Aloha Friday: Mish Mash of Feelings
Thanks to a bunch of last minute planning, we’ll soon be heading to Disney World. This time, without the kids. This will be our first time to Disney World sans kids since our honeymoon. (Of course, we didn’t have children then, so it was easy to go by ourselves.) In the short time that we’ve come up with the idea for this trip and planned it, I’ve had a weird mixture of emotions.
I feel happy at getting to spend a week with my wife without little guys interrupting. Don’t get me wrong. I love my boys. It’s just that sometimes I want to spend time with my wife. We get very few date nights and even fewer complete nights without kids. Our only “vacation” without the kids was when we went to BlogHer last year. That trip, while fun, was hardly a romantic getaway. We’ve been married for 10 years and we deserve this time to ourselves.
While I’m feeling happy, though, I’m also feeling guilty. After all, the kids love Disney. Since we told them what we’re doing, they’ve alternated between begging to go and accepting it sadly. If we announced tomorrow that it was all a cruel joke and they were coming with us, they’d be the happiest kids in the world.
Along with the guilt is fear. Not just my fear of flying, but fear of the unknown. We’ll be leaving the kids with my parents during the week. My parents have never watched the kids for any length of time. I’m sure they’ll do a good job, but my mind keeps conjuring up scenarios. What if NHL has a panic attack? What if JSL won’t eat anything? What if the boys don’t behave? Every less-than-perfect scenario is playing through my mind and it scares me.
Still, I know that we need this trip. We need time away from the kids. If we don’t get time off to work on us from time to time, the constant stress could negatively impact our marriage. And a negatively impacted marriage is *NOT* going to raise our kids well.
My Aloha Friday question for today is: Have you gone on trips without your kids? If so, have you ever felt this mixture of emotions?
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