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G is Away.

D has packed up baby S, Elf, Emperor and G and travelled about 600 miles away to Ohio to visit his parents (their grandparents). He will drop off G with his sister who has acreage in rural Ohio. G loves the outdoors and will love his visit with his uncle and aunt. He last went about six years ago (!!) and has been talking about it ever since!

We've been shopping for his farmer overalls. You would think overalls would be easy to find in his size. I find things very difficult to find in the super-fat size, so you would THINK being 5 ft 8 and having a 26-inch waist would mean it's easy to find clothes. NOPE! We found a nice pair of overalls at the local farm store, but they had a big oil stain on them! Bleh. The only one in that size, too. We negotiated for some money off and wound up paying about $15.00 for them. Yay! Best part is that the oil washed out. But we didn't know that then and I'm NOT going to pay a ton of money for something "new" and already stained. G also bought some size 14 boots because the 13's fit, but he wants room to grow. Um, well, you can't blame him for being ambitious, I suppose. He'll never grow out of the 14's though, so I can't say I've bought them too small!

So now it's just me, the Woodjie Pumpkin Muffin McOnion McGillicuddy with Cheese, and Patrick. (I get to make up as many nicknames as I want for J and he can't stop me if he can't say anything about it. Doesn't Woodjums know that Mommy wants him to talk and will goad him any way she can to do it???) Do you know how quiet it is? Even with a toddler in the house? Well, the toddler makes noise, but I suppose the advantage to his not speaking yet is that he doesn't *quite* talk back yet.

I've done ONE load of wash, and ONE load of dishes. Even the dishes wouldn't need to have been done, were it not for the fact that D and the boys all had breakfast here before heading out. J got some sprinkler time I've had THREE chess games with Patrick. I have looked at ALL the blogs I want to look at. I did a sewing project. Well, a little one. But I got it DONE in TWO days. Oh! I even slept in until 7:30 a.m. today. Can you believe it??

I would have missed everyone by now, but I'm marvelling at how little work it takes to be a "mom of two." What do those people do all day? I mean, I thought of SOMETHING to fill my time because I was a "mom of two" for several years before Elf's arrival. I was busy! But now, with "only" two children, the house is empty. There is no laundry. I read AN ENTIRE CHAPTER in the Bible without getting interrupted once. Can you believe it?? It makes *so* much more sense that way! I also got to see two movies with Patrick. These also make more sense without the constant interruptions. Mmm.

Well, D called to tell me he's on his way back and he'll be home in a few hours. I'll have three more kids (since G is gone for a bit) again, and more laundry. More little hungries and people to clean after. More people to keep me company. I can almost hear the house waiting! :]


  1. That is a long way to drive for not very long. But I bet is was nice to have such a quiet time.

    I bet Patrick really like it too! What movies did you watch? I can't remember what it was like to only have 1 or 2. Once in a great awhile that happens here and I get so bored I don't know what to do with myself.

  2. Well, while J was screaming/told to get "back in bed, back in bed, back in bed" (he sleeps in the living room, we spent that time watching Lady and the Tramp and part of a Conquerors documentary. A watched J never sleeps, you know, so you have to kind of put on background noise for him. :]

    Patrick and I even did some IMs online! He figured out how to send an automated greeting on aol.

  3. How brave of D to take off with 4 on his own! Hope Baby S behaved herself... that's a long way for a wee bubby to travel. Hope you really did enjoy your little break from 4 of them.... I too find it so easy with just two kids at home now, after having 6 for so long.

  4. 600 miles seems a long way to go for a short visit! It must have been lovely to spend some 'quality time' with your boys. Hope they make it back safely, and you're all able to appreciate each other once more!


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