 6 am, and after two layovers and three plane changes, he made it to Chennai safe and sound... with a 14 pound Butterball Turkey for Thanksgiving, and 6 pounds of sausage in his bag.

It's hard to believe that the last 5 1/2 weeks passed so quickly. So much happened during his trip here... We had a baby. He had 2 gum surgeries. He got sick... twice. We schlepped around buying everything, including the kitchen sink, for our consumables and layette shipment. He became Mr. Mom... and did a great job.

This definitely wasn't a vacation for Matt. He had little time to himself and had to pick up exactly where I left off. He had to step in and completely take care of the girls... including everything school related, after school related, and all the schlepping in between. He made breakfast, he made lunches, he picked out school clothes, and he did hair do's (and many times hair don'ts). He was amazing. And most importantly, he now has a greater appreciation for me and everything I do for the kids and family.

Of course now that Matt is gone I am left here by myself with the 3 kidlets. Yikes. Our first night alone was just OK... with only a few minor meltdowns. We managed to do baths, dinner, and bedtime in a relatively timely manner, followed up this morning with the daily routine and getting Riley to her last day of school with a few minutes to spare (which hasn't always happened...).

We have a little shy of 3 weeks left before we head back to India to join him. There's so much to do and so little time. The girls have mini camp at the JCC next week. I have our big consumables and layette pack-out and shipment. We have a wedding in Indianapolis.

Wish me luck these next few weeks that I make it through each day with some semblance of sanity - and a bottle of wine always available.


Gwen said...

Hey Jilly bean! I'm right there with you about the 3 kids thing. It's great to hear that you're doing well. Hope you like my house!

Crystal said...

Jill, you are an amazing Mom and my hero! You and your family are in my prayers~

OHmommy said...

Good luck Jill. Hang in there... enjoy the giggles on the way. It's what helps me. And the vin too. That's an added bonus!

Anonymous said...

Sending you a case of the stuff now :)

You're the rock ... hang in there!

Mom24 said...

I'm sure it was good for him to get a taste of all you do. I'm not sure Mark would have held up very well. Kuddos to Matt.

Good luck to you for the next few weeks. By the end of them even India might seem good. :-)

Robin said...

I hope the next few weeks pass smoothly and quickly, and that the plane ride back does doubly so!

Jen said...

not fun doing this by yourself but you can and will with the help of wine.

Michelle said...

Praying everything goes smoothly for the trip back to India!

Shannon said...

Wow, it has seemed like the last few weeks have just flown by! I can't believe it's almost time for y'all to go back!

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