It's the last week in May and this is my first update. It's been a busy month. Looking at the 2800 pictures(!!!!) and 35 videos from our travels is simply overwhelming. We left on Friday, the 11th of May in the wee hours of the morning (3:40am to be exact) by dinner time we were eating with great-grandma and Tina and Michael in Elwood, IL. We left for the farm on Sunday, Mother's Day and spent the week in WI. We left to come home on Saturday night May 19th at 8pm drove through the night and arrived at Nonni and Nonna's in time for Molly's graduation party by 1pm and her graduation ceremony on Monday.
Yes, your father and I are insane but somehow you and your sister were quite adaptable and flexible during the entire trip. During the initial 12 hour drive out to Illinois, Lucy was perfect for 11 1/2 hours and the last half hour was hell. We can't complain about that. You and Lu slept through the night as we drove back to Maryland. You both had your moments of exasperation and we had our share of meltdowns. But you also allowed our families to enjoy your presence and your spirit. Lucy was calm and you, Nora were an adorable ball of energy. You both loved to play and explore all the new places. I was generally impressed with how you both behaved and seemed to take in the experiences with curiosity and liveliness.
Yesterday we get back to Westminster and you both crumble and fall apart. Perhaps unhinged might be a better description. After traveling and meeting and playing and being tossed from this house to that one and sleeping in different places and completely off schedules. There was not one shred of normalcy. Then when we walk into our home last night at 7pm, you and Lu couldn't hold it together a minute longer.
So today was our first full day back in our own home and I thought you two would be relishing your time in your own space. But instead you both were cranky and over-tired and just plain unhappy.
Then your father came home and suddenly we were complete again. Lucy squealed in delight. You ran around jumping up and down like an excited puppy. We had a delightful evening making dinner together and hanging out with our awesome neighbors who took care of Stan and Lazer for us. I realized for the last 10 days all of us have always been together. We need to get back into our routine again. Ms. Patti's tomorrow, library, playgroup, grocery shopping, church. It will take a few days, I'm sure.
However, you both taught me an important lesson today. Our house is a place we live, our town is a place where we experience daily activities, our yard is a place where we imagine and weed, our possessions are things that entertain us. But. BUT. Our home is anywhere and everywhere the four of us are together.
I'm glad we could take our home on the road for a few days and bring love and laughter to our families.
Here are a few pictures that make me feel happy and renewed in a way that only the farm can do. Don't worry, I will do more detailed updates very soon.