As strange as it may sound....I am grateful for those weekends I have away from my kiddos...not because they are so difficult or trying, although they at times they can be...but because it adjusts my perspective when I do have time with them. This weekend we had a nice little break (guess no one wanted a Halloween wedding) and I spent it doing stuff at home and playing with the kids. Sure there were time outs and discussions and bedtime re-do's...but it was great, I knew in the back of my mind that next Saturday I won't be able to put them to bed and argue about last snacks and cups of juice, or here Nora giggle when I read the Lamb book!