We made it home.
Those are four beautiful words up there.
We ended up leaving Michigan Sunday evening and drove all night. We got back home to Missouri at 4:00 am Monday. Traveling overnight is miserable for drivers, and driving rain made it all the more fun, but with far fewer stops and no vomit, it made for an easier trip. The kids slept for the most part – but when we got home, everyone headed right back to bed and slept until after 9:00 am. I somehow had energy after all that, caught up on laundry, mopped the kitchen and living room, cleaned kitchen windows, emptied out the van, and got the van vacuumed and car seats washed.
I know. I wish I always have so much energy. But it caught us up for the week and started us out on top. Blaine leaves next week for a work trip. He gets to photograph golf in Branson. He could care less about golf… but it sounds fun to me anyway.
Charlotte is the first to wrap up a school subject for the year, finishing math this week. Next week several more finish. Hello, Spring. I love it when we wrap up another school year. I started my list of books needed for next year today. It’s a daunting thought. Liberty is taking Physical Science and Algebra, and Eden will be taking General Science and Pre-Algebra. I’ll have two in junior high. I remember, at the beginning of motherhood, looking at those mothers like they lived on another planet. I couldn’t see past diapers and drool with the occasional spit up. Now, I’m there. Only I’m still living in the world of diapers and drool too. Who would have thought?
I paid $4.52 to children today. They cleaned out the garden, picked rock, cleared out last fall’s mess or trellises and tomato cages, and then washed my van. Money well spent. They are thrilled with their earnings and I got a job done that has been taunting me since last fall, undone and ugly. Oh, and my van’s clean, inside and out!
Ruby asked how old something was, and was told it was four. She wrinkled up her nose in true Ruby fashion. “That’s not that old.” Then she spun around and exclaimed, “Wait! That’s Pierce’s whole life!”