Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Back To Normal, Whatever That Is

Well we got the first born girl on the bus yesterday and she is now back at her apartment safe and sound and probably sleeping in. We almost had to go buy her another duffle bag to get everything packed up. I really should have taken a picture. The bulging bags were quite hilarious. Between all the paraphanalia that was given to her to take home and the stuff she herself bought, it was a pretty tight fit. Hey, that bottle of Tide and 2 packages of dryer sheets were a great deal I couldn't pass up. I stand by my purchase! And my mom said the same about the humungous jar of Cheese Whiz and PNut Butter and doesn't want her grand-daughter starving to death! And all those darn chocolate bunnies and packages of eggies, well, who knew they just take up a ton of room in those bags. But after locating a spare back pack in the house and much stuffing and re-arranging we got everything in. Everything! Now she just had to hire a crane at the bus depot to help her get it off the bus.

But much fun was had by all the week she was home. We were kept quite busy. I'm telling ya the story in descending order. Just to keep you on your toes. You'll get the Good Friday and Saturday chapter tomorrow. Easter Sunday morning, dawned bright and sunny, albiet very windy and we went to church as a family. Although I followed about 20 minutes late as I just could not get the bird into the oven on time. It so nice having the whole family together in church.

We had the whole family over for Easter dinner on Sunday so that they could spend some time with her. The table was groaning with all the food upon it as were we after we made a good dent in trying to consume it all. Yes, I went nuts with the variety and amount again. I was just going to do ham, but hubby and the visiting child prefer turkey so like a fool, I made both. Younger girl requested her aunt to bring her famous Cheese potatoes (Shortsies) but the visiting child hinted at her favorite whipped potatoes. And how many of you know you spend your time making sure you make that visiting child's favorite foods when requested no matter how much extra work it is. 'Cause you love that child. And miss them. And stuffing them full of what they like is how you show them you love and miss them. And you want to make sure they're not starving to death.

After dishes and walks, we settled in with desserts to watch the Celtic Thunder DVD cause the relatives wanted to know what all the excitement was about the great ticket deal. When all went home, full of food and good music and good fellowship, I settled in to watch Amazing Race. And another Easter was over. How greatly these family gatherings are anticipated and how quickly they are over with. Now we are stocked with ham and turkey for the rest of the week and I'll be perusing the cookbooks for 101 recipes for them. And missing my girl.

Tomorrow I'll let you know about our adventuresome Good Friday and Saturday. Like I said, we had a pretty busy holiday.

15 comments:

Islandsparrow said...

Glad you enjoyed the time with your girl - I can identify with all the baking and cooking to celebrate the homecoming child!

You have certainly whetted my appetite - in more ways than one!

Looking forward - or backward? - to the rest of the story!!

ellen b. said...

Sounds like your time was full and your daughter was full of good food too! My daughter always gets her fill when we come home or she comes to visit! :0) Looking forward to more of the story :0)

Barb said...

I'm smiling at all the stuff she took back with her. And I'm smiling at your double Easter dinner too. I've done that - cooked two huge things just to make everyone happy.

You shouldn't have to cook again for about a week!

Thom said...

It sounds like a splendid Easter. Moms always go out of their way for the visiting child. I know that when I go home, no matter what I want, mom does. Thank goodness for mothers...:)

Chatty Kelly said...

Glad y'all had a nice time!

Karen said...

Your holiday dinner sounds a lot like mine. Everyone gets his or her favorites. I'll bet your daughter just loved being home and felt very loved.

My oldest heads back home tonight. I'll miss him:( But it's been great having him home for 4 days.

GiBee said...

At least you can rest this week and eat leftovers! All moms want to please their kids! It's a good thing! A very, VERY Good thing.

Karyn said...

So glad you had such a good 'family time' with your girl!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I cant even figure out how to do a ham and sides that all come out at the same time still WARM. Do you have three ovens?!

nikkipolani said...

I'm not sure you needed to take a photo of the bulging bags -- what with all the stuff you loaded her up with, I can see it all :-)

And about lamb -- not hard at all. Try this recipe and go with about 13 minutes per pound when you get to that stage. http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/001720roast_leg_of_lamb.php

Jamie said...

Sounds like an absolutely wonderful weekend!

Much Ado said...

Your love for your family just shines through this post! Sounds like you had a great Easter!

gail@more than a song said...

A full and wonderful easter with family, that sounds like the best! I know you loved having your daughter there, those are always such good visits. And normal? I think I've decided there is no such thing, just a constant adjusting of our lives with growing and changing families and times. If that makes sense!

Sandy@ Jesus and Dark Chocolate said...

I think making that feast counts as a workout! :)
Isn't it nice to have the entire family together and enjoy church together Easter morning. Sounds like even though it was busy, it warmed your heart to all be together.

Barbara H. said...

Feeding people is definitely the love language of moms! Sounds like a lovely day!