Facing A Ridiculous Fear.

....but more about the fear in a minute.

So no Menu Plan for me this week, it is just the kids and I, and that is so boring!

 Since it is just the 3 of us, I decided I wanted to start off our 2 weeks with something fun.  So after nap time we were off to the Air and Space Museum (Udvar-Hazy Center).  The kids love watching the airplanes leaving and landing at IAD, and I love that it is so close to home, and not a trip into the city. 

It was so nice out, and the views of the late afternoon sun going into the mountains were so great.

In the observation tower looking out at the airport for planes.
A look at Dulles International
A look out to the east. Tyson's is off in the distance, and my 4 year old thought I was crazy when I said that there is where Daddy works!
Lilly looking for our car. Ha!
Standing next to a very large fighter jet.

Matthew's favorite part, the Space Shuttle.

It really is such a great museum, so much for the kids to look at, and lots of room to roam around, I can't ever imagine feeling crowded there.

You would this that the ridiculous fear would be going up into the observation tower, or taking 2 kids to a museum by myself....but no, my fear is so much crazier than that!

It is silly really, but I have always gotten really nervous thinking about taking both kids to Mass by myself.  So....I have never done it.  My husband travels a lot for his job, so there have been many opportunities for the kids and I to go to church when he is unavailable to go with us, and we have NEVER done it.  I hang my head, because as I type this I know how ridiculous it sounds.  I mean they are 4 and 2.  It shouldn't be that difficult.  We go places by ourselves literally everyday.  So yesterday....

We. Did. It.!

....and it wasn't that bad.

I may have forgotten to wipe my son's mouth after breakfast.

I may have forgotten the offering envelope.

I may have forgotten their blankeys, which are a necessity at church every week.

And I may have actually left like 8 minutes early (not realizing it until we were in the church parking lot), giving me plenty of time to remember those things.

But we did it, and I am planning on attempt #2 next week.  Maybe I should be like a new mom and pack the bag the night before!


  1. Cheers to facing your fears!

  2. Well done. I also have anxiety about taking my daughter places, I can never predict if she will behave or not. It the stares when she does misbehave that I hate. Well done for conquering your fear. I'm glad it wasn't too bad.

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  4. I remember the first time I took 6 kids by myself to mass..I told my 3 yr old he could bring a small toy to keep him busy...and I never checked to see what he brought..turns out the whole church heard the metal toy handcuffs banging on the pew! ahh..we survived..
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  5. woo hoo! you did it! since my honey is a worship leader, he has only gone to church with us once in the three years since we've had children. i mean, he's there of course, but has to leave at least five hours earlier than we do. so, i'm a single mom on sunday mornings. when my girl was 6 weeks old and my boy was 16 months, i was scared out of my mind to go alone with two for the first time. BUT, we survived, just like you! : ) you'll get used to it!

    1. oh that would be even worse I think, them knowing he was there but not being able to be with him. I am hoping to just not forget anything next week, like I said it felt like my new mom days again!

  6. It is tough the first few times you do anything solo. But, it gets easier. Ya know what, I don't like the fact that it gets easier to do things without my husband, or that he "throws things off" when he is able to join us. It's hard being a married-single-mom. But, I know that I am very fortunate that my husband is able to support our family so that I can be at home. I think you've inspired me to write about this! Thanks!

    1. I know what you mean about it being easier to do things without him. My kids cannot control themselves in a store or mall if it is the 4 of us, but when it is just me and the kids they behave so much better! I feel the same way about the long hours and trips. I am just so lucky to be home with them :)

  7. That looks like a gorgeous day out! And I love that you had the courage to face your fears, here is to a fortnight of making memories!

    :) Hazel