After 5 years of no vacationing, my streak came to an end.  The boyfriend invited me to go with him to Colorado, and I decided to give it a go.  Then came the realization I had never left HJ for more than 48 hours.  And I panicked.  I felt like a bad mom.

But you know what?  After 3 years of not taking much of a break, I decided I deserved it.  I also wanted HJ to know I was thinking of him while I was gone, even if I was planning on calling every 8 hours.

Before I left town, I wrote HJ a little note for every day and attached it to a small gift.


IMG_3549 IMG_3553 IMG_3552The gifts were small things I mostly had lying around the house just waiting for a special occasion.  Nana said that he would ask her for his gift in the morning and had fun ripping open the packages.

What things have you done to help prepare your kids for mom or dad leaving?

6 Thoughts on “Preparing for Vacation

  1. What a cute idea! When I went to DC I thought about doing that for Stella but she still doesn’t really care about presents yet. Next year if I go away it will be a fun thing for her!

  2. You’re such a great mama! I’m glad you got away and had some fun with BF 🙂

  3. Omg how cute!!

  4. Such a good idea! I always have toys around that I find on clearance so this could be a easy, cheap thing to do.

  5. belleduchene on January 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm said:

    WHAT A GREAT MOMMA! This is so nice of you

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