As regular readers will know, my husband was away on business last week, I was flying solo!
The boys were desperate for daddy to get home (as was I), so Saturday became all about distraction. Thankfully they had swimming to keep them occupied in the morning, but I wasn’t sure what time my husband would actually get back in the afternoon (possible flight delays, potential queues at immigration…!). So, I needed another distraction from the ‘when will daddy be back?’ mantra…
Kanchan, who blogs at The Intrepid Misadventurer (a beautiful blog, you must check it out if you haven’t already) had mentioned to me that she and her kids had made a Welcome Home Daddy banner in anticipation of the return of her husband from his last trip away. I thought this was a wonderful idea.
What a lovely way to keep two very impatient boys happy, and what a lovely surprise for a daddy who had been missing his family.
So, once the wee girl was down for her nap, they got started.
I love to see my boys doing an activity together. I wrote last week about the joy of watching my children look out for each other and work together; and this was another example. [And, yes, daddy is saying ‘roar’ (long story!) and wearing a t-shirt that says ‘hibs rule!’]
After what had turned out to be a fairly tiring and trying week on my own, watching them put so much effort into this project left me feeling proud and positive. It would have been very easy for my overriding memories of the past week to have been ones of irritation and stress. For my first reaction to the inevitable ‘how did it go?’ to have been a grimace.
Instead, when my husband returned to find two very excited boys sitting on the porch looking out for him, I was smiling.