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."
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