Excuuuuuuuse me! for not posting in half a decade. I had to fall off the grid for a while, or else succumb to the demons of office politics, overwork, and constant obligation. Also, we went on a familial junket to Idaho. We're back now, and it's spring break, and I am only now bringing myself to check emails and post on this blog.
We got home, with both me and Eric having wicked sinus infections, and I slept a good fourteen hours. Traveling with kids is never not exhausting. But it was a great trip, for many reasons:
1. It's such a gift to spend time with the kids away from the responsibilities of housecleaning and work and toddler birthday parties and all the other things that keep us busy (and happy, usually) here in Denver. I felt like I got reintroduced to my babies, learned that Nolie knows a ton of words and that Addie has a wildly vivid imagination, mostly involving birthday parties, baby sisters, and princesses.
2. Seeing Addie and Nolie bond with all their papas, nanas, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Here's Addie with her Uncle JB:
3. Having absolute epilaughtic fits over the fact that Chuck Norris has two speeds: walk, and kill. http://www.chucknorrisfacts.com/. Thanks for that, Uncle Jade.
4. Learning that, right in the middle of dinky old Twin Falls, Idaho, is a beautiful gorge that has been carved out by the heft of the Snake River. How did I grow up in Idaho and never see this?
5. Getting a dissertation from Addie on the definition of "smooch": "It's a BIG kiss, mommy, like this! With a big smack and a squeak. No, like THIS! Bigger!"
6. Having Nolie race around Nana Debbie's house, chased by her grandpa, and yelling "No tickle, gampa! No!" Then dissolving into fits of laughter when he caught her.
7. Staying up late with my sister and her husband, pontificating on how hard it is to raise kids, and how they break our hearts every other second, and how it's the best thing in the world. I'm pretty sure I drank an entire bottle of Yellow Tail by myself, and then got rug burns ON MY FACE when I tried to show the kids some yoga breakdancing moves. Oh, well.