Okay, it only seems like 41 days since Mommy left for the other side of the river. She is currently in a big airplane coming back to see her precious babies. They are still alive and happy (unlike the Mavericks and Mark Cuban). Today was hard on the kids. This morning, we went to Aunt Roxanna's house for our regular Friday gathering. (Yes, I got to take a shower before they got up today!) We ordered lunch there from the brand-new, first-time-in-the-country Papa John's Pizza (with real live pepperoni!). Sawyer ate a good bit of his birthday cake and icecream for lunch.
After lunch we went to Elijah's house so Lee Anna and Sawyer could play for a while and Daddy could finally get his haircut (from my Monday list of things to do.) When we got home from there, it was 5:00 and the kids were just beat. They were both asleep within 15 minutes.
The hardest part of the day was leaving Elijah's house with a baby backpack, a guitar backpack-case, a 1-year-old in my left arm, a piece of birthday cake in my right hand (thanks Aunt Rox), and a screaming almost-three-year-old walking along behind me not wanting to go home and getting sand in her sandals. We had to walk two or three blocks to find a taxi, and it was not a pretty sight. But we all got home.
After their naps, everybody was pretty sweet. We ate some spaghetti and yogurt and bananas and baby cereal and... (Wow! Sawyer just kept eating whatever I'd give him and crying when that ran out).
I was greatly relieved when the yellow taxi company called and said they were going to get Beth. You see, the whole time I was talking to them (around 5:00) Lee Anna was screaming at me that she wanted the BLUE MARKER to color with. Not the pink one! So I wasn't really sure what I told the taxi guy. Immediately after that conversation, I took Lee Anna to her room so she could calm down and quit crying, and she promptly fell asleep.
"Plan B" for this week's trip would have been for us to pay my airfare and hotel out of personal monies and go with Beth so she could be with the kids in the evening. We'll refer to that as "Plan A" next time. :)
It's been an interesting, insightful week getting to spend lots and lots of quality time with my beautiful children. I'd love to do it again with them when they're both a little older. Like 25 and 27.