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The Mice Will Play

One last photo, before heading to the airport.

One last photo, before heading to the airport.

This past week, I took off for a five day long business trip and left my husband, Michael, home with the kids for five very long days. Managing four kids is tough, and doing it while your spouse is away is even tougher.

Admittedly, I had low expectations for him while I was away. Meaning, if basic physical and emotional needs were met (food, sleep, shelter, love) while I was gone, I could pick up the pieces when I returned.

I left him with the laundry done, a relatively clean house, and a stocked pantry. All he really needed to do was focus on the kids. And while I did come home to a messy and chaotic environment, Michael went over and above my single parenting expectation. Wow, I think I married Super Dad.

While I was away, the mice did play:


  • The Children’s Museum. 1 of 7
    The Children's Museum.
    Our city has a fantastic children's museum, so of course we have a yearly membership. While I rarely take all four kids by myself, Michael braved the crowds, and spent the morning checking out the new Hot Wheels exhibit.
  • Send me a picture of the baby! 2 of 7
    Send me a picture of the baby!
    Thursday morning I woke up in my hotel room and texted Michael: "Send me a picture of the baby!." I was missing Paul so much, and just wanted to see him that very moment.
  • Dance Party. 3 of 7
    Dance Party.
    Friday night, I told Michael that I was at a very loud dance party. He texted back a photo of the kids dancing around the living room. I love impromptu "real" photos like this.
  • The Zoo. 4 of 7
    The Zoo.
    Just like the children's museum, the zoo in Indianapolis is pretty great. And just like the children's museum, I rarely take all four kids there by myself. Apparently, my husband has no fear, because on Saturday, the zoo is the place they spent their day.
  • The to the Park. 5 of 7
    The to the Park.
    Yes, of course he took them to the park for a picnic lunch.
  • Shopping. 6 of 7
    Shopping.
    Only crazy people take four kids to the grocery store. My husband did it, and lived to tell.
  • Reality Shot. 7 of 7
    Reality Shot.
    And then, just to keep it real, he sent me a quick photo of what happens when you leave a 2 year old up to his own devices.

I’m home now, and so glad to be here. I missed these little buggers so very much. And all I have to say about my husband is that he made parenting look easy. Maybe too easy…

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