Thursday, July 2, 2009

Old Home Week

For those of you who haven't figured it out by the fact that I haven't shown my face in the blogosphere, I'm out of town. I'd post a bunch of pictures and all that to keep it interesting, but the fact is I'm dead tired and since I'm on a borrowed laptop I'm not sure I could figure it out without a good nights' sleep!

The kids have been great. Seriously - maybe it has something to do with the fact that I NEED them to be helpful... or maybe it's just that they don't want to embarrass themselves in front of too many relatives? That's not to say we haven't had our "moments" but they've been blessedly few and brief!

The drive was good - MUCH better than I had feared. Last time we attempted this trip all 5 kids came down with the flu AND I had a tire blow out in the middle of a cell "dead-zone"... not that it would have mattered much because I didn't actually HAVE a cell phone at the time! With that as my "reference point", it had to get better! I've been monitoring the kids' health (and that of their friends) for weeks, I've been to Discount Tire to have the tires checked, rotated, and balanced, and I've been holding on to my cell phone like it was the Iron Rod of scripture!

Why make this insane trip? Good question... and just because you asked I'm going to tell you!!!

My youngest brother came home from his mission (for the LDS church) last week - I would have been here when he arrived, except for that darn scout camp. After two years we were all eager to see him and see if he'd forgotten all his english. Amazingly enough - he still qualifies as a native english speaker even after two years in Chile!
My older sister is also here - from New York - so I just had to make it... otherwise my mother might have photoshopped a picture of me from less flattering days into the family shot we finally took!

And (thanks to Facebook) I was able to connect with a lot of friends! Dive Bar Karaoke anyone? THIS I'll go into more detail about when I get home...

Well, pray for a speedy return trip - we're heading back Monday and looking forward to seeing M.O.T.H. again - and I'm sure he's looking forward to us being home. I talked to him a few minutes ago on the phone and he admitted that he's eaten a peanut butter sandwich and a TV dinner today. If anyone local is reading this could you look in on him?

See you all soon, I'm not abandoning the blog-reading... just taking a break!

8 comments:

Kristina P. said...

Glad you've had a good time. I hope you have a great time with the fam.

Are you coming to Crash's shindig on Saturday?

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Glad you are there for such a special time. I know looking back you will be glad you were there. It is amazing what we will put ourselves through isn't it. All for family. Hope your trip home is just as uneventful.

April said...

Brave woman you! Keep having fun! There's nothing like family to bring out the best (and sometimes the worst) in us. Glad it is the best!

Barbaloot said...

Oh-brothers coming home is the best!! I loved when my brothers got back. And for real---will you be at Crash' thing? I would LOVE that!

Shauna said...

Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend :)

Alicia said...

have a great weekend! sounds like you've been going nonstop! =)

Sher said...

I'm really glad that you had no flat tires and that you had a cell phone so you could climb the nearest mountain to get a signal if you needed one. I'm sure your family was glad that you came and I'm sure you look great in the family picture (did you manage not to make a funny face at the camera?).

LC said...

What an adventure for you guys. Glad the kids are cooperating so well. On your way home, crash here if you need--don't take that literally!