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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Thursday Thirteen

John has been away on business again this week. This time it will be 5 days in total. As much as I love him, this list is dedicated to him being away.

Thirteen things that I enjoy about John being away:

1. We eat earlier. Usually John gets home from work around 6:30 and so by the time we all sit down and eat, and then clean up, it's close to 7:30 by the time we're done. Eating earlier somehow makes it feel like we have so much more time in the evenings.

2. We eat simpler meals. Since I'm a stay-at-home mom I feel that it's my job to have a big, cooked meal on the table for supper when John gets home from a long day at work. (call me old-fashioned.) When John's away, we enjoy much simpler meals ... and sometimes order in.

3. I seem to get more scrapping done as I'm not too worried about letting other things slide.

4. I don't have to keep telling someone to roll over all night because their snoring is keeping me awake.

5. I don't make the bed.

6. My bathroom stays clean.

7. I don't wake up cold because I have no covers.

8. I have a couple of boys who automatically step into John's shoes and try and take care of me, and their brothers. It's so cool to see them do it automatically.

9. There's one less person to trip over in the morning.

10. We actually save money on groceries. Now, I have three teenagers in the house so they still eat us out of house and home, but since I make much simpler meals we save money ... and I don't have to keep running to the grocery store.

11. The house is so much quieter! Yes, it's true ... even with the boys around. There's no big screen TV blarring up from the basement, there are no cupboard doors slamming shut (because somehow he doesn't know how to close them quietly.)

12. There's no one for Matt to argue with about taking the garbage out, and so he just does it without complaint.

13. There's one more computer to use so there's less fighting over who's turn it is on the computer.

With all that said, we are always happy to have him come home.


  1. it's always good to have a break, even if you like what you're taking a break from. :)

  2. Anonymous10:19 AM

    Wow..seems like u're having quite a nice time with the boys..I'm sure u'll be more recharged & refreshed when ur husband is back..

  3. I hear ya about the bathroom one!

    Happy TT :)

  4. It's nice to have some quality time with the kids to yourself.
    Happy Valentine Day!

  5. Sometimes it's nice to have hubby away. Just for a little while. And it's also nice when he returns.

  6. As one who is away from home too frequently for more than a night, being on the road is lonely.

  7. We all need a little break!

  8. I too enjoyed when Bruce was out of town for work. The house stayed cleaner and I didn't have to cook at all and my schedule was more flexible.

    Enjoyed your list!

    Happy TT

  9. Anonymous10:52 AM

    No matter how much we love them, sometimes it's nice to take a break. If only he didn't do it on Valentine's.

  10. The house is so much quieter!

    This reminds me of a story from when I was about 11. The girl who lived next door was over at my house one day after school; we were talking quietly in the living room and my mom was cooking supper in the kitchen. Everything was calm. Then - my dad walked in the door. As my friend told her mother later, "As soon as Evelyn's father came in, the whole house went into an uproar!" Whenever my dad was around, everyone knew it. John seems to have the same effect on your household. :-)

  11. My hubby's business travel has increased this year, so I can identify with just about all of these.

  12. Anonymous5:48 PM

    Seems like you're having fun1

  13. That is too funny. I can totally relate to so many of those!!

  14. Anonymous12:09 AM

    Nice lil gratitude TT. :-)
    Happy TT!
    I'm up with TT#26- A Lil Too Straight?

  15. We do love them, but everyone needs a break. I am sure the all the boys LOVE it when Mom is away also.

  16. I do things more simply, too, when Rick is away on business.

    Now that everyone is growing up, though, I notice that others in the home take up the slack very well when I am ill or too tired, so life seems more relaxed in general.

  17. Anonymous8:38 AM

    Did I not comment on this already? Because it made me smile when I read it the first time. :)

    It's great that you have such strong family bonds, Barbara. You are an all-round amazing woman, and I an in awe of how you stay on top of it all.


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