As we all know, Sunday is Father’s Day. However, at my house, this is apparently “Father’s Weekend” and my husband has two action-packed days planned doing all of his favorite things: mountain biking, drinking beer, hanging out with his buddies, more mountain biking and eating steak.
Living the dream
Somehow, I don’t think mowing the lawn is on his to-do list this weekend. Since Nick is away at the shore for a week, I guess I could step up and deal with the lawnmower to cut our unruly yard. I actually have cut the grass before…once, I think. It didn’t go particularly well (apparently you don’t push a lawn mower the same way you do a vacuum cleaner) and we all agreed that I should probably never get near the mower again. My daughter could do it…wait, I’m laughing too hard to continue that sentence. Never mind.
Lest you think I only value my husband for his mad lawn care skills, I assure you that he is appreciated for far more than that! Besides being a loving partner and my best friend, he’s a great dad to our two kids and has been very involved with them throughout their lives as a coach, Scout leader and even serves on the local school board so that he can make a difference in their educational experience. He’s really a good guy and deserves to have a great Father’s Day/Weekend filled with all of his favorite activities and food.
Besides, the mower will be waiting for him on Monday.
Occasionally my husband packs his bags and leaves for the weekend. Usually it’s for a guys’ mountain biking excursion, but sometimes it’s for work. This weekend was a work trip to New York (upstate, not the Big Apple.)
A little time apart isn’t a bad thing…but I do miss him. Not just because I get lonely and end up talking to the dogs, but also because it becomes apparent that he does a lot of work around the house on the weekends. With him gone, most of it falls on me. Read the rest of this entry »
You child’s school district closes unexpectedly for the day. You have an important meeting at work and a report due by the end of the day. You frantically try to line up childcare but are unsuccessful. Do you bring your child to work with you or call out sick?
For working parents, this situation (or something like it) is bound to happen sooner or later. That’s why it’s so important to have an employer who is understanding and supportive of your family obligations.
Unfortunately, many employers do not fall into this category.
However, there’s been a push lately all across the U.S. to increase awareness of the needs of working families and to improve workplace policies. Read the rest of this entry »
My kids have only 13 days of school left. Once their finals are over in early June, they’ll be free…at least for the next 2½ months. I’m happy for them…I remember the joy of summer vacation – when the days seemed endless and full of fun, sun and friends. Yes, summer is a great time from a kid’s perspective! However, for working parents, it can be stressful. Read the rest of this entry »
On Sunday, I’ll celebrate my seventeenth Mother’s Day. I don’t expect anything from my two teenagers, although I’ll undoubtedly get a card and probably a store-bought gift that my husband will purchase on their behalf. I appreciate the thought – I really do. But now that the kids are older, I have to admit I miss getting the messy, sticky, hand-made Mother’s Day stuff that they used to bring home from school when they were little. Those were the best gifts – made with pure mommy-adoration! Read the rest of this entry »