Thursday, December 29, 2005

Hi, Honey, I'm Home

Lovely, lovely trip with the husband and two babes to Alabama to see my family. Lots of visiting, lots of eating, lots of chasing children, lots of driving, but, above all, lots of love.

Back at the ranch, things seemed to go well. The dogs survived our absence, as did the house (this house already burned down once--in 1978). The petsitters were diligent, and loads of mail and packages greeted us when we walked into our kitchen last night. It was Christmas morning all over again as we tore into the new gifts at 10pm.

One delightful part of the trip was seeing how content my children generally are. This is apart from one road-related discipline moment when the 2.5yo was yelling in the car for no other reason than to needle us and his 9mo sister. After N blew through the first warning, D and I were forced to pull over onto the shoulder of I-95 and get out of the car for a minute to show N that actions have consequences. My God, that was scary, and I don't see ever doing that again. Not only did semis roll by closely at 80mph, but the kids cried in our absence (as I would have). I think N learned his lesson. So did I: I need to find a less dangerous method to deal with screaming in the car. Any ideas?

A seems to be sick with a cold this first morning back, and while I am sorry for her, I am secretly pleased to have the time she is sleeping to put to organizing the house. As I type, though, I hear some coos from upstairs. A heavy diaper awaits me.

I'm pondering some goals for 2006, and hope to make a post on this topic in a day or so. Meantime, I've got to be Momma, sort through mail and pay bills, wash clothes, plan some menus, and run various errands. We're back in business here.

I hope that all of you are enjoying the holidays, feeling some peace and some love.

13 comments:

Lynsloo said...

Missed you!

Glad your holidays were wonderful, hope AC is better!

ALMOST done with your book and have loved every minute.

Mary Louisa said...

Lindsey, you're a trooper to follow through on the biography. Pretty sad story, huh? I missed you too. Just caught up on your blog--sounds like your babe was well in time for the holidays. :)

jason evans said...

Welcome back, Mary Louisa!

Mary Louisa said...

Thanks, Jason. Glad to be home. I look forward to getting caught up on your blog!

Lynsloo said...

It was SO enjoyable, I don't know how you are calling it dry...

I've not been bored a single minute and now want to get her books!

shannon said...

welcome back ML. Missed you lots. Only one real incident in a long car trip sounds pretty good to me. Linds is making me want your book.

Mary Louisa said...

Shan, if you're interested, email me and I'll let you know how you can get a signed copy. ;)
marylouisa1965 AT hotmail DOT com

Otherwise, ask Linds if you can borrow hers. LOL

Lynsloo said...

HEY! You didn't sign MY copy! WTFBBQ?! LOL!

Mary Louisa said...

Ummm, you seemed to have skipped the TITLE PAGE, Linds.

Lynsloo said...

LMAO!!! sorry!!!!!

Jeff said...

I think the only sure cure for kids screaming in the car on a road trip is for them to out grow it. I'm speaking from experience. lol
Welcome back. I hope you have a Happy New year. :)

anne frasier said...

welcome back, mary louisa!
we missed you!


word verification:
stnykr

LOL!

Mary Louisa said...

Thanks, Anne. Sorry my word verification is calling you names. I knew I shouldn't have given it a Christmas tip. Now it thinks it owns the place.

Jeff, thanks for the words of experience. I think... ;)