For three days we have been MANKs – Married Adults, No Kids. School starts Friday (why on Earth would anyone make the first day of school on a Friday?) and the kids’ summer camp closes the week before school. As we both work, that left us in a bind. Fortunately my parents are retired (mostly anyhow) so were willing to watch the kids for this week before school. The good and the bad thing about that is that they are 350 or so miles away.
We headed to PA last weekend to deliver the kids. Sunday afternoon rolled around and we headed back to WV. It was the strangest thing…no movies were playing in the back seat, no one was kicking my seat, there was no complaining or fighting. It was very odd. Emily and I stopped at an outlet mall and I heard not one whiny, “Are we ever gonna leave? I am sooo bored!” I didn’t have to take anyone to the public restroom lecturing them not to touch ANYTHING! Travel was so very weird. I just wasn’t sure how to go about my trip.
Anyhow, once we got home, we “organized” the kids’ stuff some too. Some things were put away properly and many things were filed in the plastic container out back. You see, without the kids around, we get stuff done!
I miss my kids. They are great and I love them tons. Still, a few days as a MANK is a welcome change for us and for them…and I think my parents had fun too. After all, they got some good child labor out of the deal!
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It was great fun but child labor isn’t free. Spent the day yesterday at a fun park on water slides, bumper boats and then pizza for supper and flying in small single engine plane last evening. Kids slept in this morning but cat wouldn’t let grandma sleep. Lots and lots of fun. Leaving for home today.
AH, life without kids. Mr Chiots and I are the opposite. We don’t have kids, so when we spend the day with our nieces & nephew we think, “AH, so glad we don’t have kids”. We love them, but since we’re not used to being around kids all the time it wears us out!
We always worked when we stayed with my grandparents, we loved it!
Enjoy MANKS week!!
When Hon…Butch and I went away last fall, it was the first time we had been away in 18 years! We love the Kids, but we had a GREAT time. We are going to do it again this year. For even LONGER!
Your Kids are making wonderful memories as well. I loved spending time with my GrandFolks.
I am so jealous! I don’t know what that is like and won’t know for many years to come. I will be kid free for the first time come Monday when both of my kids start back to school. What ever will I do with my days?
Being a MANK is fun for about 6 days, then you need to go get them. I’m glad you got some stuff done and so did G’ma and G’pa. For some reason, doing chores at grandparent’s house isn’t quite as awful as doing them at home.
I would sure miss ’em but wow, could I ever get some stuff accomplished with a week off 😉
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