Sunday, July 22, 2012

Headed Home

Our 3 weeks in Canada came to an end yesterday morning.... such mixed emotions involved with our departure!  This visit was our best visit ever with my family which made it extra hard to say "Good Bye"
Two nights ago Owen asked, "Why can't we just live in Canada?"  Not only did I enjoy my time with my family and friends, my kids loved every second of it too!!!  When we loaded up in the camper at 8:30 am and I saw the kids waving frantically out the window it was a cute and sad moment all in one!
And like many of the tradition things we did this trip (we have our list of "gotta be's" we do in Canada and Owen knows them all), having Opa and Nina come down to the main road to do one final wave was not left out of our gotta be's that we did!!!  We left and I had a heaviness in my heart.... I HATE living so far away from this part of my family! Turns out I didn't have to be sad for long..... we forgot all of our freshly filled sippy cups behind so we had to (well I wanted to) turn around and go get them!!!  We pulled in front of my parent's house and Opa told Nina, "They are back" and she didn't believe him... but why would she?!?! : )    Okay, another hug, kiss and short good bye and we were back on the road!
And just as I had expected, the kids were asleep within 45 minutes to an hour of being on the road!!  We were ALL exhausted!  Actually, the kids didn't do much day one of the trip.  I think Owen laid on the couch and watched shows most of the 13 hours which isn't normal..... remember, the trip up he didn't watch tv at all!  Brad kept asking if the kids were okay.... we worry a little since Owen gets carsick so easily.... I had to reassure him that they were just wiped out after our super busy week!  But, that's how I wanted it... sleepy kids for a LONG journey home!
Yes, Brad was with us!  He left work Friday and flew up to Canada... he was suppose to arrive at 11pm but after several delays he didn't get in until almost 2 am.... not ideal for a LONG drive home.  He was such a trooper though.  He slept in which I got the kids and camper ready and then we were off... spending his whole weekend driving!
The kids woke up as we crossed the boarder, we had to wait in line about an hour so the stillness woke them up... I thought they would nap again but they didn't.  It was okay though, like I said, they were pretty relaxed the whole trip.  It was going SO good that I actually tried to talk Brad into driving the whole way home..... all 19 hours of it.  Brad was afraid that if we missed out on the campground we had a reservation at, we would get an hour down the road and be in meltdown city with no where to pull over.... so, we stopped at 9pm and got the kids ready for bed... a bit crazy with tired ones but we survived and tried to rest up for day 2.
Brad had found a great campground with fishing, playground, and pool and we took full advantage of it all before getting back on the road.  First stop, fishing of course!!!
As the kids fished, Ethan and I reflected on our adventures.  After a busy month I'm ready to get home and get back into our routine, have our space, our beds, and the kids toys.  I know they will enjoy being back with their things.  That is what I am looking forward to... our normal!
Well really, it will be a new normal!  The kids have grown up so much this past month!  It is amazing to look at them now and try to remember them a month ago a little less grown up... Ethan is walking now!!!!  Addyson is a HUGE helper!  And Owen is saying such big things!  They have all changed!
Look, Ethan is swinging in a big boy swing for the first time with his sister pushing him!  I'm so funny... I think of Ethan much smaller and fragile than he really is!!!  I've avoided the swing for fear of his neck not being strong enough.... who am I kidding?!?!
Addyson also became quite the photographer this trip!!!  Maybe I'll finally start showing up in blog pictures more often!!! : )
Besides wanting to do everything herself and help with everything, she also told me that "I know everyphing!"  Yep, she thinks she knows it all at the tender age of 3!!!  So I quizzed her, "Do you know ______?"  No, okay, so you don't know everything but you are learning it all and open to learning, aren't you?!?! : )
You know who else is ready to start learning?!?!  This big guy!!!!  Yep, he'll start kindergarten in less than a month!  That very thought gives me anxiety!  My parents live right by the big Catholic church and elementary school in town and out front there is a big sign mentioning Kindergarten registration... every time I drove by it I got a lump in my throat!  Not ready for my baby to start school.... the other downside of heading home... starting school is THAT much closer!

I mentioned that he grew up a lot on this trip... it was fun to hear him try out new phrases and fun facts!
-I left the kids in the car to run in to ask Nina a question and when I came back he said in an exhausted tone  "That took you for ages!!!"
- Walking back from the park that is a 5 minute walk (if that) from my parents house, we were headed up the hill to their neighborhood and in front of a lady Owen asks "Mom, many more hours are you going to make us walk?"  That lady gave me a dirty look and I had to reassure Owen that we had only been walking 5 minutes and we had just 2 more minutes to go!

I wish we only had 2 more minutes to go to get home once we loaded up this morning.... we had 6 hours and that was the longest 6 hours ever!!!!!  SO much harder than the 13 yesterday.  I was SO thankful we drove the majority of our trip yesterday before we were super exhausted and anxious to get home!  We ended up stopping SO much, one of which was an hour trip to Trader Joe's in St. Louis accompanied with a visit in the parking lot with Uncle Aric and Aunt Emily.  We should have been home about 4 and ended up not getting home until 6.  What a long day!
First thing the kids did when they got home, got their toys and headed out in the backyard to run around!!!  They ran and ran and ran!!!  I think having  a yard to play in is the main thing they missed at Opa and Nina's house!!!  We were greeted by Nammie in Fayetteville who had made dinner for us and had gone shopping so we had groceries at the house for breakfast!!!  Oh, it is SO good to be home!  Now, if I can just get unpacked, settled in, and get ready for our school year to start!  For now, I'm just going to enjoy being "Home Sweet Home'!!!

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