I took the kids to PA for the week and was able to telework while Jeremy took the week off and spent it in northern California camping with his dad and his brother.
My mom was prepared for the fact that two kids with short attention spans were about to be in her house for a week. She had so many activities planned. She even had a full sized huge bounce house! They also had the house kid proofed and my Dad had spent the last few months getting the spare bedroom ready for the kids. It went from our old magic room (yes magic room) into a kids room fully decked out in Mickey Mouse. It's also the first time that the kids slept together in the same room without Mommy and Daddy. They did great.
While I worked, the kids had fun playing in the pool, using the new t-ball set, and just hanging out playing with all the toys they don't see that often. That night we ate dinner at Blue Mountain. This is the ski resort that I used to race for in high school. It's amazing to be back, even in the summer, to see all the upgrades that have taken place over the last 15 years. It really looks nice, especially the lodge area.
Day three was another work day for me but I was able to play in the morning because my work schedule was shifted to Pacific time. There was play time in the bounce house, finger paints, bubbles, and an egg hunt. Like I said, lots of activities planned. Mom even got them a chalk board and a new track with race cars that they played with while I worked.
Wednesday was a day off for me. It was also a special day because my long time friend, John, came down from New York to see us. It was so nice of him to make the drive back and forth in the same day, and I can say it was so much appreciated. We were all going to go down to Dutch Wonderland with the kids, but it was hot and we decided to just stay home and relax. That was fine by all. John and I first met doing magic so many years ago. Since that time we've weaved in and out of magic, but John's love and talent of balloons had exploded. He's amazing. Words cannot describe. He was also nice enough to bring balloons down and show me a few new twists I can do myself. Yes, at one time I used to be into balloons as well as magic. John even pulled out a paw patrol balloon for Max without having done one before. Amazing.
Thursday was day five and that meant back to work for me. While I had a pretty hectic day, the kids had fun feeding the fish at the fish hatchery, playing with all the toys, and even trying to make some slime. That night we went to the carnival at Muhlenburg Hospital. They had ride passes for $20 and Max rode so many rides it was well worth it.
Soon enough it was Friday and it was time to go home. It was really hard leaving this time. I know the kids had so much fun with Grandma and Papa, but they were also ready to go home and see Daddy. I know Max wishes that all his grandparents and uncle Matt lived closer. Perhaps one day.
The flight home was fortunately uneventful. It's a long flight but the kids did great. Unfortunately it was a full flight, both legs, but even with our small space Max managed to sleep the entire flight from Chicago back to Oakland. Jesse did good, though he's become a little troublemaker. At one point he wanted Max to play so he whacked him with a phone. That was a rude awakening.
A million thanks to my parents for showing the boys a good time and having so many activities planned to keep them occupied for the week. After this trip I think they are ready for a week on their own while Mommy and Daddy take a vacation. What do you think? :)