Friday, March 27, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Some of you may or may not have noticed my absence this past week. It turns out that I have been living my life instead of just blogging about it. Sad but true.
In a rather last minute decision, I went to Seattle to visit my parents. It was spring break for my husband, and so he didn't have to teach and could stay home and be the mom/taxi driver. I have been trying to get up to see my mom for the past 3 months. It was so happy that the stars finally aligned to let it happen.

Jared asked why he wasn't going with me. To which I rained on his parade by telling him that his coming would defeat the purpose of my having a break from being his caregiver.

I got there about Noon on Saturday, March 15th. My Mom and I went right to the Seattle temple to witness a sealing of someone in her ward. And the very special part was that my Dad was the sealer. That night, my Dad cooked a wonderful dinner of eggs with sausage, mushrooms, onions, and spinach. It was delicious.

I haven't been home for about a year and a half. My two week visit that was planned for July was canceled when Jared was in the hospital. My parents live in the same house we moved to when I was in fourth grade.

Some remodeling has been done, but the bare bones are the same. I wandered around and looked at pictures and remembered good times. It was also a very rare experience because I was alone. With seven brothers and sisters and 18 grandchildren, one on one time with my parents is not common. It was so good to have such great one on one time with both of them.

It came as quite a shock to wake up Sunday morning and see that it had snowed. I don't ever remember it snowing in March when I was a kid. Very strange. And cold.

Here is a not very glamorous shot of me and my mom. This was taken on my way to the airport. We are both still trying to wake up. But still it is documentation.

And here I am with my Dad.

And here is a shot of my airplane before I boarded it. Traveling by air is always so strange and surreal. I left Seattle where it was 55 and grey, and landed in Vegas where it was 85 and sunny.

And then less than 24 hours we loaded up the car and drove to Utah. But that will be a topic for another post.


Eliza said...

I'm so glad that you had the time to do that. What a treat!

Kristina P. said...

I love that you said that you're living your life instead of blogging it. Sometimes, I feel I spend so much time at the computer, I don't actually live my life!

I'm flying into Vegas tomorrow. Yay!

Smart Helm said...

So that's where u've been! How fun to go home and spend time with the parents.

I make my family come to me :-)

Allison Barnes said...

So glad you got to go home! I love that you had some one on one time. That is so nice. How is your mom?? I miss Seattle!!! I grew up about a mile from the temple.

Are you going to Women's Conference?? you don't have a count down this year...

Nutty Hamster Chick said...

Alison, according to my sisters, I am indeed going to Women's Conference. Tradition would tend to indicate the fact as well. I am still a bit uncertain as to what will happen in a month. My plan it to go. There is a chance that Spring Valley's spring play would be at that same time. Trent had a part in the play and so I would not be able to bear to miss it.

Marjorie said...

It was fun to have your visit! I love you!

Heidi Ashworth said...

I am one of 8 kids and a twin to boot (I try to get that phrase in whenever possible)so I know what you mean. Time with your parents all by your lonesome is totally precious! And time in your childhood home--what a treat!

April said...

How fun to have some time just for YOU! YOU deserve it! Way to take care of YOU.

Ahem.....I hope your trip to Utah isn't southern Utah...or you are in trouble missy!!! :)

The Crash Test Dummy said...

I love it! Your mom is so darn adorable. Who would have thought she was suffering from cancer. How is she, btw.

Welcome back. You sound so . . . rested.


Nutty Hamster Chick said...

April, it was Logan, but we did drive through Southern Utah. I am going back to Spanish Fork next week.

Kris said...

IT was so great to have you come!! Now you know my little secret, I get alone time when ever I need it. (oops I did not mean to gloat.)

Love ya

Shawna said...

What a nice trip. I know we can never runaway from our problems or worries but sometimes a change of environment can give us a much needed of perception. Your mom looks great. It may be all an act but at least she still feels good enough to put on a happy face.