I am not sure how I survived in CA with a traveling husband and no grandparents within 350 miles. J was out of town this weekend again (only three nights this time! Yay!), and so the kids and I showed up on my parents' doorstep at 8 am on both Saturday and Sunday. They were unbelievably sweet to us the entire weekend (and I do mean the entire weekend - I really only took the kids home to sleep!)
They fed us, laughed with us, played with us, took us on train and carousel rides at the park, and took us swimming (Grandpa was the only one brave enough to get in the cold water with them!) They even let me escape to the gym for an hour and a half (it's amazing how when I was working I used to drag myself to the gym, but now working out on my own sounds incredibly relaxing :)
The kids had a ball, and I did, too. It was so much fun for us to have time to just hang out together without one of us "visiting" from out of state. And, it was just such a great reminder of what wonderful and selfless parents I have. You couldn't find someone who loves their kids or grandkids more than they do. I don't know what I'd do without them!
Sleeping Side Note: My kids' sleeping is still pretty terrible. I was reassured of that this morning when I went back and forth between the two of them from 3:00-4:30 a.m. Yesterday in a magazine, I saw that 2-3 year olds should be sleeping 13-14 hours per day. Ha! My kids sleep between 8 and 9 hours per night with plenty of wake-ups in between. Then I get a 45 min. to 1.5 hour nap during the day if I'm lucky. B didn't nap at all this weekend. That brings them to a grand total that doesn't even laugh at the minimum. Hmmm....