...Glad as I can be!
Our daddy has returned home at last! Hooray. He has been in Utah training for his new business for the past month and got home this past Saturday night. Which means I have been a "single" parent. Wow! It was harder than I thought. I sure salute all those single parents out there. And I don't even have a job.
One of the hardest things about him being gone was timing--
A: Dustin left for his mission during the month Scott was gone. I was on an emotional roller coaster for the few days before and after D left, and had to remember I still had other kids to take care of.
B: it was soccer season. Brennen started a job at Costa Vida, and also was busy with music practice (choir & orchestra) & concerts, and Dustin left on his mission, so all of the sudden I AM THE ONLY DRIVER around. Soccer, piano lessons, soccer, scouts, soccer, achievement days, soccer, after school choir, soccer... Three kids playing soccer = 6 practices per week and 3 games per week. I have to admit we didn't make it to all the soccer practices. The last few years I have taken advantage of my teenage drivers and realized how much I appreciate them.
And of course there are the things that I never really do because my hubby takes care of them so I don't even think about them much til he is gone--like putting the garbage can to the curb on Wednesday mornings. I only forgot once. And I didn't forget it was garbage day, I was just going to do it later. oops. And taking care of the cars and making sure the gas tanks are full; and always locking up at night. I even mowed the lawn once. But the mower ran out of gas so I had to go fill up the little red gas tank. I don't know if I have ever done that since I have been married.
Harder than the day to day tangible "stuff" to take care of is everything else--giving everyone enough attention, refereeing the arguments and bickering, the discipline, the homework, the emotions, getting everyone where they need to go (church is the hardest and I don't even have preschoolers anymore) and, well, just everything that goes with families. It wore me out! I am tired--more than usual. (I think I need a 2 week nap). There were some tears and calls to my sister and friends asking for help. But I got through it. We all got through it.
The mood in our house is happier now that Dad is home. But I think it was a little rough on him coming home from work today to a houseful of happy noise instead the quiet of his parents' house. We all might need a few days of adjustment, but it's good to be back together again.