Wednesday, July 16, 2008

A Baby, Jewelry Box, and some Legos

"When are we leaving?"

"We aren't going anywhere today. We spent the day at the pool and now I have dinner to make." I explained to my daughter.

"Nooooooo. When are we leaving to drive YOU to YOUR mommy vacation?"

"Tomorrow. Tomorrow I leave." I explained.

My children have never been away from me, for longer then a couple of hours.

So when Lola asked me today if it was time for me to leave, I was a little shocked. I was expecting DRAMA and TEARS and HUGS and TANTRUMS as I walked through the security gate at the airport. This is what I envisioned our good-byes to be.

"When is it tomorrow? How many MINUTES? I want my toys!!!"

"I want MY TOYS too, sweet Mama."
Jay chimed in. "When are you leaving?"

Over the weekend, when I explained to them I was leaving, I took them to Target and promised to buy them each a "medium expensive" toy. My children never get toys outside of their birthdays and Christmas. Sometimes they earn money for their own Legos, that happens once every full moon. But very rarely if never, do I just buy them a toy. Heck, the last time Fifi got a toy was on trash day in our neighborhood. I don't want them to be consumed by material items.

I won't allow the kiddos to open their toys until I leave.

I figured that they would be excited with a new toy and not focus so much on my departure.

I figured right.

See how easy it is to replace a loving mother?

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"How many more minutes until you leave, MAMA?!?"

"Tomorrow."

"Is it tomorrow yet?" Jay asked.

"Is it? Is it tomorrow yet?" Lola mimicked.

62classy comments:

Blessings From Above said...

So much for their conspiracy to keep you home!

Well, I will miss you. Can't wait to hear all about your vacation with adults. Ughhh, I'm a little jealous! ;)

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Who knew we were worth so little?

Miss said...

LMAO. That is just classic!!

Nap Warden said...

What a clever idea...Mom's worth in toys!
Have a great trip...and tell me everything I miss!

lattemommy said...

I'm sorry to be laughing, but OH. MY. GOD. I am laughing! They'll miss you. Really, they will. Maybe. ;)

Have soooooo much fun! I'm totally jealous.

Immoral Matriarch said...

LMAO!!
Mine have been between tears and rushing. This will be the longest ever away from them. I demand you distract me with drinks and stiletto lessons. LOL

Kj said...

Have fun on your trip!

Weather in SFO looks like its going to be fine. 70 degree F., Winds 17mph

zoeyjane said...

I'm going to miss you too, so um. Can I please have a toy?

krissy said...

If you buy me a toy....I won't throw a tantrum because you are leaving and I am going to be here cleaning my house like I do every.single.day!

My b'day is next Tues....so I guess I should technically get 2 toys!!!!

Have fun....we'll miss you too!

Shamelessly Sassy said...

Will be missing you. Just have a drink for me. or if you don't drink, just eat some grapes, you know?

A Whole Lot of Nothing said...

Will you take me to Target and get me a 'medium-priced' toy?

If not, I'm crying when you leave.

Kash said...

HA, hysterical! Did fifi also pick out her toy?

Buttermouth said...

Have fun OHmommy...you deserve it!

Lacey said...

Kids are so funny!

LaskiGal said...

OH, "sweet Mama"--toys can't replace you. They are just trying to make leaving a little easier for you :)

Amy said...

We've gone from stay, stay, stay to get the heck out! OhMommy you are brilliant, it's easy to see where they get it from!

Stephanie said...

Oh that is great! Cant wait to hear all about trip..I hope you have a wonderful time!!

Mr Lady said...

I just want one of them to say, 'When are you going to take Auntie Mr Lady some underwear?'

LceeL said...

I can just hear the mental process going on ....

Let's see. On the one hand, MOMMY is LEAVING!! On the other hand, I got a NEW TOY. New Toy, Mommy leaving -- toy, mommy, toy, mommy. Mommy will be back! I'm good.

Flea said...

You are SO LOVED! That's funny stuff. :)

DysFUNctional Mom said...

But they will miss you, really they will. lol

Cecily R said...

There's a fine line between missing mom and wanting a toy.

Have so much fun at BlogHer. You of all people deserve it.

Kelley said...

When I used to go to conferences I would bring back toys with me. I would scrimp and save while there so I would have enough money to go mad in the toy shop.

And I would get home and they were fine. I missed them and fretted for them and turns out most of the time they thought I was in the shower.

Meh.

Smootches babe. Travel safe

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

Good planning by you!

Hope your trip is safe and fun!

mommynotes said...

Mommy vacations are nice. I had one just for the day so for you to get one for the weekend is sweet! Toys were a great idea to distract them. Enjoy!
mwshores@bellsouth.net

Ellyn said...

That is too funny. Enjoy your mommy vacation.

Jessica said...

safe travels.

Robyn said...

Does Jay REALLY say "sweet Mama?" Bear used to call me "Dear Mommy" (no idea where he got that from), but now I'm just "the Mommy"!

Have a safe and wonderful trip!

Wendi said...

Hilarious!
And to think just a few days ago they were plotting how they would steal or tear up your plane ticket.
How things have changed.
I will have to remember the "toy" idea.
Of course they will want me to go away more often.
Have a great time at BlogHer!
You deserve it.

Smart A$$ Mom said...

Good for them and good for you. I crave those alone trips like people crave chocolate. I need at least one a year-sometimes Mr.T isn't even invited.

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OHMOMMY; HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU.

Marmarbug said...

Smart idea! It worked. But I know it is hard to hear that the toy is more exciting thant you leaving!!!
Have a WONDERFUL trip!

Shannon said...

I'm sure they will be fine, especially with their new toys!! Have a GREAT time :-)

Kathryn said...

Now THAT sounds more like my boys. ;)

mamatulip said...

Does he really call you sweet mama?

So sweet.

Stephanie said...

How funny! I should have thought of this! We're getting ready to go in for an induction tonight so I need to go to the store and get the kiddos a new toy. that's an excellent idea!

Susan said...

Before your plane even lands those toys will be getting old and they will be crying for Mommy. Or, they will be thinking about they can get out of you on your next trip.
Have fun!

renatamic said...

the games should keep them occupied for about 1/2 hour...then the tears will start. hope you have a great time in san fran!! btw - Sto Lat!

Allison Says said...

Aw! It's good that you found a way to distract them from the sadness of you leaving. I'm sure they'll get upset once they open their toys and wear them out.

Have a great trip!!

Don Mills Diva said...

It's amazing how cheaply you can buy a toddlers' love eh?

See you TOMORROW!

Ali said...

hahah. my kids are easily bought too!
:)

can't wait to see you!

Dziadek said...

Happy Birthday- STO lat dla Ciebie.
Ile to masz juz Latek???

kittyconcerto.com said...

What a bribe will do. I can't wait for you to go on your mommy vacation and tell us all about it!

Christy said...

I am soooo going to use that one next time we leave for vacation! Thanks :)

Stephanie said...

That's pretty amusing...they want the toys :) It looks like your plan worked as far as getting them focused on something other than your departure. Just maybe not in the way thought.

Robin said...

Well at least it took a "medium" priced toy to replace you. Imagine how you would feel if you could be replaced with a Dollar Store toy.

The Diva's Thoughts said...

Is that all it takes!?? Wow! I have a few people I need to spread the word too. lol

Good job! I love this.

Melissa said...

Whoops, I think that idea backfired a little, huh?

Have a great trip!

Helen E.M. Wright said...

Remember you're not leaving your children behind you're going away so that you can miss them!!!

Enjoy your trip!!!

girlymom said...

Have a wonderful time, can't wait to hear all about it and very jealous that you are going! :)

Tena said...

Smart thinking on your part about the toys, they sure did change their tune since sharing that video! LOL! Have a safe trip to out to Ca!

Choosing Happiness said...

That is really funny! Amazing what a toy will do!

Victoria said...

My kids are easily bought too. They'll miss you. Eventually.

Or not.

LOL!

Lisa said...

I love it!!! Thanks for letting us all in on the secret....we can now all "escape"!

Have the most wonderful time while you're away. You surely deserve it!

Rhea said...

ROFL That's an interesting tactic, I admit. I bring my kids presents home when I return from a trip...but not before I leave. lol

CC said...

figures.

Have a great trip! I was in the Bay Area 2 weeks ago.

Beth said...

I'm constantly asked the time - all the time, it drives me insane. Hope BlogHer is treating you well~

John Deere Mom said...

I think that is an awesome idea and plan to steal it (not your toys, just the idea) if I ever leave my kids for longer than a work day. Thank you and have fun!!

Rach (Mommy Learns to Blog) said...

I bet they were as nuts to see you get back home as you were to see them! How did OHDaddy do on his own with all 3???

Tiaras & Tantrums said...

lucky you - my kids FREAK OUT if I even try to go get my nails done!!!!!!!

Maureen said...

Oh, you're smarrrrrt...

SF said...

Wow, I thought I was one of the few moms who only bought gifts for their kids only on Christmas and their birthdays.

They also had a privileged life when they were your babies' ages. People would often be surprised when I would tell them about our gift policy.

I will qualify that to say I would often be ashamed of myself come Christmas Day. They would get so many toys they would get tired of opening them!

They're 16 now, and very unspoiled considering the life they've lived.

You'll be glad you stuck to that rule when they're teens!!

 

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