I decided to merge days 20 & 21 because that’s how they feel in my head. I encountered more challenges in Seattle than I did the entire vacation but we still managed to wake up at 3:30 AM and catch our 6AM flight home (via Chicago).
The kids were phenomenal flyers. They entertained themselves while I read an entire book from Seattle – Chicago minus about 3 chapters. I had brought a book, but then I realized at the airport that I had packed in a suitcase so I had no choice but to purchase a new one (oh damn. A new book.)
I read the last three chapters on the flight from Chicago – Buffalo very, very slowly… I didn’t want it to end. I never want good books to end but I also realized that once I finished, I was out of toys/entertainment. Luckily the flight was quick and the kids I chatted about how we were getting excited to be home!
We were greeted at the Buffalo airport by Grandma and Grandpa – yippee! BIG hugs all around!! We stopped for dinner and they drove us home.
One thing that I haven’t mentioned is that while the kids and I have been galavanting all over Canada, my parents were at our house working their butts off.
My Dad painted our entire basement!! (With help from Mom). This was incredible – my basement is about the most difficult room to paint (think stucco, fake hard wood, fake beams, bricks throughout the entire space!). The end result is outstanding!! I can not even explain how amazing it looks and what a HUGE difference it makes – the pictures don’t even do it justice) (Paula if you are reading this: They painted the fireplace – woohoooo!!!!!)
While Dad was busy painting, my Mom was cleaning my house. I’m sure I won’t list everything that she did but here is a glimpse: washed all my windows, cleaned the bathroom, cleaned the fridge, scrubbed the kitchen floor, laundry, washed all the floor mats, washed our duvets and all blankets, cleaned/organized the kids rooms…..). Holy crap – coming home to a sparkling clean house was so incredibly amazing.
And yes, I know I am very spoiled and that my parents totally rock.
Thanks Mom and Dad!!!!
The kids and I showered, got into clean pyjamas (we’ve been wearing the same pair of pjs for 3 weeks), and fell asleep quite instantly. We woke up about 12-13 hours later.
I have a couple more thoughts that I will compile into a wrap-up post but for now I’m going to relax and enjoy my clean freshly painted house.
PS – another big THANK-YOU to Sandra and her family for cat-sitting Lucy when my parents were not at our house. Lucy is not an easy cat to watch. She bites everyone. I’m quite sure that there is a picture of her somewhere with the warnings: Do Not Cat-Sit this Crazy Cat!! But nonetheless we was very well cared for – thanks!