Who knew recovering from a vacation could be so hard? Here’s what my week has been like since I got back:
Sunday: church. It’s supposed to be a day of rest but with all the meetings and such, somehow I always end up feeling more tired. I will enjoy it quite a lot when our 1:00pm church time switches to 9:00am next year. It’s harder to get ready on time, but all over by noon and then ah, sweet nap!
Monday: The kids and I were at the zoo till mid-afternoon. They had a special show with Rachel, Alex and Leah from Signing Time there. We went last year and loved it, and the show this year was wonderful, too. It was lots of fun to meet Rachel again and get pictures with her. She is accomplishing so much good for children and families. If you haven’t seen her DVDs, check out Signing Time at the library or on channel 9 for Utah folks, Mondays and Fridays. Anyway, we were very tired after that show, a picnic lunch, the bird show, and some walking, so we came home.
Tuesday: This was DataMark’s annual Lagoon day where they pay for all the employees and their families to go to Lagoon, enjoy a catered dinner, and have prizes. This year John got some more free tickets so we took our friends Josh and Susan with us (and their two sons). It was a lot of fun and this year for the first time the kids and I went to Lagoon-a-Beach. The kids thought it was beyond cool and loved playing on the water swings, water slides, tunnels, caves, etc. John showed up and we changed and did some more rides, then went to dinner. Bran was all upset that he didn’t get to do any roller-coasters yet…last year he’d tried them for the first time and loved it, much to my chagrin/worry. He did really enjoy going on the big pirate ship and the Centennial Screamer, my favorite ride, and the Music Express with Ciara and me. Oh, and the big swings. Susan stayed with Nia and her boys on the kid rides while we did those, and Josh and John were off together. That new roller coaster “Wicked” looks very scary!!
After dinner (someone got so green from scary rides that he threw up in the bushes…I won’t mention names, but it was an adult and not John 🙂 ) Ciara was brave enough to try the Bat, and she said it was fun. Then Josh and I watched the younger kids and Ciara while Susan, John, and Bran went to ride all the scary rides. By the time 8pm rolled around I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. It had been non-stop action for weeks and I hadn’t had a day to rest. On the way home (Susan and all the kids were in my van, Josh and John in our car) I was either too tired or too busy talking (or both) and missed the exit off I-215 to get on highway 201 and accidentally ended up in Midvale. Consequently, we didn’t get home till after 11. It was a fun but very tiring day!
Wednesday: cleaning/unpacking all morning, yearly midwife check-up in the afternoon. Susan so kindly offered to watch the kids and I was so grateful that I made dinner for her family when I got back (she even cleaned my house, too!! What a friend). Don’t you just love it when you drive half an hour to get to the doctor, arrive a few minutes early like you’re supposed to, and then you sit and wait for an entire hour past your appointment? At least I had my phone and was busy sending and receiving text messages from my dad, Kaari, Kaatia, and two friends. Between that and the magazines, I didn’t get too bored.
Wednesday night I also went on visits with the Relief Society presidency. I feel bad that I wasn’t much of a conversationalist towards the end–my vacation tiredness was catching up once again and I felt my eyelids drooping by 8pm.
Today: delivering some things at 10, then a much-needed trip to the library. We stocked up on books and movies. Have I mentioned lately how much I love the library? It is one of my favorite things about living in Salt Lake. They have awesome libraries with a terrific system where you can order just about any book, movie, magazine, CD, etc. and it will be delivered right to your closest library. It’s beyond great. If I could go to the library every day, I would. (I feel the same way about bookstores.) I’d had to return everything before the trip to Wisconsin in case something came due and I couldn’t renew it online, so we were sadly in need of books.
[Quick interjection here: speaking of books, if you like fiction, particularly young adult or children’s novels like I do, you should read the Twilight books by Stephenie Meyer. The first one is Twilight, the second is New Moon, and Eclipse just came out two weeks ago. I haven’t read it yet (shocker!) because I was in Wisconsin, but John ordered it for me from Walmart.com Monday night and I can’t wait till it arrives this weekend or next Monday. (If you go to Barnes & Noble you’ll pay about $19 but Walmart is offering it online for $9.97 plus a small shipping fee.) These books are about vampires and–wait, before you dismiss them, give them a chance! They are SOOOOOO good, and the author is a BYU graduate and has good, clean books–they are beyond exciting, romantic, etc. They have it all. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love them after reading one.]
So anyway, back to today: we got home from the library just in time for me to make Bran wheat-free waffles as he’d begged for and feed the girls, then pick up Nia’s friend to spend the afternoon here. Tonight I’m sure I’ll crash again at 8 and go to bed early. Tomorrow we have absolutely no plans so it should be a nice, relaxing day. Saturday there will be a “pony meet” here so we need to clean up the back yard and mow the grass in preparation. In case you are wondering what on earth a pony meet is, stay tuned! 🙂