Sunday, September 28, 2014

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

Ok, we didn't go to market, but we ARE home again. And talk about your mixed feelings. What I wouldn't give to be out on the beach this morning. But if we hadn't come home, I would have missed a spectacular day yesterday. So when it's all said and done, I'm so glad to be home.

We planned this trip with the Ts' swim meets in mind ... their first YMCA meet has always been in mid-October, so we thought we were clear to be gone for two weeks.  As it turns out, they registered for a USA Swimming event to be held on Saturday, September 27.  I was so awfully disappointed at the prospect of missing an event, but I knew that our 2 weeks away was already a compromise with DH who wanted to rent the condo for a whole month, so I consoled myself that this was not a YMCA meet, that it was a small meet with about one third of the number of swimmers, that their team wasn't sending any swimmers to this meet (the Ts would be swimming independently), and that they had entered only to try to make some A and BB times for the 2014-2015 swim season.  If any of you are really interested in learning about the USA Swimming times, click HERE.

Thursday evening, DD and I chatted on the phone ... and she shared the T#1 was seeded first to win the meet.  :-o  I was heartbroken at the prospect of his winning the meet without his Nana and Papa there to cheer him on!  When I shared the news with DH, it didn't take long for him to suggest that if we packed up that evening, we could hit the road Friday morning and be home that evening ... in time to be at the meet Saturday morning.  I just love that man of mine!

We left Hilton Head at 6:30 AM (EDT) and made it home by 7:30 PM (CDT).  We were beyond exhausted, but it was worth it ... although we both vowed that we would never, ever make that drive back home in one day again!  ha!

We got everything out of the car and into the house ... where now a full day and a half later, everything is still packed up and waiting ... because we had to be on the road again at 6:30 Saturday morning to be at the swim meet venue (over in west St. Louis County) ... where the Ts did extremely well!  T#2 dropped some significant time on all her events and made BB times on a couple of events.  And T#1 made A times on a couple of events AND finished first!

Now that we're back home (I've been up for almost 4 hours now ... that's more awake time than we had Friday evening and all day Saturday combined!), with nothing on today's schedule, it's time to unpack and get settled back in.

I'm hoping to be able to even get a little time in the sewing room ... I'm anxious to get back to work on T#1's spiral log cabin.

And speaking of grandson quilts, yesterday afternoon I asked T#3 what colors he wanted me to use when I made his quilt.  He wants it black, white and gray.  He doesn't care how "I decorate it" (IOW, what pattern I use), and long I use black, white and gray ... and only black, white and gray!  ;-)  If his mama is on board with those color choices, it's time for me to start shopping for some fabrics!  And to be thinking how I want to "decorate it".  <vbg>

I hope that whatever you have planned for today includes a little something that brings you joy! Have a great day!


  1. Welcome Home! Glad you made it back for the meet. That unpacking will get done - no rush for you retired folks! I can't wait to see how you DECORATE the black, white, and gray quilt. I love kids terminology! ~Jeanne

  2. Hi Kathy, Welcome home; truly there is no place like home, especially with grands close. Glad you had fun at the beach. Fall is definitely in the air here in Co.
    Hubby and I went over to see one grand whose birthday is today.
    Have a great day!
    Hugs, Noreen

  3. There is no place like home especially when you have so many special reasons to be home.

  4. Welcome home--glad you traveled safely. : )

  5. Wow, aren't you glad you didn't miss all that! How exciting! Looking forward to how you will "decorate" that quilt! LOL

  6. Glad you made it safely back home and that you are enjoying getting back to your at-home life.

  7. Wow I am so impressed you made it and didn't miss a thing. That is a bunch of driving. I bet you were glad you were there.
    What a sweet grandson you have.
    I like how he picked the colors.
    I hope you got to rest today. So glad you are home.

  8. How cute! I will think of "decorating" my quilts from now on LOL!!! Glad your trip was so nice and I know you are glad you could come home in time for the meet. Now you can have the pleasure of looking forward to next year's vacation!

  9. Welcome home! I can't believe the two of you made it back in time for the swim meet! That was a lot of driving, but, worth it, I know :)

    I don't know about the weather at HH, but, here, just two hours away, it was cloudy the entire weekend--Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

  10. Sounds like you've had a busy weekend, but I know it made you happy to see you T's swim meet! Black, white and grey -- that could be really cool! Looking forward to see what you come up with.

  11. welcome home! I get home tomorrow - like you I will miss some of the places I have been but it is always great to get home. I have missed my older daughter although I of course loved going to see the other daughter and the grands as well.

  12. Sounds like a lot of driving! I hope you are rested up now! I look forward to seeing how you "decorate" the gray, black and white quilt. Grandkids are just so precious!

  13. Welcome back, Kathy! Traveling sure can take it out of you, can't it? I always say I need a vacation to recover from my vacation!

  14. Well you have me in tears. What a sweet thing to head home and watch them swim. You are the best grandparents and you were able to see T#1 win first place....way to go!


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