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Monday, June 22, 2009

There's no place like home, there's no place like home.

8 years ago I'd have never thought I'd say that about South Dakota. Isn't it crazy how when I'm here, Alabama is "home" but once in Alabama, South Dakota became my home?

Anyway, we made it home yesterday afternoon but we were all too tired and cranky to consider blogging. From my front door back to my front door we drove 2879.6 miles. It was 1275 down and 1301 back (we took different routes.) The other 300 were from driving from my aunt's in TN to my mom's in AL and a little in town stuff. The Pirate is a mostly excellent traveler. The Bug? NOT SO MUCH. We were very happy to get home and even happier to leave them with Carol (daycare) this morning.

The trip itself was excellent. We were in the pool Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We were on the river on Thursday. On Friday my sister-in-law from the Phillipines made dinner for us. Don't ask what we ate, I don't know what it was called- something pork and pineapple, something noodley, something that looked like egg rolls but had pork and potatoes inside. This was the least stressful visit I've had with my family, almost every moment was truely enjoyable. This was my first chance to see my baby brother be a father and he really stepped up to the bat. I'm proud of him. I haven't had a chance to download the pictures yet, I'm sure I'll be sharing a lot later.

My Google Reader imploded. Here's a sampling of my labels:

Books (1000+)
Crafts (334)
Clothing and Fashion (22)
Favorites (81)
Kitchen Sink (107)
Parenting (52)

And then there are a ton of others that don't have labels yet, plus a ton I already cleared (I subscribe to a lot of flickr feeds, stuff like that) that probably totalled another 400. Plus I've skimmed a couple hundred of my quick read ones. At some point I'll probably give up and mark them all read, so if you posted something I have to read or a spectacular review, please give me a pointer!

We still need to unpack and collect the mail from my neighbor and scrape all of the crumbs out of the car, but it's nice to be home!


  1. No matter how great a trip was, there's nothing like getting back home. Vance wasn't a great traveler when he was small either.

  2. I think we need to go away once in awhile just so that we can appreciate what we have.

    My kids are pretty good now when we drive but with the 5 year difference in age, they end up annoying the hell out of each other. My daughter will sing her little out of tune songs and drive my son batty. And my son will ignore my daughter when she is speaking to him which in turns drives her batty.

    Then there's my husband who annoys the hell out of me sometimes too.. Me? I never annoy anyone. I am such a dream to travel with.

  3. Well, I was going to say 'sorry I haven't visited your blog in a while', but since you were away maybe you didn't notice. Not to say you would necessarily notice if you weren't away... Anyways, hi!

    I need to get away once in a while just for a change of scenery. It makes everything at home look different after you are getting a bit sick of everything...

  4. sounds like you had a great time. Happy catching up! LOL

  5. I know what you mean about home. It's great to get away, but it's always nice to get back, as well. Sounds like you had a really nice visit. I know family gatherings can be a little stressful even when everyone gets along. My reader imploded and I haven't even been gone. I've just been busy here. Go ahead and mark them all read. It'll make you feel better to start fresh, and if something is that important, you'll hear about it.

  6. Kailana, Hi!

    Serena, I'm nowhere NEAR catching up! Yikes!

    Lisa, The urge to mark them read is getting stronger. I figure another day or two of swimming against the tide and I'll give in!

  7. Just hit mark all as read, otherwise you'll never get caught up. Trust me, I didn't post anything noteworthy. :-D

    Welcome home!

  8. It sounds like you had a great time! And what a drive. With kids!

  9. I'm so glad you had a great time, but I'm also glad you're back. :) Interesting what you say about your brother--it's been fun seeing my little sister as a mother.

    Yuck on the Google Reader--I'd go into a fit of hysteria. Mine is at 200 right now and with work on Saturday I don't think I'll ever catch up. :(

  10. Glad you're home safe and sounds like it was a good trip. That dinner your SIL fed you sounds delish even if you don't know the names of any of the dishes.


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