This is the first time I have left my family to travel out of the country. I've done a few days here and there solo, but nothing this big so I would be lying if I told you I wasn't feeling nervous at all. Oh--they will undoubtedly be fine with their Daddy--but I will miss them, for sure. I do feel bad for Rowdy, though. It's a pretty heavy burden to do the single parent thing (I've done it for 7 weeks, in fact), so I know there will be a few nights where he's pretty tired. Regardless, I am looking forward to the break tremendously! I'm not sure what I am more excited about...spending a week gabbing with my best friend, or experiencing the vibrancy of a new place/life/culture. Both, perhaps.
Every time I leave the kids I wrap presents for them to open each day. Usually it is a little gift, or a new book to read, or a place to go like a gift certificate to Dairy Queen. It's my little reminder each day that I think of them. In this situation, I will have to schedule a Skype call or just email because an international phone call won't work and a huge time zone will make things difficult. So--I have been thinking that my little gift to them each day needs to be extra meaningful. I thought some with a Chinese theme would be fun!
Some of my ideas of gifts to give:
+Go out to eat some Chinese Food at our favorite restaurant Hong's Garden.
+Check out THIS book from the library to read.
+Fortune cookies from the store (we are so lucky to have so many Asian stores around) or maybe I can make them with personalized messages?
+Chinese candy that my friend sent me.
+A printed out map of where I will be/spots that I will be going to and coloring pages.
+A movie night complete with candy and popcorn.
+Letter to each child filled with reasons why I love them.
Have you ever done this? What are YOUR ideas?