This year I had to send my babies off with my parents for Thanksgiving. It was so hard. My husband just started a new job and it’s really, really hard and he needs me here to help. But our whole family had planned a trip to Colorado to visit family that we hadn’t seen in a while for Thanksgiving.
I was really stuck.
What do I do, keep my kids home with me for a boring week of who knows what we’d decide to do or send them off to celebrate a holiday with family. Even if their own little family couldn’t make it.
Of course you know their choice. Road trip with Grammy & Papi?? They were all in. It even went a little like this:
Me: “So you guys want to go or stay? We could play with friends each day and find fun stuff to do here!”
My older son: “I’m going with Grammy an Papi.”
My younger son: “I’ll stay with you mommy. I can stay.”
Me: *heart eyes* beaming with joy. “Oh Eli, good! I’m so happy, we’ll make it so much fun!”
Older son: “You know mom and dad aren’t coming. It’s just us and Grammy and Papi.”
Younger son: “Oh, never mind, I’m going with them then!”
Me: WOMP WOMP
I lost that one, but you know what, as hard as it is to let go of my babies over a holiday, there are a couple things I’ve been reminded of through friend, family & even some wonderful readers.
First, the boys will have so much fun and they are creating memories to last a lifetime. Yes, I wish I was in those memories, but one trip isn’t going to ruin our relationship or create any negative memories.
Second, family is important. We don’t get to see this family as much and I am so happy they will get to hang with them.
Third, they’re getting to travel, which they love!
Fourth, and most importantly, how incredibly blessed are we that I even have parents who are willing to forgo what would have been an relaxing trip to take my rambunctious boys with them. To have a brother who when I asked if he could help out with the boys while he was there said he was already planning on it. To have family that will take my kids in whether we’re there or not, and make sure that they are loved and cared for. I mean seriously, who could ask for more?
So no, this isn’t how I’d like to spend my Thanksgiving. I love family holidays and it’s tough not to have it be tradition. But quite honestly, it could be far, far worse!
So Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have a fabulous day with friends, family and loved ones. I hope that you enjoy your turkey, stuffing, potatoes, green beans, pies and all the glorious abundance of food we have! God bless and enjoy each other!