Wednesday, April 23, 2008

No News

There really is nothing of import to report, but I feel like writing. This last week has been busy, but what week isn't? We had concrete poured a week ago today (an RV pad), which seems like an inconsequential matter, unless you are the one paying for it. We didn't realize that it would be more than 660 sq. ft. of concrete - 60 more than our over-sized garage, and 40 more than our driveway! We went into this ordeal thinking it would be a relatively cheap way to get rid of a useless strip of land beside our garage, and are coming out of it thinking we could have bought an RV - or better yet, a boat - for what it cost to complete said task. Aw well. What's money? No, really...what is money? We'll just push-back the scheduled sprinkler system and wait a while longer for grass. Luckily my kids would rather have concrete than grass any day!
I had (more appropriately, I TOOK) the rare opportunity to get away for the weekend, and so my sister-in-law, Emily, and I went to SLC to shop all day Friday, explore the Srapbook Expo Saturday, and try to devour every scrap of scrumptious food in the entire Salt Lake valley. It was nigh unto heaven to have no schedule, no responsibilities, and no worries for two whole days! I'm afraid that I could easily get used to such freedom. Just so you don't think me totally void of feeling, it was SOOO fun to come back home to my babies and best boyfriend, Ty (for the entire 2 minutes he was home before rushing off to "fight night," which I made him late to, but for which he never uttered a complaint - he's a better person than I).
I finally got my chance to see Ty Sunday afternoon, because guess what? He WAS released (it's true - I keep pinching myself to make sure it's not a dream) and got to come home with us - a phenomenon that I haven't experienced in I don't know how many years! Sacrament meeting was interesting, and I felt very uncomfortable at being singled out by the stake pres. so many times as he apologized profusely! It was embarrassing, and I just kept thinking, "If you only knew how much I've complained, you wouldn't be singing my praise!" He asked me to bare my testimony, which went well until I inadvertently mentioned how long we'd been in the ward and how I would miss it. Then I felt strange sensations I have never felt before...throat constricting, eyes wetting, face flushing...I had to quickly close before I started to blubber like an idiot. Ty said it was just because I am so relieved, but I think I actually WILL miss that ward in some ways - the biggest one: I felt comfortable there. Weird as everyone was, I was used to it, and it was my "comfort zone." I am just a little shy - STILL (I thought that was supposed to disappear when you became an "adult"), and it is hard for me to squeeze my way into a comfortable place in a new ward. I'm hoping having Ty there with me will make it a little easier.
When we got home I told Ty I needed to show all my fun purchases to someone who cared, and he happily replied, "Show them to me, and I'll pretend to care!" So I did! And he did! Then we spent a leisurely Sunday afternoon with our children, followed by our usual Sunday dinner with Ty's brother and his wife. It was fabulous.
I really could write for hours about nothing, but I need to go get Saylor (she has half-days on Wednesdays) and take her to get two more teeth pulled - poor child. Otherwise I would happily sit here and write, and write, and write...

8 comments:

sharlee said...

Andy-Roo! You're "no news" is better than my "some news". I'm glad you have room for an RV now. THAT is a huge stress out of the way! Pheww! At least you'll have a place to put the blow-up pool this summer, huh?
Why does Saylor have to have her teeth pulled? That is terrible. I hope it went well.

Higham Family said...

HOORAY! I'm thankful for you that Ty has been released. Also, I give you a huge amen on being kid free- a vacation is not a vacation with children. Besides, absence does make the heart grow fonder. Good for you!

Andrea said...

Orthodontic orders...she'll need braces eventually, but for now they're just trying to make some room in her tiny mouth for her massive teeth. Last week she had two bottom (baby) teeth pulled and didn't even know they had pulled her teeth! This week it didn't go as well. She was in a lot of pain and bled all evening. I finally put her to bed at midnight, hoping the bleeding would stop. I haven't checked yet - she's still asleep. I feel so bad for her and so helpless to make her all better.

Amber said...

I LOVE getting away from my girls. I certainly love them too, but being away from them makes me appreciate them a bit more! Plus having a girls only weekend is the best. Even just a girl's night out will due. Keeps me sane. So sorry to hear about Saylor's teeth. It stinks when your kids are hurting and you can do nothing for them. Oh and amen to your concrete money pit. We planted a few new trees and put in a play set after we had our curbing done, and just to have them pour that small amount of curbing is going to cost us almost as much as it cost us to do our entire yard 2 years ago! YUCKO!

Emily said...

I love reading your no news!

Marianne said...

I love reading your "nothings." They're a lot more interesting than my "somethings." I'm so glad you were able to have a nice Sunday with your WHOLE family. What a relief! How fun that you got a couple days away. I'm having one of those days and am wishing I could run away for a day or two or three or four...

Marianne said...

I just read your comment on my blog. Thank you - you're so sweet. I know I can make it. There are just some days when I want and need to lock myself in a room for a few minutes to keep myself from freaking out. I hope I'm not the only one who needs that. I would love a road trip. You know, we did just get a natural gas car, so travel isn't as expensive for us now. I know Noah would love to get out of the house too. Don't feel bad about wanting another break. I'm the same way. A couple days off is nice but it only makes me want more because I get that little taste of freedom. Please understand, I love my kids sooooooo much, but you know how it is- motherhood is hard!! I go through ups and downs, and for the last little while I was in an "up" that was lasting longer than usual and was great. But I think I'm coming down from it a little bit, so I'm trying to get back up because I hate the "downs." Listen to me, I'm blabbing on and on, and you're probably thinking I'm a crazy, miserable mom. I'm not. Well, I might be a little crazy, but I'm not miserable. I think I need to stop now writing now.

Marianne said...

Sorry about that really stupid typo on the last line of my comment (and any other typos that probably exist). I posted it before I noticed it.