When the husband/daddy’s away…

15 Jun

Dave was out of town for the past two weeks on a business trip. For his last business trip, I got to fly to California to spend time with my family, but this time, I held down the fort at home. So, when the husband/daddy was away …

… the wife/mama:

Missed the husband super much.

Finally caved and bought an iPhone. Not a substitute for a husband, but it’s a makeshift substitute for husband’s directions when I am out and about and desperately lost.

Dumb phone vs. smartphone.

Dumb phone vs. smartphone.

Made a batch of cookie dough and feasted upon it after baby’s bedtime (and made it last one and a half weeks… impressive?).

If this is what rock bottom looks like, then life isn't too bad.

If this is what rock bottom looks like, then life isn’t too bad.

Invited the sister missionaries from church over for dinner and relished the good company (they even took out the trash for me!).

Opened jars without manly help (there was a close call with that jar of applesauce, but I scratched by with a victory).

Tried to spread other adult interactions throughout the week like a play group at the park and a trip to the National Archives with Sydney (alas, earlier plans to visit the zoo were rained out).

Aaah such a big boy!

Aaah such a big boy!

Neglected blogging (sorry).

Scrapbooked it up for the first time in a long while, and loved it.

A creative mess is preferable to idle neatness.

A creative mess is preferable to idle neatness.

Wanted to write a thank-you note to every military mom in the country (I’m writing one today for a start).

… the baby:

Was on his best behavior. Seriously, Lars was simply a peach the whole time. (Not to say it wasn’t tiring, of course, but he was about as good as a nearly-one-year-old can be.)

Stood on his own a few times (for a few seconds) and got super fast at his hybrid mobililty technique of rolling + crawling + walking along stuff + sitting + pivoting.

Enjoyed Skyping with the grandparents.

Chilled at the pool (a much more enjoyable experience than last summer, when he screamed at me for dunking him into the not-warm-enough water).

poolbabyWaved “night night” to Daddy’s spot on the couch every night before bed (because of the time difference and Dave’s work schedule, we usually couldn’t Skype with baby).

And today…

DADDY CAME HOME!

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3 Responses to “When the husband/daddy’s away…”

  1. Karen H. June 15, 2014 at 4:21 am #

    Great writing as usual.

    Invest in an Oxo jar opener: http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-Jar-Opener/dp/B00004OCIV. You will never regret it.

    Glad Lars was a good boy all the time. Your description of his motation reminds me of a skateboarder (only without wheels).

  2. Jon Van Woerkom June 15, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    SWEET! Great job in measuring out your portions of Choc Chip Cookie Dough. Excellent willpower! You are a great Mom and have a wonderful family. We can’t wait to see you in about a month for Ryan’s Homecoming. Please wish Dave a hearty ‘Happy Father’s Day’ from me. He richly deserves it. Love, DAD

  3. Heidi June 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Aw, I love the sign on the door. I’m sure that was a happy sight for Dave, but not nearly as happy as seeing you and Lars.

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