Monday, March 7, 2016

A Visitor in My Own Home

The last time that we traveled and stayed in Mexico, we put all of our belongings in the garage and I didn't step foot in the house until we came back home. This time we left everything exactly as we had it with the exception that I cleaned out my closet so my mother would have somewhere to put her clothes. What I didn't realize was that my mother was going to bring every single houseplant and move them into our living room. Seriously, when I walked in the front door for the first time, I felt like I was in a green house.

But let me rewind one day and finish recounting the story of our return home for a visit. Now where was I? Oh yes, it's 7:30pm Idaho time and we are passed out asleep. Ms. Mia wakes up at 1:15am and grabs her Kindle and goes out on the couch to play quietly until I wake up at 4am. A fast shower with Mia and we are back out on the road within a half hour. The girls are passed out in the back seat  with the rising sun right in their faces but they don't awake until we stop for food. Breakfast was some bottles of juice and muffins from a gas station. Our second breakfast was McDonald's on the Washington/Oregon border and we only had a couple more hours to go.

One of my sisters mentioned to my oldest daughter that she was going to have a mystery visitor. So my daughter called my mother of course and told her that she thought Erika was coming with José. The last three hours of the trip were just ruthless as my whole surprise slowly fell apart. We finally arrived back home just before 2pm and we hid in my sister Kara's espresso stand and waited for my mom to show up for the surprise. When she pulled up to drop off my nephew, everyone ran out and the reaction we get: her mouth wide open and that's it. Justin on the other hand said "pinch me so I know I'm not dreaming." When we drove home, the girls went next door and there we finally got the reaction that I had hoped for. The neighbor girls burst into tears and started screaming in joy when they saw the girls, that was perfect and I captured it on DVD.

We had exactly ten days at home to fit in as much as we missed as possible. That meant rollerskating with friends, sleepovers, Mexican food, our favorite restaurants, visiting with friends, and catching up on life in general. Our dogs were so happy to see us when we walked through the door. Rocket and Boi kept jumping up and down and yipping in this high pitched bark around my feet. It's nice to be so loved! It's a kind of puppy love that never ends. José paid for a one week pass to his old gym Snap Fitness so he slipped right back into a routine. I returned home with a very long shopping list and José wanted to ship things to the store in Mexico. We created a bucket list of what we wanted to do while we were home.

So between all the activities and catching up on friends and fun, we were doing a lot of shopping. I had offered to pick up a few things for my professors and friends. I planned to take full advantage of the fact that we got four free suitcases and carry-ons for the return flight.

  • Rite Aid Valentine's candy
  • Oreos
  • Fruit cereals
  • Instant oatmeal
  • Rosarita's refried beans
  • Eye drops for allergies
  • Ranitidine
  • NuGo protein bars
  • Fruit pancake syrup
  • Water flavor drops
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Whole grain brown rice
  • Vanilla almond granola
  • Max Muscle protein jugs
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Top Ramen
  • Macaroni and cheese (Kraft  & Annie's)
  • Pecan pieces
Rollerskating with friends
Dinner with family at Johnny Carino's
Slushies at Sonic-they opened one right across the street!
Jamba Juice with all three of my girls
Swimming with friends
Going tubing at Hoodoo Autobahn
Watching the Good Dinosaur at McMenamins
And we can't forget the Slurpees!

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