As my family can attest to, I am a freak about time change. And it’s one of those things, where I know I am being neurotic, and I can’t even stop. Whenever I travel, I am always assuming that my children and I are still on our old time.
For example, it can be 10:30am at my mom’s house, and I will be just convinced that we have to eat, because it feels like 11:30 to our bodies. Or I put the kids to bed super early, because surely they are tired since their bodies are telling them it’s 7:30 their time. Then, as is to be expected, they wake up at the crackety crack, dawn of time. This does not result in enjoyable moods, for anyone, mainly me.
But recently I read something about how to deal with jet lag, and I applied it to our travel situation (laughable, I know!). It said, essentially, that your circadian clock will sync with your “food clock.” So this trip, I gave it a try and decided to have the kids eat their meals according to the time zone we were actually in! (Rob is laughing right now reading this, I’m sure.)
It really changed the travel experience. They slept until their normal times, and everyone had a fighting chance to be the best forms of themselves.
Can you believe all that was to preface that we just took a little trip to see family, and it was the best long weekend ever! I mean, the best. The flights, with Rob with us, were seamless, and the days spent with grandparents were bliss.
As Ev gets older, I can see the way she treasures her relationships with them. She and Brother both were completely comfortable and thrilled to be with all of them, and Ev said several times that she did not want to leave! Talk about pulling at your heartstrings.
We were able to see both sets of grandparents as we hopped from one interview for a hospitalist position over to Rob’s ten year high school reunion. In between all of that we were able to squeeze in a visit to a pumpkin patch, the children’s museum, time at the park, and lots of great food. This last picture is a little exhibit at the museum where you compete to be more relaxed than your opponent. I would certainly lose. To anyone. But I do feel that this trip was the most relaxed I have ever been while away from our nest. We had a really great time and miss our families already!! There’s no place like home.