Thursday, June 28, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
- Walla Walla, Washington
Yes, those are all real words. Maybe this will explain why I have started doing crossword puzzles and Scrabble. I have to find SOME use for these obscure words that are taking up valuable brain cells (which could be used to store more relevant information, like, where my keys are when my arms are full of baby, diaper bag, purse, and multiple sippy cups. When that happens I am much more likely to feel morose than to frolic.)
Let the record show that besides "sphincter," Justin's contributions were "orifice" and "gluteus maximus." If you are more mature than he is (or even if you're not) think about it and let me know if you have any to add!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Um, thanks, because I was really trying to lose. (I won. Good to know I didn't let her down.)
It was sweet, really. But I'm glad it's over now. Makes me think about how I will encourage my kids during their sports and activities.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
During the week, Justin attended the conference and I slept late, read, wrote, watched movies, shopped, showered AND styled my hair without being interrupted…you get the idea.
The two of us had so much fun being together. We were so relaxed. We got to be a couple again. We ate together without hurrying through a meal; watched Blades of Glory when we darn well wanted to instead of waiting until the kids were asleep and we were exhausted; talked about our relationship after ten years (guess whose idea that was—but he didn’t seem to mind); drove around, checked out the local tourist attractions, and…none of your business. Anyway (clearing throat), it was wonderful to reconnect without interruption. At one point I said in a conversational tone, “You know, I’m enjoying being alone so much that I’m thinking about finding a military academy for the kids. I mean, there's got to be one that'll take a four-year-old and a sixteen-month-old.”
We went to San Francisco on Sunday. We started by driving across the Golden Gate Bridge, which I had never visited (Justin had never been to S.F. at all, and kept saying he’d had no idea it was such a major city). The weather was so amazing: a little windy off the bay, but in the low 70s in the daytime and down into the high 50s at night; however, it only got chilly after sunset. We checked out Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 and the trolley cars (but decided not to spend $22 to ride one). I got to shop at H&M, the famous discount department store that does not exist in the South, and I was happy despite the crowd because I got some good deals. I had a sandwich on sourdough bread for lunch (a priority for me, since I love me some sourdough bread). By late afternoon, though, we were ready to rest. We said goodbye to the city by the bay and headed back to our hotel.
Monday, June 18, 2007
But this story couldn't wait. Before we got home, my mom was hurrying around packing the kids' things. She said she knew her body language was talking when Miss Pink asked her, "Mawmaw, is it hard taking care of little kids?"
Mom said yes, sometimes, but Mawmaw loves them anyway. Satisfied, Miss Pink went off to play.
A moment later, Mom heard a little voice singing:
It's hard taking care of little chil-dren
It's hard taking care of little kids...
Especially when you're old!
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Baggage delivered (thank God!) at 2:00 pm today. Hugged kids 1,000,000 times. Can't talk in complete sentences but will update ASAP.
Sunday, June 3, 2007
When my husband mentioned the possibility of me accompanying him to a business conference, he said, "Now, I'll be in meetings all day and you'll be by yourself until I can get away. Is that going to be okay?"
"Hmmm, let me see," I said. "I'll be in a lovely hotel, where I can sleep late, take a shower with no one crying, watch TV, read a lot, write for longer than five minutes, order room service, swim, and possibly even shop? Yeah, I think I can handle it."
Reasons I'm excited about this vacation:
- After 10 years of hard work, we deserve to get more "alone time" than a (very occasional) overnight. I'm looking forward to feeling like a couple again. Yes, I know we'll miss the kiddos, but they'll be fine being spoiled by my parents.
- We don't have to drive. I know airports are a pain, yadda yadda yadda, but I like to fly because you get there quicker.
- We're going to Santa Clara, near San Francisco, and I haven't been there for closer to 20 years. This ought to be fun. I'll report back. Also, nice weather--gotta love it.
- Perhaps best of all, since it's a business trip, the company pays. For years I've been mildly envious when friends got to take their spouses along on trips for work, and now it's finally happening for us. Yay! (It also means I won't spend the entire time worrying about every dollar.) Too bad I can't think of any reason the owner of a cabinet company needs to go to Europe (research in Versailles?)
Thanks in advance to my sweet husband, who thought of this and whom I would marry all over again if I were given the choice.