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We are two working mothers — Lauren Rose, the director of business development for Name Bubbles, and Betsy DeMars, the assistant managing editor at The Saratogian. Try as we may to be really good at both, balancing motherhood and career can get pretty messy. As professionals, work schedules and mommy schedules often collide. So, we plow through, hoping at the end of the day, our kids — Lauren's 5-year-old son and Betsy's 11-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter — know how much we love them.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The longest two weeks EVER

At first, I embraced my husband's absence at home. I could watch whatever I wanted on TV after the kids went to bed. I could sleep smack in the middle of the bed (or pile up a bunch of stuff on his side and simply leave it there overnight for lack of ambition to put it away). There's been no argument over the thermostat.(I discovered life above the 60-degree mark is oh-so comfortable!)

Yes, I enjoyed a little time to myself. But, then I moved into the annoyed phase — especially since our children have moved into a phase of their own, one in which they are constantly trying to kill each other. I was in need of some refereeing assistance.

My sweet hubby embarked on a two-week hunting trip and family visit to Kansas on Nov. 5 and returned Nov. 21. Let me just say, it was a loooooong couple of weeks.

A few days before his scheduled departure from Kansas, we had this odd conversation about his homecoming.
Me: "So when are you leaving?"
Him: "Saturday morning."
Me: "Oh, do you think you could leave Friday, instead?"
Him: "Yeah, Saturday."
Me: "Hmm, OK, I was asking if you could leave any earlier than that, like maybe Friday."
Him: "Yep, first thing Saturday morning."
Me: "OK then."


We were overjoyed to discover he had arrived home while we were at church Sunday morning having driven practically straight through the 1,600-mile stretch. We kissed hello and talked a bit before retreating to our respective to-do lists for the day. Guess things are back to normal.


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