I have fallen short of even my lowest expectations for blogging these last ten days, but I am home, safe and sound and attempting today to remember exactly what it is I do around here.
Thank you so much for your insightful comments following my only post on the road. It was a bit of a downer — sorry about that. Not at all what I imagined sharing. I so appreciate those that spent time responding and am reminded once again of the supportive community blogs have fostered for us!
So this morning, I got up at 4:00 am, tired of tossing and turning and having freaky lion dreams (more on that later.) I was hoping I could get a head start on the week ahead and found myself sort of putzing around, putting things away and sorting through piles and trying to make a list. It did feel really good to reclaim the early morning, but I did the strangest things. I cleaned out the silverware drawer, wiped down the inside of my fridge and shuffled things around in the pantry, while my suitcase lay open on the living room floor — go figure? Anyway, I'll get it together. I have to, as we have a memorable week head, starting with Trey's birthday. He is 10 today …
I would like to make him a special breakfast, but I need to go grocery shopping in the worst way. I purchased b-day invites before I left, Jenna sent them out and so we do have a party this Saturday that needs to be planned. In the meantime, I feel like I purchased a gift or two back in August, but there is nothing in my usual hiding place (hmmm.) I've got to deliver something to his classroom and whip up some sort of family celebration for this evening. All of that aside, look at him! He is adorable and I cannot believe how grown up he looked when I got home — even ten days away and I'm struck with the change and growth in my children.
The other big event … Jenna's wedding, this Friday! Addie will be the flower girl and we've got a few preparations left for that — it is Jenna's last day today, so I'm thinking "lunch" is in order.
I've got to check in with my Have More FUN class — I've so missed my daily interaction there. I've been working on our final project while traveling and am most anxious to see what I've missed on the message boards and gallery.
And, there are several "projects" just around the corner … excited to reimmerse myself in those and hoping to find my fall groove and some serious productivity now that kids are back in school.
South Africa was simply amazing and I will share highlights very soon — I already miss the other teachers and travelers. It's amazing how you bond with people on this kind of life-altering trip.