Occasionally, jb has to travel for work. It's not ideal - we miss her, she misses us, and I'm flying solo for the tricky times of day like bedtime. Still, it's part of her work and there's no avoiding the occasional work trip. Sometimes, though, (when a trip is within driving distance) we will tag along. It's not exactly a family vacation - jb does have to work, (and usually longer than usual hours) after all. But we do get to at least see jb for good-mornings and good-nights. Plus, we get to stay in a hotel and explore a new place.
This past weekend, work called jb to Harrisburg. It was a short trip - arriving Friday afternoon and leaving Sunday morning - and jb was quite busy, but the kids and I made the most of it.
Leo loves hotels. This is mainly because we let him jump on the beds and watch TV. (And by TV, I mean on the laptop because - whoa. It's not easy to find a show that isn't totally objectionable on hotel channels - and the commercials are relentless. The poor kid watched 20 minutes of HGTV before I finally handed over my laptop.) jb also goes out to get us all coffee in the morning. jb gets regular coffee, I get a syrupy frou-frou drink, and Leo gets lightly steamed milk with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
|Watching a show and drinking "coffee"|
|On the People's Bridge|
|Watching the River|
The kids had a blast. And yes, my plan worked - they got good and tired and conked out soon after dinner. I do wish jb could have joined us on these adventures - but I'm really glad that we got to see her more than if we'd been in different cities. The ability to tag along on her work travel also allows to take trip we couldn't otherwise afford (Hello, NYC!). It's a win-win. At least for me and the kids. I'm sure jb could use a night to just relax in a hotel room alone.