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Preparing Mr.Mom…

This week is all about preparing to leave—we’ve packed donation bins…we’ve got the hair butter and special shampoo for Mr.Isaac’s sweet and perfect curls…and now it’s time to prepare Mr.Mom for 7 days with the kids. As most of you know, Rico Suave (aka: Rich, Richard, the hubby) is staying back with the kids while my mom and sister go with me. I am going to miss sharing this with Richard–but this is just one moment of many—and truthfully, it’s makes this entire week easier for me as our children just keep right on the same beat and have special time with daddy. Parker’s about to lose his FIRST tooth…I have a feeling I’ll miss it. BUT daddy won’t! And I’m just so thankful that Richard is willing to stay back with the kids…and do some special bonding which will help me and Isaac when we get back too!

Now, I can’t leave daddy high and dry;). And that is where Mama Judy comes to the rescue! Mama Judy is my precious kindred spirit friend—old enough to be my momma but seriously one of my dearest friends. She treats me like one of her own…and while I was focusing on packing…she was up to what she does best—doting on my children and helping make life a little more fun! Momma Judy put together an “activity” for Rich to do EACH DAY I am gone…we labled the bags for EACH day—and they are all stashed in Isaac’s crib! When the presents are all opened and the crib is empty—then there is room for Isaac and it’s TIME TO GO TO THE AIRPORT to meet him!

I thought this would be fun to remember…so this is definitely one thing I have to add to my blog which will go into our “blog to book” so we can remember what was going on here while we were away! We depart on Friday…so when the kids wake up on Saturday—Daddy duty is in full force!

Here is a little of the fun that will start each of their days while momma is in Africa…


This is like the most genious way to do bubbles…stash this in your garage with MEGA mix (Mama Judy included ALL the ingredients) and pull it out when you want to play! No worries about baby spilling tiny containers! And the recipe is right there on the side when this batch is gone!

And the rest fit in gift bags…all taped up so there’s NO PEEKING!

How much fun is this…




Thursday… (this will be fun as I know they won’t be able to sleep the NIGHT BEFORE WE GET HOME! SO….here’s a lightshow to entertain them;) Way cooler than counting sheep;)

FRIDAY!!! We fly home!!! But…we get in late…so how about some fun freesbie in the backyard while you wait for afternoon traffic to die down before coming to the airport!

THANK YOU MAMA JUDY for ALL this FUN! How fun is this stash in the crib…and can’t WAIT for it to be empty and Isaac to be HOME!

So…we’ve got the older kids in VBS next week…which leaves SERIOUS bonding time between Rich and Frank (our prayer!!!!)…and then these bags of fun each day! Don’t make fun…but I’ve got outfits going in freezer ziplock bags for each child for each day so it’s easy-peasy getting them ready each day for daddy:). I am going to MISS them to pieces…and if Parker loses that first tooth–I’ll be bummed…but I’ll smile knowing that daddy was there for every moment and it will be ONE SWEET airport homecoming…where we a family is brought together FOREVER!


Amy Nabors - June 21, 2010 - 11:24 pm

Does Rich have a camera ready for that first lost tooth? Praying for you to have a safe and wonderful trip.

Elle J - June 22, 2010 - 12:07 am

Your outfits in bags reminds me of the time I ribbon tied my toddler girl’s hangers of outfits together and labeled for the time she spent with my parents while I was in the hospital giving birth (planned csection) to baby brother. I so relate! =) What a fun week of preparing.

Jennifer - June 22, 2010 - 12:43 am

What a GREAT idea! Love how it is in the crib for the count down! I will be praying for you/Isaac and Daddy/Frank bonding. The Lord will be so faithful to do more than you can even ask or imagine!!!!!

Jenn - June 22, 2010 - 1:33 am

You are SO CLOSE! We just got back from vacation and I have been back reading…I have CHILLS thinking about you leaving in just a couple of days! I’m thrilled for you! (And really hoping you might get to hold our little one???)

Can’t wait to hear all about your trip! Praying hard for you from here!


Kim - June 22, 2010 - 5:19 am

Okay … I just LOVE Mama Judy’s idea. I hope I can pay it forward and play Mama Judy someday and steal this idea!
Counting down the days with you!
Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,