Thursday, February 19, 2009

Should I Stay Or Should I Go Now?

John will be out of town for over a week in early March and I can't decide if I should take both kids to Texas, or if I should stay put. So, a simple list.

Pro: I'm very homesick for Texas. The people. The weather. The TEXMEX. I haven't been there since LAST MARCH when my unborn fetus almost died from freaking Fifth Disease. Con: Last time I attempted this, someone almost died from freaking Fifth Disease. And I am STILL getting medical bills for that shit. (Side Note: Is it a universal LAW that medical establishments will triple bill you, just hoping you're a moron and will pay three times!? And is it also a law to just bust out with new charges 10 months later after telling you there was zero balance?)

Pro: Spending time with friends and family who appreciate my kids and not having to solo parent for a week by myself. Con: So many people to see that I end up running myself ragged trying to do it all and juggling too many commitments and not sleeping and getting a freaking DISEASE and almost killing someone.

Pro: Getting to go somewhere springlike. Taking kids to familiar home playgrounds. Wildflowers? Con: Having to drag myself and two (relatively unpotty-trained) other individuals there along with all their shit--car seats, strollers, toys, diapers, DVD players, books, snacks and 15 pounds of lollipops for bribery. Oh. Also extra under pants.

Pro: Going HOME. I was in bed crying last week just wishing I were at my parent's house. With the familiar sounds (my dad banging pots in the kitchen at the crack of dawn making something interesting like sauteed squid on toast, my mom playing the piano), the smells (my dad cooking garlic in olive oil in preparation for one of his awesome spaghetti sauces, my mom making coffee while watching the Today Show), the zany activities (my dad's worm farm, the random outings to The Snake Farm, the late night wine-fueled sing-a-longs), the familiar and comfortable feel of being home. Con: My parents are starting a massive home renovation and it might be me and both kids in one bedroom and the kitchen might be out of commission. Now, I could EASILY share a room with either kid. But, I can't quite picture doing it with both. Would Andrew wake up Becca everytime he wakes me up? Maybe he can sleep in the living room.

But, I just thought about this. And this. And this. Man. I think that pushes me over to the "Go" camp. Plus, it should provide plenty of good blog fodder. "First Time Travelling with Two Kids, Woman Loses It in Airport. Friends Say It Wasn't Wholly Unexpected."

14 comments:

Tracy said...

still cant see mine, can you?

Tracy said...

blog that is.
I would say stay because we would miss you, but seems like I haven't seen you in months anyway and at least one of us would be around family, warm, help, warm, drinking wine with family, warm...you get the picture!
(oh and I love spending time with my family so much, I usually slip in under the radar and not see my friends. Is that bad? I hate feeling that I didn't even see my family at the end of a running visit)

Kristi said...

I'm probably biased because I live in Texas, but I say you should visit! The bluebonnets come out in March!! And Chuys! And flip flops!

molly said...

go on, girl. go home.

Anonymous said...

WE CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU ALL.
LOVE,
SA GRAMMY

Bevo said...

Come, girl. COME HOME!!!

MaryB said...

GO!!!! I amde it from Tokyo to Pensacola, and Tokyo to Singapore with two kids in diapers and carseats by myself. Im not saying that I didnt have a total breakdown in LA once, but I made it. And HOME was totally worth the breakdown.

Stop in Fort Worth!

Ann said...

I would go home in a second. I miss Fairbanks terribly and despite having to keep track of two kids in the airport the time with family would be worth it.

lisa said...

Well, lets talk about me first. Im glad I ended up staying because 1) $4000 and 2) 24 hours of travel time. But- for you: free and a short flight? I'd say go for it. The big downside being The Load (why hasn't someone invented a solution to the crap schlepping when traveling with kids?) Can you check your carseats all the way through? Borrow from someone there? Plead with the parents to buy one?

Erin said...

I think you should GO! You won't regret going (<-- LIE. You'll regret it the entire time your in the airport & plane), but you might regret stayting. You just can't go wrong with grandparent time.

Also, I can see your blog, and have been able to all along.

The Quinn Report said...

Go Girl!!!!

Lysandra said...

Go! Go home. We aren't getting younger and neither are our parents. Life is too short to not see our families. Mikey and I promise to drive down to see you...if you aren't coming the week I am going to visit my mom in Vegas.

The Peregos said...

I'm late voting. I vote GO! It will be nutty. I might stay a few more days to give myself a break between trips. Could John meet you later and fly home with you? An idea. You'll do great!

Angie said...

GO!!!