Wes and the kids went to a youth conference in Portland, OR. They left early Thursday morning - like 5:30 - and will be home now in a couple of hours. I've only been lonely at night; I hate going to bed alone! But I've stayed busy. I didn't realize just how much of a mess my house really was until I was the only one in it. And why is it so much easier to clean when no one is around? So I've gotten some good cleaning done, although I didn't get to a decluttering project that really, really needs to get done.
Thursday I spent the day making phone calls (one to my dad, which was overdue!) and getting the school stuff ready to mail to the teachers. I practiced a bit with the cake decorating - I'm lousy at writing! That's going to take lots of practice. On Friday I did my grocery shopping, mailed the kids' school papers, paid a bill, went to Michael's (they had a 50% off coupon!), and took my time doing it all. There was no pressure to get back home! I cleaned out my fridge in the afternoon - ugh! Then a family in our church had me over for supper last night. I enjoyed the time with them as we ate and watched a movie. It was Not Without My Daughter, with Sally Field, about a woman whose husband forced her to move to Iran with him and held her hostage there, and her escape with their daughter. I had heard of it, but had never seen it. Today I did some more cleaning and extra laundry. Everything is all nice, clean, and shining. Just waiting for the family to get home. Then it will all go back to normal! LOL
I do enjoy these rare times alone. They don't happen very often! And while I enjoy the quiet and the chance to do things at my own pace, I'm looking forward to seeing my husband and children, and having all three of the kids trying to tell me everything that happened all at once, and going to bed tonight with my snoring husband. I'm thankful for the down time, but I'm ready to roll again!