This guy went on a business trip this week, and I think those bed-jumping pictures sum up how we all feel to have him home! Whew, ladies who routinely hold down the fort with little ones while your husband is away, mad props to you. We did a good job keeping busy and were surrounded by so many people we love, but there is nothing like Ben's presence to keep us all happy and grounded. Seriously, he is so central to this family, and we are all quite content to have him here with us.
One saving grace was having some company for dinner each night (my parents one, and some friends the next) to keep us distracted and happy. Ben sent us little pictures of his trip throughout the day, and we chatted with him and sent him messages, too. A friend whose husband travels a good bit shared that when he is away, she records a special goodnight message from their 2 year old daughter during bath time. I thought that was the sweetest thing: it's so special to stay connected, even when apart.
But what can I say, I like to have my people close at hand. What tricks do you have to stay connected with loved ones who are far away?