Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Happy Day

I had a special errand to run today, so I took the day off from work. 

It was a beautiful, unusually warm December day. I popped in a Focus on the Family radio drama CD, set the car to cruise, and headed north. Three hours later I pulled into O'Hare International Airport, terminal 5.

I got there a little early, so I enjoyed a few more chapters in my book and some people watching. When the flight status changed to "landed" I had to work hard to stay in my seat. I knew it was going to take some time to unload the plane and get the luggage. When the status finally changed to show which exit that flight was assigned, I jumped up to try and get a front row "seat." And then I waited, and waited, and waited. Every time the doors opened, I scoped out all of the faces in the crowd. I was so excited to finally be the one on the other side of the ropes welcoming my people home. 

Pretty soon, I felt a little poke in my back and turned around to this cutie patootie....

The airport told me which door the flight was exiting, but it did not tell the passengers. International J and Princess Ballerina came out the other set of doors and I wasn't there to give them the "Rock Star Welcome" I had planned. But they found me!




It makes me happy to have them in the same time zone. The rest of the crew arrive next week after school gets out on break. 

And look what they brought with them...


My cup runneth over! Friends and Chocolate! 

And if the day could get any better, I also received two more gifts from International J's parents AND one of my vball teammates. They know me so well!



Now I just need to work on my self control and see how long I can make these last. 
International J suggested I share the Duplos with my co-workers. My original answer was "I don't think so." Now, I think I will compromise and share my "happy pills" instead. 


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Side notes - 
The bag of Yorks from my teammate was "payment" for mending a pocket he ripped in a pair of his volleyball shorts. I was impressed he remembered I like these. Maybe I talk about "happy pills" more often then I think.

Tonight was position night for our fall/winter session. We were tied for first. Our captain just accepted a new job in Chicago and this was her last game with our team. We really wanted to pull out a win for her, but sadly we only took 1 out of 3. But thankfully, they were 3 good games. 

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Friends home to visit, fresh chocolate and happy pills, and volleyball....maybe I should change the blog post title to Perfect Day. :)

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Update with photos from International J's camera.

Princess Ballerina's limo came equipped with some of her favorite snacks, books, an ipod with Princess Sofia songs, and a wrapped gift she got to open. She enjoyed the new Usborne doodle cards for a little bit, but eventually she decided she needed her beauty sleep and took a nap.


When we arrived at grandma and grandpa's house, she was all smiles again!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A quick list

1. Madrigal - C

My niece was in a madrigal. She sang a solo and appeared in several of the skits. I'm so proud of her.




2. Surprise compliments
I attended C's performance that was held during the day for her classmates. Following the performance, one of her teacher's approached me to just let me know she loves having C in her class. Those types of compliments are the best, in my book.

3. H1 turns 2

H1 had a Mickey birthday party. He loved playing with the balloons and the 3 big boys and 2 big girls who played with the balloons too.

He got the hang of ripping open the gifts with his daddy's help. Like most kids he didn't want to open more gifts, he wanted to play with the one he just opened.

4. They took my toys

But the toys got handed off to the nearby helpers to get the packaging open. Two-year's old don't understand silly packaging. 

Next time, I am going to take my gift out of the packaging ahead of time.

5. H2
Baby brother loved all of the activity and guests at the party too. 


6. Graduation
My dear friend E, has been working hard for the past 9 years on her bachelor's degree.....while working full time. She graduated this weekend and had a little party to mark the occasion. It was fun to catch up with her family and meet several of her work and local friends. 

7. Family tradition
We have a family tradition of taking a group photo every Christmas. This year my mom (and probably dad) won't be with us on Christmas day. Mom is having shoulder surgery on the 23rd. So we took a quick photo during H1's birthday party. The gift's had just been opened, so the kids were not so excited to be pulled away, but we were loosing light quickly. 
We couldn't remember whose turn it was to line everyone up. Little J decided it was his turn. His original plan included the two babies sitting on his and C's laps. But the babies started crying so they got whisked away to turn their tears into smiles. 

After I got home I had to study last year's family photo. I think it was really C's turn to do the line up. We better start writing this information down.