Monday, June 22, 2009

Oddly, I Left the Rain Behind in Utah

It is a fortunate individual who has more than one place where they are loved and needed.

—Maleen Cazier

I got back from Washington late Sunday night and they must have worn me out more than I thought, because all I did today was sleep. Supremely unproductive, but necessary.

Visiting my family was so much fun. There were some organized moments such as my Mom's birthday party that was filled with humor and way too many good things to eat (I might have to start exercising again, especially if I keep eating that box of See's Candy she sent home with me), but most of the time it was just hanging out with the people I love.

Tim and I got to spend some extra bonding time cleaning up the living room and taking down the Christmas tree (yes, my parents usually leave it up year round, but they thought they would take it down for a change this year). Tim, I apologize if I used the 'mother' tone of voice on you a few times; it comes naturally now.

Miranda and I ran lots of errands around town and I am thankful to have a sister. There is some kind of special bond between sisters which makes me happy for my own girls. Even if you don't always get along with your sister, (although Miranda and I usually do) you know you are never alone.

I got to see a few friends. I visited my friend Kara and got a bit homesick playing with her daughter. She is absolutely adorable.

I got in touch with Dalyn. She is probably better friends with Miranda now, but Miranda is nice enough to share her when I am in town.

Mom pampered me as always; she made some incredible omelets that I am still craving. Dad, I regret that we didn't get to watch anything. I am a sorry excuse for a daughter who flies all the way out there and then doesn't watch a movie with you. I'll make up for it at Christmas time.

And of course many thanks to my husband who made the trip possible. If he hadn't watched the kids I never could have come (stupid expensive airlines). He was wonderful...blogging, cleaning (wink), herding children, and only one of them was damaged when I came back...I call that a success. You are the best Dad too.

Plus, it never hurts to come back to messages like this one.


skye said...

When I saw you at church, I meant to come give you a hug after sacrament, but it was so dang crowded in there that by the time I got my kids to pack up their stuff, you were already gone. :(

I'm glad you got to spend some quality time with your family! Sounds like you had a blast, and frankly, that's what coming "home" should be all about! :)

Btw, LOVE the new pics in your blog header! SO CUTE!!

Maleen said...

Did I see YOU? I am sorry that I didn't get to give you a hug. I actually stayed in the chapel for a while, but I went up to talk to Hemmings.
Were you guys visiting for Kara's baby, or just for fun?

Emilie said...

Sounds like you had a good time. I have never ever left my kids overnight with anyone. It will be a shocker when Sky and I go on the cruise without them!

The Gillespie Family said...

okay 1- why was i not aware you were in washington?? not happy. 2- did you happen to notice who the illustrator on your fablehaven book is? it's sooo awsome! miss you and MUST se you in december!

¡Vieve! said...

Thats a sweet note. I'm glad you got to go see your family!