Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Home Sweet Home

12 days, 2,152 miles, and we are home. And we are tired. Alice has spent much of the day just like you see her up there on the sofa. We had a good trip although a bit bittersweet. Mom's doing well in the nursing home with lots of day trips home over the next few summer months. It's a good compromise for now. My son is almost to his final destination in Afghanistan, a command outpost on the border of Pakistan. According to him, the mountains are spectacular. The rest of it, not so much.
The graduate! We could not have been happier to see Sarah finish her RN to BSN degree. She's pretty darned over the moon having reached this mile stone. For the first time in 4 years she'll have a summer off from classes. Then it's off to graduate nursing school in autumn. Oh to be that young again and that full of energy.

Speaking of energy.....It has been exactly 22 years since I spent a day at the zoo with a 2 year old. I had forgotten just how fast they can move. We got to spend a lot of time getting to know my son's girlfriend and her daughter. We had family meals with them, my daughter, and her boyfriend, we watched cartoons that I've never heard of, we played ball with the dogs. We forged new family ties and made new family memories.
But there is just nothing like sleeping in your own bed with your dogs snoring in their beds. I've missed my studio and I must admit, I've missed my quiet time. It's good to be home.

16 comments:

Beverly Herman said...

Welcome home LeAnn we missed you!

TesoriTrovati said...

Welcome back, LeAnn! What a wonderful trip! And yes, 2 year olds are exhausting. Congrats to the grad. That is just wonderful news and I love that picture!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

mairedodd said...

welcome back! so glad you got to have all of that family time... i am guessing your daughter would like to be a nurse practitioner? i love the ones i deal with for the kids - they are the best! get some rest, then have fun in the studio!

sharon said...

I missed you LeAnn! Congrat's to your daughter...WOW!! I will keep your son and mom in my prayers, and I am glad it is all going well. Sleep well!

sundownbeaddesigns said...

Congrats to your daughter! So nice to visit with family but home is nice too. Don't you wish you had the energy of a 2 yr old some days? I know I do.

The Joy of Nesting said...

WELCOME HOME WELCOME HOME WELCOME HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh dearest little sister you have been soooooooooo missed. I can't wait to read your wonderful blog comments throughout Bloglandia!!! You always leave such beautiful smiles with your visits!!! :)

You did good sister making all kinds of wonderful fun memories to have and charish!!!! What will RN daughter's graduate studies be in?? As always dear friend I keep your son in my thoughts, to remain safe in body and soul.

OH GOSH is so good to read your voice!!
Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Greer said...

Welcome home, we have all missed you.

Judy said...

Welcome home LeAnn, I know how nice it is to sleep in you own bed after traveling. Congrats to the new RN, and lots of positive thoughts to your wonderful son.

stregata said...

Welcome home,LeAnn! Best wishes for all of your loved ones. So nice to hear from you!!!!!!

Prairie Emporium said...

Good to have you back and glad you had a great time.

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Gardanne said...

Welcome home! Is your daughter going to be a nurse practitioner? I was an RN many moons ago.

windrock studio said...

What a beautiful, full life you have!
I found your place a short while ago, enjoying your adventures in the clay world.

Sweet Pea said...

I'm glad you had fun! That's awesome your daughter graduated, there have been so many graduations in our family this year...

sasha and max said...

Welcome home LeAnnn after so many miles!! I love your photos - your dog's pose says it all - there's no place like home :) Vicki

littlewrenpottery.co.uk said...

It always feels good to be home. I've not been to a zoo for years, thats one happy dog!