Mike and I are planning an overnight get away. We haven’t been anywhere without children, in over a year. I know this because being at the hospital when I delivered Raynes was the last time we were without kids. Trying to leave town is almost a joke with the amount of coordination it takes. Truly, it’s insane. The planning, packing, list making, emailing, driving, pre-meal shopping, confirming, booking, and organizing. One sound machine goes here, the stuffed animal with the floppy ears there.  Throw yourself a sick child, 12 month shots (2 pediatrician trips in two hours), part time job, misc. meetings and you’ve got yourself a grand ol’ week.
We are farming out the children to three different places, the animals to various locations.
Here is an example– the email I sent to our family that is helping out.

Dear Family,
Being the Type A that I am, thought I would send a note reminding everyone of their “assigned Robinson child” for tomorrow.


Will pick up the girls from car pick up tomorrow at 2:50 pm. I have emailed their teachers (and copied you) letting them know. I will leave my  car decal in my mailbox for you to grab on your way to school. Please give it to Kenley when you are done to put in her bag, and return to me. She is my little Type A child (no clue where she gets that from!). Britton has swim practice from 3:15-4:30. She will have her swim bag with her.  You can drop them both off at Meme/Deborah’s house by 5:00. Their address is 2525 Apple Court

Sara Britton

Britton is spending tomorrow night with you. I will bring her bag to your house today. Please pick her up tomorrow afternoon from Meme’s house. On Saturday, you can drop her off at my house any time after 10:00 am. Mary will be there from 10 on. Because I know you will ask, Tucker is being boarded in Eastgate for the weekend.

Meme {and a little bit of Deborah too- he he}

Janet will bring Kenley to your house tomorrow afternoon between 4:30 and 5:00. I will pack some food for her, so you don’t have to worry about what to make her. Sara Britton will be picking up Britton from your house Friday afternoon- she is spending the night with SB. I will bring Poochie by tomorrow between 12 and 1:00 on our way out of town. Will be sure to send her special bag o’ food.


Raynes will be at my house with Mary tomorrow starting at 1:00. I told Mary that you would probably pick him up by 4:00, but there is no rush. I will have his red LL Bean packed, and in the hallway. He left his snuggie bunny at your house last week, so it should still be in his crib. And yes, I will email you his “schedule” if you still need it. Will also pack some food for him, since you are just getting back into town. He goes to bed at 6:45 so you get the easy kid this go round. On Saturday, please pick up Kenley from Meme’s on your way to my house. You can drop off both Raynes and Kenley at 10:00, which is when Mary will arrive. She does have a house key if you are running late.

Phone numbers/ Gate Code:

 Janet: 473-0215
Sara Britton: 588-2802
Meme: 868-3007
Deborah: 580-2032
Mom: 898-0202
Dr. Koeppel: 877-3256
Gate Code: 3259778

You have to stop and think, “is it all worth it?”

And the answer is, yes.
Hell, yes.

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