Initially the plan was for his mom to come and spend some glorious time with the boys. I would pick Kathy up her up at the airport on Monday and hide her at my house and then we'd be sitting in the driveway when Hank and Marissa came out of the house. Kathy would watch the boys and I'd drive them to the airport. BUT then the most awful news came that Hank's dad, Andrew, would need to have heart surgery and so Kathy would need to be with her husband. That meant that the boys would need to stay here...how to make this happen and still keep the surprise.
Saturday, which was Sweetest Day here in Ohio, Robert and I went over the M2T2's home. I hadn't seen the boys for 2 weeks and decided to exclaim over them and tell them how much I missed them. I then acted like a thought had just struck me and I said, "Hey Marissa! What if I take the boys Monday night so you can have an evening and a night and the next morning on your own. You could come get Henry in time for preschool?" She agreed. Then I said, "I mean all 3 of them...would you trust me with Simon, too?" Her response again was yes..that if it had been just Henry as an infant she might have seconds thoughts but after 3 she was open to a peaceful start to her birthday.
Hank played his part as well, taking her aside and asking if she was sure about this. She was. So the plans developed...they would come Monday night for dinner and I'd make striped delight for dessert. Marissa always asks for that for her birthday but this year she wanted carrot cake but didn't want to miss striped delight. So the plan was set. I would make Monday dinner and Hank would make the birthday dinner and I'd bring carrot cake and pull aparts to their house on Tuesday. All played out without a hitch.
The boys settled in comfortably here. Slept well. Throughout the day and a half that the boys were here, we texted pictures back and forth. Marissa was awakened early and Hank told her to get up, get dressed and where they were going. Marissa said she thought he was kidding. They hurried to get to their plane and almost missed it because Hank had to find a certain hat. But I don't think it was the sorting hot. But they made it, all excited, and Marissa texted us that she was here:
And it was as magical for her as any trip to Hogwarts could be. ... .despite the Muggles and lines and....apparently the train ride included dementors flying by them!
The cake finished, cooled and the frosting was ready. Both boys this time were happy to come complete the project.
I loved the time with them but I also know again just how old I am, Robert and I. And we give so much credit to grandparents who take over the role of parents when their own kids don't/can't/won't. I only had this treat for 1-1/2 days. Some people have it every day of their old lives. They should truly be honored.
For us, we just want to say thanks to M2T2s for trusting us with the surprise and the boys. Now we head to Florida to have 11 wonderful days with Jordan/Hillary/family. It's great to be retired!