Josiah summed it up when he woke up very early Tuesday morning with a smile, then started to cry. "Mom, my heart feels like this (he smiled) when I think of going home to see Daddy, but I feel like this (he frowned with tears) when I think about leaving everyone else! My heart was oh-so-excited to see my sweetie; a month is a long time to be away. I missed him a lot-and it didn't help when he made 2nd class and I missed seeing him being pinned. I know he enjoyed bachin' it a couple of weeks, but then missed me and the boys dearly. But leaving my family, well-my heart hurts. Being in Oklahoma was so fun! I LOVE spending time with family and I got to spend time with both the Applegates and my own fam. Both Steph and Whit are living in Stillwater while their hubbies are attending OSU. Can you say get-together! We were together more than we were apart, which is saying a lot when you consider Steph has 3 kids, I have 3 kids and Whit has 2 and 1 on the way. Thankfully we had my wonderful mother (#1 friend and child-keeper) keeping us company and aiding with herding our children. My father-in-law once said he figured keeping track of my boys was like trying to herd cats...I have to say I COMPLETELY agree...and we had 8 to herd!
I'll just give you the high-lights:
Mack graduated high-school and I got to spend time with my peppy Grandma Blanchard (Grandma B to the kiddies). She was so fun. She is spiritual and has a lot of wisdom, but she still gets down on the floor and plays with my boys and taught them a couple of nursery rhymes. I definitely want to be like her when I grow up!! We got to help celebrate Mother's Day and we were able to party with my father-in-law, Georgia and Greyson's birthdays. We went to the zoo, Leonardo's children's museum and Burger King play-land (more times than I'd like to remember due to it's allergy safety factor for Whit's kiddies). My mom-in-law took Jos and Gav for a couple of afternoons-I know she did it to spend one-on-one time with them, but it was a fun break for me. I was able to go get my hair done and shop for myself (which was an absolute blast without kids) and I simply had fun. The boys fought, teased and had a fabulous time with their cousins. They clambered all over the new play-set my dad and men in the family put together for them. Gavin overcame his fear of horses and was never far from Dad or Mack when they went out to feed. We all had a wonderful time camping out in the great outdoors--out back at my mom's. We ate, laughed and shouted at our beasties together...it was wonderful. I'm thankful our Heavenly Father put me in the family he did. There isn't a better family, other than yours, I'm sure!
It is nice to be home, though. I enjoy kissing my husband, sleeping in my own bed and having my boys in their own rooms. We're excited for our next trip too. We'll be heading north to Ohio and Indiana to spend time with the Applegates for a couple of weeks. Ellee is getting baptized and I haven't even seen my beautiful nephew, Michael, yet! We'll let our bums rest, then we're off next week!!!