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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What do you do when hubby travels?

Papa's been traveling more and more these days.  And let's just say it's testing my patience. 
I mean I love love love the part where I get to stretch out on our bed and hog all the pillows!  I love the thought of making gazpacho and crudités and a  lovely chilled dill salad.  
Don't get me wrong, I don't actually make any of these things, but when Papa's away, I can make whatever I want with no regard for his meat-n-potatoes pallet. 
But 7 kiddos in the house, without a plan and without two adults to supervise the chaos, especially during the weekend when they are all home all day long, just makes our home a disaster very very quickly!  The 3 littlest ones alone can remove every single object from it's place and deposit it on the floor in mere moments.
So this thing where he is out of town regularly is kinda new for me.   And it's kinda tying my patience.  
It's still warm here, so on this weekend when Papa was away, we went to a nearby splash pad late in the afternoon.  (For anyone local, this one is in the back of DC Ranch Marketplace.)  A couple hours splashing in the water, playing in the sand puddles, and creating more chaos, and the kiddos came home tired and hungry.
It was lovely!
So how do you mamas whose hubbys travel do it when your hubby is away?  Do you plan special activities?  Hunker down at home?  Arts-n-crafts?  Are there any special rules when dad's away?  
I really could use some tips or tricks that help make it a good time for all.  
And no outing is complete with out an appearance by you-know-who!
Yes, we're safe and protected even when Papa is out of town.  

23 comments:

  1. Good Morning My Friend, I am glad that Papa is back safe and sound. Is he going to be going away a lot more? I don't have any suggestions other than send a few kids with him or hire a nanny. Tee hee...
    I think I say it most every time I post, but I love the pictures you take of your children. It looks like they were having a blast.

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  2. If my hubby has to travel for more than one night then my my mom stays with me to help. She's really helpful!

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    1. That's so awesome! Now all I need is you mom's phone number! She'd just love us!
      teee heeeee
      nancy

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  3. Ok, so I realized that my comment was really a whole blog post, so I'll finish writing it ASAP. It was good to think through my last few months. :)

    Maria
    www.matthiaszoo.blogspot.com

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    1. I'm looking forward to it, Maria!

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    2. For anyone who wants some WONDERFUL suggestions, here is Maria's post. Her hubby is gone for 7 months now. She has some really really good practical stuff.
      http://matthiaszoo.blogspot.com/2012/10/when-your-husband-is-away.html

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  4. Love the pics - ours is lots of outdoor and early bedtime for the littles, or their favorite which is snuggled under blankets and movie time

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  5. My husband travels to China every November for two weeks, leaving me the single mother of seven children. We hunker down... eat whatever we want, watch lots of movies, skip a lot of extracurricular activities and just take it easy! He never understood this, until I was in China getting Silas for two weeks without him in May, and he stayed home with the kids... he says he will never complain again if I choose to shut down our regular schedule for two weeks!

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  6. You have some gorgeous kids! I can't imagine being home by myself though with all those kids! God Bless You!!!! Looks like you have fun though!

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  7. I don't envy you. My husband travels for work a lot, but I only have four to manage. We usually stick to our regular schedule, but if a weekend is involved, I try to plan one fun outing, then we splurge on too much fast food and screen time for the rest of the weekend. Without him to distract the kids, I just can't manage to cook or wash dishes, so it's not worth the hassle.

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  8. I LOVE Tess's face in the last picture. ha!

    We are just wrapping up 5 weeks away (home 3 weekends) tomorrow, one week home, then away again for another week. All I can say is we eat a lot of chicken nuggets/mac n cheese towards the end of week five!

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  9. My husband used to be stationed in another country and it was for 3 years. It was difficult as our son was just a baby but he managed to come back every month. During the days when he wasn't around, I would organise a lot of activities, but I only have one kid! You have seven, so I am in awe of you and your patience - go super mummy!! :-)

    Agy of Green Issues

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  10. I love your photos and I really love that you're a Jesus gal! I found your blog through the Southern blog hop and I like it. :-). I'm your newest follower.
    Marci...www.lifewithjoys.blogspot.com

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  11. BY THE WAY - Honey I am leaving Sunday and I will be back on Wednesday. Sorry.

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  12. My husband travels often, and when he is gone I put less stress on myself to keep the house clean & picked up. I do the main areas as usual, but I will make a few rooms and a bathroom) off limits so it is less. I also visit more playgrounds and take walks/bike rides to get everyone out. My four are 4 and under, so I try to keep the dinner/betime routine the same as when he is here. Amy :)

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  13. My husband travels often, and when he is gone I put less stress on myself to keep the house clean & picked up. I do the main areas as usual, but I will make a few rooms and a bathroom) off limits so it is less. I also visit more playgrounds and take walks/bike rides to get everyone out. My four are 4 and under, so I try to keep the dinner/betime routine the same as when he is here. Amy :)

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    1. I like the idea of closing off some rooms. Not sure this hasn't dawned on me before. I think I'll definitely try it next time... like this weekend!
      Thx for the suggestions,
      Nancy

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  14. What a beautiful way to spend the day.

    Following ya right back from last week's Aloha Friday Hop and am hopping you'll share your beautiful story with us again this week, 'cause it really is beautiful this space/ life you are creating here and I truly believe we could all benefit from the light here. Come by anytime, we'll be linking up all day.

    xoxo,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

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  15. my husband travels all the time to and here are a couple of tricks I use to survive. Keep dinner simple which means make kid easy food like mac and cheese or go out. Trick #2 If possible I hire a babysitter to help me for a few hours. Trick #3 ask family for help. Trick #4 keep them busy go to a movie or a fun activity. Trick #5 invite friends over with similar age kids they will have a blast and you will have someone to talk with. Hope these help you1

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  16. Morning - been away for a bit - but at least not on the road! Here's one thought from the "guy half" - we Dad's really don't mind y'all doing whatever you need to do to survive - so at least you don't have the worry that we might be upset with you about what you are doing! And we hate travel too - we really do - we wouldn't be married or have kids if we didn't want that! ;)

    hugs - aus and co.

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    1. Been missing the guy perspective! So if you come home from a road trip and the house is a wreck, you don't mind? ish?

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