In the past few months, there's been less and less time during the week to see my kids. Baby moby goes to bed between 5:30pm and 6pm each night, so most nights he's hit the sack by the time I get home. Usually, I can see big girl, but the past few weeks even she's been avoiding naps which means she's exhausted before I get home.
Even though I get sad when I don't see them, days like today make up for the lost time. I left work early, stopped by my local comic book store, picked up dinner, and met the wife and kids at home around the same time. During the few hours I got to spend with them, I watched little guy laugh up a storm as Meghan hopped up and down in front of him. Little girl ran back and forth in the living room, talked to me about her day, and read some books with us. All of this was mixed around both kids eating a TON of food for dinner.
I understand that there are times when I don't get home from work soon enough to see the little ones, but days like today put a wide smile on my face. It definitely helps that my wife is an excellent mother and talks about dadda when I'm not home in time. On a side note, when Meghan was on the way to drop off the kids at daycare yesterday, baby moby was saying "dadda dadda dadda." Apparently, little girl's response was, "Marshall said 'da da da.' No Marsh, say 'ma ma ma.' Do it Marsh. Do it, do it, do it."
It's these moments that I get to share with my wife, even when I'm not there, which makes me feel like I am there. It's not easy being away from the kiddos, but taking advantage of every other second is what I try to do.