22 June 2009

They're Baaaaack!

The last two weeks have been, well, weird.

Two weeks ago, I was all Holy crap! The kids are leaving in a week! I have to wash clothes! And pack! And run around in a tizzy, freaking the hell out!

One week ago, I was all Holy crap! The kids are gone! For ten days! Spackle walls! Iron curtains! Clean carpet! SLEEP IN!

And this morning? I woke up nauseous, not wanting to drive two hours to the north Georgia mountains to get the kids. I felt rotten and I'm sure it was a combination of nerves and of not drinking enough water the night before while out gorging on BBQ in the 104-degree heat. I was missing the kids terribly, but I was having a really good time rediscovering my life before kids. I wasn't sure I was ready to jump back into motherhood.

But I soldiered on (with the assistance of some dry-heaving, MickeyD's fries, and iced tea) and got vertical in the car. Luckily for me, Ty-man was completely understanding and took it easy up the mountain. I was wary about seeing the kids, wondering if I would truly be happy to see them, wondering if they would remember us, and recalling that the past week together as just Heather and Ty was so very nice.

And then we walked through the door, into the kitchen, and rounded the corner of the dining room. And there they were, all smiles and giggles, shouting Mama! Papa!, and tripping over their words as they excitedly told us about their week with Grandma and Grandpa.

We drove the Gator!
We fed the tadpoles!
We went on a hike!
We played in the sandbox!
We ate at Pizza Hut!

And on and on. And as I touched their faces, smelled their hair, and listened to their sweet, sweet voices, I knew I was so very glad to be there. So very glad to be their mother. And so very glad to be with them after a long absence.

They're home, in bed, and sleeping peacefully. My life is complete again and I'm happy. Those days of just me and Ty will return again far too soon and for now I will cherish these all-too fleeting moments of my precious children.



A Free Man said...

Sleep in. God that would be so good. But I know what you mean about having them back.

Molly's Mom said...

I completely understand! Mine just came back from a week at the in-laws being spoiled rotten...but her little spontaneous hugs and "I love you, mommy" have made her being home alllllll worth EVERYTHING. Even labor and delivery.
Although I didn't have as much fun sans kid as you did, dammit!

Miss Britt said...

You know why I love you?

Because you unapologetically said "I wasn't sure I was ready to have them back."

And because I knew you'd get all squishy when you saw them. ;-)

Not Afraid to Use It said...

Glad they all made it back in one piece. It's great for your peace of mind that they can be with family and have a fun and healthy time, and still be overjoyed to see you. You are definitely raising them right.

metalmom said...

"Those days of just me and Ty will return again far too soon and for now I will cherish these all-too fleeting moments of my precious children."

For all of my bitching to the contrary I was slapped by this reality this weekend. My eldest bought a house and will move out.

Enjoy those beautiful kids!!

Lynda said...

Your kids are beautiful! Sounds like you had a great time.

pipper said...

I bitch and moan about my kids with their yelling and screaming and "being kids" but when they aren't there... I hate it. I miss them after about 10 minutes. Kids, eh? What can you do? Hard to live with 'em, harder to live without 'em.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

A Free Man - Sleeping in? Was awesome.

Molly's Mom - Fun? Oh, it wasn't all fun. Like "Holy crap! The paint doesn't match!" That kind of sucked. :)

Miss Britt - Love you, too, hon!

NATUI - I hope so!

Metal Mom - Oh, hon. I know that your oldest getting that house is a blessing and a sadness, too. Sending many hugs!

Lynda - Thanks, hon!

Pipper - Exactly!

Trukindog said...

So your sayin you like your kids ???
What are you some kind of freak? ;-)

sybil law said...


Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Trukindog - Oh, honey. I'm a Superfreak!

Sybil Law - Total awwwwww.... :)

Avitable said...

Britt stole the gist of my comment, so to avoid repeating anyone, I'll just say "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."

Ashlie- Mommycosm said...


You've inspired me. My family really wants to take the kids for multi-night sleepovers this summer and I hold back because "they're not ready." The truth is, they'd be fine. It's me that's not ready. Gonna do it.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Avitable - It was a total freaky Force disturbance. The Ty-man had a hard time getting his lightsaber to function properly. 8)

MommyCosm - Dude. You soooo need to do it. They'll be fine. And so will you. :)

Gypsy said...

Aw, how precious are they? So precious.

Coal Miner's Granddaughter said...

Gypsy - Thanks, hon!