I'm getting ready to power down and pack it up! Last minute checks to make sure all emails are answered and up to date reveal 5 requests for information about my Group and meetings. I'll answer quickly and route any remaining questions to my co-Leader and we are off. I'm heading out at 3:30 AM tomorrow and am planning to spend my evening with the ones that are staying behind.
In an interview with my older kids, ages 3-11, I asked what the best part of Mom being gone would be. The oldest said, "Cha-ching! I'm going to get paid for babysitting!" The 9 y/o said he is looking forward to lots of extra TV, computer, and video games. The 7 1/2 y/o is looking forward to having a babysitter who will bring her younger sister (Acacia's best friend), and little Cordelia gets to go to friends' homes a couple of days.
On the other hand, my husband is a little nervous. He wants everything written down and set for the week. He also isn't quite sure about Nikki and I traipsing cross country on our own. I think he is forgetting about when I went to school downtown at IIT, and not to mention that we spent our first year of marriage living 10 minutes from the loop.
While I am nervous about having the baby at the hotel, those left behind will have their own issues to deal with. I'll be happy as long as I come home to the same number of children I left behind!
See you TOMORROW!