Whenever I tell people that Cody and I are going on a week long cruise by ourselves their first question is always “Who’s going to watch the girls?” It takes all my restraint not to respond “Well, Addie’s seven, almost eight, she can pretty much feed herself and get Vivi up and down the stairs and we still have a month or so to get her used to changing diapers, we figured we’d just leave them alone in the house. We have Netflix, they know how to dial 911 if anything really major happens.” Of course I have my kids taken care of, before I even looked into booking a cruise for the two of us I made sure I had reliable babysitting in place (with an equally reliable back up.) We’re having Cody’s mom fly out for the week (she had offered before, but we were never able to really take her up on it) and aside from my girls getting to spend time with grandma, I’m going to be coming home to house that is 3x cleaner than when I left it, it’s just how she rolls.
So the sitter is in place, the girls will be taken care of, our cruise is paid for, the flights are booked…what’s next? ANTICIPATION OF COURSE!
Cody’s parents have been on dozens of cruises and they were the ones who suggested the Western Caribbean for our first. They just got back from an Alaskan cruise and are set to sail away on a Scandinavian cruise in July. They’ve done it all, so they’ve been our number one resource when it comes to what to plan for and do. (They told us we had to swim with rays in Grand Cayman.) Cody is looking forward to the food and I am looking forward to doing absolutely nothing.
How many times in your life can one look forward to doing absolutely nothing?
Not often enough, that’s what I say.
Addie is looking forward to playing with her grandma’s iPad and Vivi has no idea what’s going on.
There’s still some guilt about spending all this money on us and not involving the girls, but in the long run this is for the girls. After all, there’s no parent better than a well rested and relaxed parent (who really enjoyed his or her week away with the other parent. *ehem*) Perhaps after our first cruise I’ll be ready to bring the little girls along, knowing what to expect besides the glorious anticipation of doing absolutely nothing (or everything, it’s a cruise vacation!)