The girls are heading home soon, and I can't wait to see them.
It was really great to have this week by myself. I got some real quality time alone. I accomplished stuff around the house that seem almost impossible to do when the girls are here, I went out a couple of times and had a blast, and I communicated with the girls via text and phone calls multiple times every day. It was a very productive week.
I think my parents are exhausted, though. 7 days is an awfully long time, and I don't think they'll volunteer to take them on vacation for this long again. Still, I think soon enough, they will all look back and focus their memories on the good times.
I have more energy than I have in a long time. The day to day struggles of waking kids up, arguing over the little things, sibling rivalry, emotional outbursts just weren't there to exhaust me.
I think knowing there was end to it helped me enjoy it. If I were reaching empty nester status, I probably would've felt lost.
And now, I admit, I'm ready to get back to the mayhem and chaos and snuggles and laughter.