Wondering why it almost appears as if I’ve dropped off the face of the earh? Here’s why I haven’t been commenting or responding to so many of you lately.
Note: It took most of today to add the images. Yes. There are a lot.
Visiting the Family, by the Numbers
2.3 weeks gone from home.
1 flight to Kansas City alone with my two kids.
0 Airplane Poopapaloozas.
3.5 hour drive to Iowa on only two hours of sleep.
1.1 weeks I solo parented.
7 hours spent at Iowa State Fair with my sister and two kids.
3 different places where sky gliders were ridden: fair, amusement park, and Omaha Zoo.
6 total rides on sky gliders.
15 days of no workouts.
3 days in a row without a shower.
2 water parks visited – both with cold water.
1 batch of cupcakes baked and decorated by The Tackler. Consumed by both kids.
2 batches of brownies baked by The Tackler.
2 batches of brownies mostly devoured by me.
1 heart warming greeting for CG after kids spent over a week away.
2 doctor visits: one worthless, one to get a prescription for The Tackler’s ear infection.
4.5 hours of driving in one day for round trip to Omaha Zoo.
7 hours spent at Omaha Zoo.
???Animals viewed and pointed at with excitement (too many I couldn’t even guess).
0 naps by Lil Diva at zoo.
90% of drive there was in a downpour.
0 inches of rain once we arrived.
6 carousel rides for Lil Diva (at amusement park and zoo).
2 times I almost fell on butt trying to photograph kids on various carousels.
2 people water skied: CG and me.
2 children fascinated watching their parents ski.
4 hours spent catching up with college girlfriend without child interruption.
3 adults who were also sick during visit.
2 days it felt hotter (heat index) in Iowa than Texas.
2 Grandpas hugged and played with.
1 (great) G-ma snuggled.
1 (great) G-pa wrestled.
1 Mimi worn to exhaustion by snuggles, baking, and games.
2 Aunties seen.
1 Uncle who helped them defy gravity.
2 high school friends I reconnected with.
54+ ears of corn on the cob shucked.
13 ears of fresh Iowa sweet corn consumed by just me.
8+ times I ate my favorite soft shell taco at childhood Taco joint.
2 times ate far too many slices of pizza from favorite pizza place.
1 very long tractor ride with Grandpa.
3 days to drive back to Texas with CG and kids.
1 stop in Kansas City and stay with college friend.
1sweet adorable baby I got to hold and meet for first time.
1 new boyfriend for Lil Diva.
1 KC fountain my kids completely drenched themselves in.
2 kids who required full clothing changes.
1 lovely evening of playing in my aunt’s pool in Tulsa.
3 catastrophes avoided in her non-childproofed house.
1 paint incident stopped with the only damage to Lil Diva. And her PJs.
1 tank of fish kids went crazy over.
961+ photos taken over two weeks. On just my camera. That have been copied over so far. Does not count iPod or cell phone or ones taken by others.
2 blogging friends I missed connections with and hope to catch next time.
5 estimated pounds I probably gained over the two weeks.
57 blogs I haven’t had a chance to read because of all of the above.
15+ hours spent in the car driving back to Texas.
2 cats who wondered where the hell we went left at home to greet us.
3 days minimum needed to recover from my “vacation”.
1 Labor Day that will be spent getting groceries, doing laundry, hopefully working out, and preparing for the next day when both kids attend Mother’s Day Out for four hours.
1 homework assignment due on Tuesday for The Tackler that hasn’t been started yet.
How are you spending your Labor Day (or whatever they call it for my Canadian friends)?