All the frequent trips before were easier to manage as I either had only 1 kid or already had a maid by the time I have Nicholas. This coming long trip will be the first time I will have to handle the household and both kids all on my own. I can't even count on mum this time since she has her hands tied looking after my niece. A day or two, without any support or relief of any form is manageable. But this long duration will be really tiring. Already I can think of the pockets of time in some days of the week when there will be added stress and some challenges.
I definitely need to do some massive shopping and cooking to stock up the freezer of the goodies which I can easily defrost. Meals is an area which I would hate to compromise. After a hard day, nothing calms and cheers me up more than a good dinner. Serving up nutritious and delicious meals for the kids make me feel good about my work too, so no compromise on quality there.
I don't intend to use TV as a substitute nanny either unless I really have no other choices, so I must find some ways to entertain the kids while I cook and do the necessary chores. Neither do I want to cut back on the kids' outings to do fun things. Oh well, it will be harder but definitely manageable, as long as I find ways to improve the routines further and in the process make my days less tiring.