Oh meal and Ehmo and other joys

Today I realized how seldom I actually sit with my “lap”top in my lap.  I usually sit at out dining room table, and while our chairs are comfy (IKEA!) they aren’t as comfy as my couch!  So today’s post is coming to you straight from my couch where my laptop is warming my knees, and the dog is warming my feet.

I’m home again. My trip to Philadelphia was fun and filled with lots of good times. Minus the travel hassles which were plentiful.  My flight from Chicago to Philly ended up leaving very late because they couldn’t find someone actually ON the plane yet they had his boarding pass. The disappearing man? Thankfully I roll well with things like that and had a huge novel along, so I was fine with it.  I was not as fine when after 45 minutes of waiting for my luggage to come around carousel 8, I realized something was wrong.  Talking with the Southwest lady confirmed that.  My luggage had not stopped in Philadelphia with me.  My guess is it went on to Boston with all those grumpy people on my flight who were yelling about missing their connecting flights to Beantown.  This was never confirmed.  After getting the correct documents I was picked up by my mom and her friend Richard.  I spent the night at their house, and we had a great dinner of chicken and waffles with my brother and his wife.  In August they are expecting their first baby! I’m going to be a real auntie!  Late in the evening I called the airline, and they had located my bags and they were on their way back to Philly. I’m glad that on Southwest bags fly free, I’d just prefer they didn’t fly alone.

On a little side note: while I gone, my husband decided to try Netflix for a month.  My children’s joy knows no bounds!  Oddly enough they have used this to catch up on all the Veggietales they have missed since they stopped being interested in Veggietales…oh, around 5 years ago!  Go figure.  They are currently watching “Madame Blueberry.”  A blast from their past.  I love my girls.

My Mom had taken Monday off, so we went to visit my Aunt Anne who wasn’t feeling well enough to come over for dinner. It was nice to visit with her and my Uncle David.  We went back to my Mom’s house to see if the luggage had arrived. It hadn’t.  I called yet again to find out when the courier had picked it up (at 9:15am) and found out that there was a 4-6 hour window during which it would be delivered.  When it hadn’t arrived by the 6.5th hour, I called again. I’m annoying like that. I was most concerned about my Chi. It being the most expensive thing in my luggage.  And I was kind of missing my clothes. My Mom was nice enough to share, but she is petite and I am not.  Her sweater didn’t quite come to my wrists.  While I was on the phone with Southwest, my luggage came!

Richard and my Mom drove me the 30 minutes to my friend’s house where I would stay the rest of my trip.  Barb just had her second baby a month ago, and I was there to play with B (who is now almost 18 months old and too cute for words!) and help out with A (also known as Bubby.)  Oh the joy!  New baby head smell and the sweet sounds of a little one!  I got to watch lots of PBS kids shows (Barney is still on?!?…really?!?)  Although, B’s favorite is Elmo.  (For the record ‘Sid the Science Kid’ may be the most annoying show on the planet.) The chant of “Ehmo, Ehmo, Ehmo!” was heard regularly.  I so miss the fun of having a toddler, but I do recall how much work they are.  B is a great eater (and Barb is a great Mom feeding her all kinds of healthy things.)  Her favorites are “oh meal” (oatmeal), “nanas” (banana), “gapes” (grapes), and “gook” (cream cheese on a bagel.)  For Christmas I got her a  “Duck and Goose” board book with little finger puppets.  She loves her Duck and Goose (she calls them Duck and Noose.)  I also got her an Elmo back pack that is just a little too big for her, but she wore it around the house all the time.  I can’t tell you how much that girl made me laugh and smile! We called my girls on facetime on my iphone, and she got the idea, so you better believe I’ll be calling her on her Daddy’s iphone so we can stay connected!

The new baby (or Bubby, as B calls him) is adorable!! He’s so new and cute and all things sweet baby.  I got to spend many beautiful hours rocking him, burping him, and cuddling so Barb could get some stuff done, or just take a shower. She kept thanking me for helping out, and I kept thanking her for sharing.  I would love to share some of the ridiculously cute pics I got of Bubby, but I didn’t ask Barb if I could, and I don’t feel right sharing pics of other peoples bebes.  My friends in the band, Reilly, who live in the Philly area, also welcomed two new babies into their families recently. I got to hold 1 week old, Vera Noele, and was a little sad that it didn’t work out for me to meet 2 day old, Suki An, but they had just brought her home the day I was flying out.  Next time I see them it will be summer, and all the babies will be SO much older.  Our friend Sarah came over with her baby, S, who is around 14 months old.  It was baby heaven for me!  So many babies to cuddle and love on!  I will miss that.

Barb and I got to have lots and lots of time to talk! It’s nice that her kids are little and while we were taking care of them, we could talk and encourage one another in our struggles and joys of life, without their little ears being tuned to everything you say.  That’s one thing about kids (especially teenagers.) They listen to everything you say when it’s not being addressed to them.  We even got to watch “Inception” one night with Barb’s husband after B went to bed.  We had a lot of fun talking and laughing together and reminiscing our early years as friends in middle and high school. I am SO blessed to have a friend like her!  Someone who has known me for that long, and we can pick up like we don’t live states away from each other.  We also had the time to color each others hair, and decided that while these are the best years of our lives to date, we will fight the gray hairs. She is so dear to me!

I’m home now.  Back to the world of teenagers and getting calls from work (we go back on Monday.)  It’s been a great 2 weeks off!  I don’t feel at all ready to jump back into our normal school-year routine.  My sleep schedule is way off, and I’m sure next week is going to be hard.  Really hard.  Oh, and it’s snowing.  I’m still in my new purple owl jammies, and not showered or ready to go anywhere.  But, the kids have a birthday party to go to tonight.  Sigh. Back to real life.  At least I had some “oh meal” for breakfast and had a good smile and laugh over the memories made this past week!

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