Just nod if you can hear me.
Is there anyone home?
[That’s for you, Aunt Maird. 1979.]
Welp… we’re back. I feel like we’ve been to the other side of the moon for a month. Everyone’s having a bit of trouble adjusting to ‘normal life’ again… especially Abe, who just turned 3 and lost his best buddy this morning. We sent my father out the door and on his way to St. Louis and, eventually, Tejas. I, myself, am now 31 and feelin’ fine. Thank you for the sweet messages and notes and cards and emails- though you were all a bit light in the ‘new car’ category. S’ok. I understand *winkwink*.
Mamma Mulder did score a few lovelies, though…
a baking stone (notice my blurry excitement)
a new camera
and… my one true love jacket… the guilt jacket… the jacket to replace the one my mother stole from me way back when… the jacket that will solve all my problems, personal and professional… the jacket that I lu-HUV. Never in a million years did I think I’d score this baby… but I must have cried some good tears a few months back. Some Boden tears. I put my red glasses on so I would look smart and Oxford-ish. You think?
The Family Road Trip to Beat All started December 26th when we headed to Cleveland by way of Ann Arbor and met up with Jim and his lovely wife Denise AND little Miss Rose, who is an absolute doll. Pictures with my brand new camera? Of course not. No time. Too much fun. Rose danced for Rylie, which made her an instant hit. It was so very nice to finally meet up with friends (that we’d never actually met) and find them exactly as wonderful as you expected. Next time, Burrows’, let’s aim for a tractor show and some hot dogs.
1. kissed a cow (accidentally)
2. got the skinny on all the family who-loves-who and which-did-what
3. heard Rylie say LLAMA. I’m pretty sure
she’s a genius it was an accident, but hey.
4. dressed a goose for new years
5. surprised Rylie’s Great Gramma Kluska
6. watched Planet Earth on Blu Ray. Blu is not, as I first expected, related to Rachael.
7. hired my husband and father to move the chicken coop and put a heat lamp inside
8. k-nitted 1 mitten for Rylie with plans for a second on the road but left my needles at home
9. took Ry sledding on my old Davos sled from about 25 years ago
10. completely caught up on David Copperfield
…and about a million other things that were lovely and wonderful and perfect- and I have pictures of them all… but right now, the bags are still unpacked, Rylie is waking up from her nap (singing/whining) to her baby in the crib, I have no idea what’s for dinner, I can’t find my sewing machine OR a clean pair of socks, and I have all of your blogs to catch up on! Oh my.
My words are just not coming out right today. But, the sun is out on the snow and we are blessed beyond belief with family and memories and absolute grace. So, happy weekend to you all and we’ll be back and in better story-form on Monday. We love you and we missed you so so very much!!!