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Monday, February 27, 2012

Real Life Account of How I SURVIVED Last Weekend

Playing Worship with Calalia

Snowboarding a few weeks back!
Elasta Woman
The Kids Having a Serious Poker Game
Archer and Friends
Art Dog and My Honey Visited The Space Needle During Their Trip

Well its been an interesting couple of weeks! We had an exquisite lady visit our home. She is a friend of The Archers. She had dinner with us, played worship music with the kids, shot guns with the guys and hung out with us in the hot tub. A girl who can shoot and talk about overseas missions with me is rare indeed ;-) It was a lot of fun and I hope she comes back. We also had a great day snowboarding last Monday!! I am super thankful to Goat girl for watching the kids :-)
This past weekend was a dark one indeed, or rather I thought it would be. My husbands boss asked him to come to an aviation conference with him in Seattle. I started out the week with terrible horrible dread. Of course I wanted him to go and knew it would be a great opportunity for him. I just hated to see him gone. I can get horrible separation anxiety. After about a day of foreboding, I spent the next few evenings teary. Soon terror and horror had set in. I was really really wondering how I would survive the weekend sane. Finally I got a genius of an idea. His bosses wife is going to be home by herself too - right? Right. So I decided that we should have a girls night of movies, pizza, chocolate and fun. Then I invited myself over and held my breath. Well she liked the idea so the plan was on!!
Saphara decided she would be making pizzas rather than buy unhealthy ones and she also planned out a decadent torte. It just so happens that they have a home schooled girl just her age and they get along perfectly. Super Catman was excited because they have a boy that is just a bit older who is lots of fun to play with! Art Dog planned to go to the conference with his dad. The Archer was planning a much needed weekend at home. Miss Moonbeam would of course come along on our girls night. There was much anticipation and planning as we spent the entire day on Friday packing and cooking. There was no time to worry about separation anxiety and soon Friday came and went without me freaking out. SELAH.
Saturday there was horrible snowstorm and the power was out, but we weren't changing our plans and so we braved the foot of snow on the roads. We had a whole itinerary of things planned out before we went there. Miss Moonbeam was entered into the towns "Happy Tot" contest. The kids got to go see the house we are buying. That was pretty special too. They were very excited and I was relieved that they all were happy and loved the place. None of them wanted to leave it as they said it "felt like home" and they "felt God there". I was relieved...... With all the running around, I didn't think TOO MUCH about my husband and Art Dog's absence....
We arrived their beautiful home. The thing about their house is that you can't be there without feeling inspired. The whole place just speaks of creativity. Out almost every room, you can see this amazing panoramic view of mountains forever overlooking a beautiful river. Its just amazing. There is a movie theater in the basement and it was hilarious fun to watch chick flicks down there. Super Catman had a heavenly PlayStation experience too ;-)
They are so much fun to visit with. We are completely opposite of them in personality, but just kind of click. Saphara is kind of bold and outgoing. She doesn't mind chaos, while her friend, Emerald, is sweet, quiet and an intellectual sponge. Its kind of the same with us moms too. In honor of my friend "Elasta Woman" being my cartoon super heroine friend, I have decided to name this friend after a super heroine too. As long as she doesn't care she's going to be "Kim Possible" because she's one of my favorite cartoon heroines and I can see her getting a lot done just like good ol' KP on the show :-) So as I was saying, we all had a really super fun time and it never occurred to me for long that my husband was way off in Seattle.......
Being that our chick flick night went on to about 1 or 2 am, when I stumbled out of bed for church the next morning, the only thing I could think of was "coffee". I wandered upstairs and peeshawed the idea of being polite where coffee was concerned. Coffee just has to happen - right? I neglected to put on my glasses and so my eyes hallucinated that the bleach bottle under the sink was the trash can where I dumped the old coffee filter and grounds - lol!! Saphara was mildly embarrassed and Emerald was a bit shocked, but recovered fast and directed me to the beans seeing that the nature of my mission was of the "no turning back" sort. Saphara suggested I find my glasses before proceeding, but there was no time for such drivel. Coffee must happen. At any rate, being so focused on coffee, I forgot all about not having my wonderful husband to make breakfast for....
Church was amazing! It was the best service I'd been in in a very l-o-n-g time. It was the kind of place you'd feel forced to assume some growth. I decided right there that I would have to visit here again. After that we all went out for lunch. By the time we got home, I was rather exhausted and took a nap, forgetting all about fretting over my husband not being there and besides, he'd be home tonight!!
Now I had put on face book back that Friday that I was surviving with my husband gone and that it had been a full 3 hours. Somebody got on there and told me they had to go a year and a half while her husband was overseas in the military. Then I started looking over my friends list and discovered that many of my face book friends had to suffer much longer than I with their husbands gone for various reasons. I began to feel very small and silly indeed. The idea of posting how many hours till my husband returned home every 6 to 12 hours of the weekend seemed rather, uh, ridiculous. I really and truly would survive just fine. In fact, I should be thankful that I didn't have to endure what so many other women do. With that I decided to be thankful and get busy. Soon I was cleaning and organizing and packing. Before I knew it, HE CALLED and he was only a few hours from home!! I had made it through the weekend without bawling once, moping around depressed, or even throwing a big hissy fit.
Around 11pm, my dear, wonderful son Art Dog walked through the door glad to see the life he was used to seeing followed my dear husband!! I flew into his arms and told him how traumatic it was not having him there ;-)


Mamma has spoken said...

Yep, absence makes the heart grow fonder. Glad that you had someone to help keep you company.
How's the house buying coming? Moving date set yet?

Mama Bear... .. . said...

I enjoyed stopping by and seeing what you've been up to! I can too, have separation anxiety when my husband leaves town, but it's amazing once we distract ourselves HOW MUCH FUN WE CAN HAVE! Praise God!

Loved the photos!