vacation without the kids...?

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Registered: 03-30-1999
vacation without the kids...?
Sat, 08-11-2012 - 9:15pm

My husband and I have been married for 6 years this coming weekend. We never got to take a honeymoon and rarely even take a date night. Fast forward to this coming Friday..... we live in MA and have a wedding to attend in CA the following weekend. We have decided to take a 9 day trip across country and will visit family in AZ and then drive to CA for the wedding.  this will be pretty much like the honeymoon we never had.

The catch...? We can't afford to take our kids. So we will be leaving our 9 yr old w/my sister and our 5 yr old with a family friend. (They would be too much to handle together so we have to split them up.) We haven't told the boys yet as we have needed to finalize everything before we let them know. Also, we didn't want to get them anxious for too long before the trip. So we've decided to wait until several days before we go.

I was thinking of either tomorrow night or Monday night telling them. Has anyone ever taken a trip without kids before? How do you tell the kids? Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for preparation? I am an absolute nervous wreck .... I have never been away from my boys for this long.

Thanks for your help.