Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Missing Home

On the 3rd of January, we loaded up our van with three kids, two adults, and all of our paraphernalia and made the long, 10 hour drive to my old hometown of Pocatello, Idaho. Besides the frightening fishtailing we did in the mountain pass, and our youngest one protesting loudly during the final two hours, the trip went off without too much of a hitch.

I've been trying to stay strong the last seven days while my husband was off in Vegas playing with cool gadgets and electronics at the Consumer Electronics Show. What a fun job he has, right?

Anyway, it hasn't been easy. My little ones have caught colds. I'm also sick. My 20 month old decided to pull an all-nighter the other night. It wouldn't have been too bad if he hadn't spent the night screaming and crying inconsolably. Poor thing. He's sleeping better now, so that's good. I'm trying to not let my cranky grandmother get to me. My mom lives with her and takes care of her, so for free room and board, I can put up with it, but it's hard. She yells at the kids- even if they aren't doing anything. She is losing her memory and gets confused and upset easily. I think my mom is a saint for all that she puts up with day after day. I joked around with my mom that she had better not be like Grandma if she plans on living with us when she gets old. ;) My mom doesn't have a working computer, so internet options are very limited(and I'm having withdrawals ;). Yesterday was my birthday, and my husband wasn't here to celebrate it with me. Aunt Flo did come for a visit, though. No wonder I've been an emotional wreck! I got a lovely burn on my hand the other day from the stove- right after my mom poured boiling water on her hand. I told her that I was trying to follow her example.

There have been some good times, too, so I can't say it's all bad. We have had fun hanging with my sister and the kids love playing with their cousin. I got to try out their WII fit, and I'm convinced that we need to add that to our collection. I have become addicted to Sudoku- thanks to my mom. My husband came back today and brought a bunch of fun stuff that he was given at the convention. He gave me a bluetooth headset for my birthday. I've been wanting one of those for a while. Now I get to look like a looney- walking around and talking to myself. My mom's 2 Great Danes and 3 Chihuahuas have been a great source of entertainment. So has the satellite cable. A lot more viewing options than we have at home with our basic. I'll have the opportunity to visit with my childhood friend of 27 years on Thursday. All by myself. No kids attached to me.

I really do look forward to heading home at the end of the week. Maybe not the long drive, but going back to the comforts of home. When we get back, I hope to add some pictures, but I won't make any promises because I have failed a bit on my blog recently!

Happy 2009 to everyone! Hope it's an awesome year!


Anonymous said...

Wow, that sounds like quite a trip! I can sure relate...sometimes visiting family isn't easy. God bless you and bring you home safely. :)

Ann said...

Happy Birthday a little late. I know about the driving. We had a terrible trip through the Columbia River George in December. As far as the cold in Alaska well I'm strange and I prefer it to the Palouse wind! Plus I grew up there so I hardly notice...

Cynthia said...

Sounds like a wild trip! Still, I know what you mean about it being fun to visit but good to get back home.

My hubs would be totally jealous of your hubs getting to go to that show. He'd love that! He hasn't been to or 'worked' a show like that since we went to Mac World in Boston with a start up company back in the mid 90's. LONG time.

Hope you all arrive home safely.

And I agree that your Mom is awesome to take care of your Grandma. My Grandma had Alzeheimers and it's not the best way to go. So tough to deal with their issues.