Saturday, April 5, 2008


I feel as though I have finally caught up on sleep from my trip. I like to have a day off after vacation to recover, clean up the house, do laundry. Nothing stresses me out like a messy house. But after getting home on Sunday - completely exhausted - I went right back to work Monday. I feel like I went through the week in a bit of a daze, but today, and after a mad cleaning on Thursday, today I feel like myself again.

This trip home was one of the best I had in a long, long time. It was unhurried, unstressful, and Sophie was a peach. After a difficult Christmas, this trip was what we needed. The only thing that would've made it better was if Roy came with us, but the cost of flights was just too prohibitive.

We've been video chatting on Skype with my family for about a month now and as soon as we got off the plane and mom did the freaky thing she does with her mouth EVERY TIME we video chat, Sophie smiled and knew exactly who she was.

I swear, I was filled with warm fuzzies all weekend long.

There was lots of piano playing.

and I got this outfit for $2.25 at the Etc. Shoppe. Man, I miss that place!

Mom, Ella, and Sophie played and played and played. And Sophie and Ella shared very well except for the singing monkey and the basketball. Those were highly popular toys!

Leftovers from Easter. Sophie loved wearing these ears.

and I love the expressions on the girls faces here. So representative of their personalities. Ella is happy and giddy, Sophie questioning and curious.

The window on the landing of stairs was a popular, popular place.

I don't know when we'll head up north again, and that makes me sad, but the warmth of this weekend (despite the, "that wind is in a hurry!" wind) will last quite a while.

(as an aside, I can't recommend Skype highly enough. This free video service is the perfect way to stay in touch with the people you love when they are far away.)


Anonymous said...

The girls are looking awfully cute. Too bad you had to include that picture with Bix in it. I hope you enjoyed Schmeckfest and am disappointed I wasn't able to experience it this year. Say hi to everyone in Kentucky for me.

Claire said...

When you said that your mom does something quirky with her mouth every time on Skye, I laughed. My dad does quirky stuff with his grandkids,too. Must be the Bixel genes kicking in, eh?

Rae said...

Aren't vacations with family wonderful? And tiring! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time -- what precious memories!
(I am seriously overdue on an email for you... I promise, soon!)

Leigh said...

It looks like it was a beautiful trip. Lovely pictures!

Nikki said...

I'm glad you had warms fuzzies all weekend. Those are the best!

Rachel said...

When home is good, it is SO good.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I at least got to lay eyes on Sophie in real life. Too bad we didn't get a chance to visit a bit - but you know the evil looks you can get if you hold up the line of people that are waiting to schmeck!