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The Mice Will Play

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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:

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The Mice Will Play

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.

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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Emily Elling is a corporate interior designer and freelance writer. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and four unintentionally hilarious children. Emily also blogs at her personal blog, DesignHER Momma. Read bio and latest posts → Read emily's latest posts →

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4 thoughts on “The Mice Will Play

  1. Susan Alberda says:

    Holy MOLY, Michael!!! How do you think him and Jason are going to fare with eight kids when you and I go out for a night on the town this weekend?

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  3. Shannon says:

    Oh I love this! And WOW….he showed up a LOT of us Mommas! :) Good job Michael! Thanks for sharing your Emily with us ;) .

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