Wednesday, August 19, 2009

I'm back!


Whew, it's been a wild couple of weeks. Having my little grandson and daughter here for ten days, driving them back to Portland, and then flying home has been busy, busy. You really forget just how much time and attention a toddler requires. I will be finding things for weeks, I know. He is fast and cunning! :-)

As for my daughter, I could tell she needed a break. A break from her life, which has all the trials and tribulations that this economy can throw at her. I know they will be fine, but it's hard to watch your child not smile much. The first really genuine smile of pure joy was when she emerged from the cold water of Lake Tahoe, after her first swim. I could tell she was focused solely on her senses, not on her problems. A beautiful smile of pure happiness.

She took the opportunity of having built-in babysitters and went out with friends some of the evenings. These are the kids she went K-12, and through much of college. They know her well and they had great fun, as it's been several years since they've seen each other. Laughter is very good medicine.

But now we are all back in our places. I have been doing some really interesting reading, which I will share with you over the next few days. I have an idea for a book I have been threatening to write, which I think could be interesting. So all in all, the break has been good for me, too. I have thoroughly enjoyed catching up on your posts. You are an amazing group of writers, and I am always inspired by you.

So what's new with you?

27 comments:

Leah J. Utas said...

Breaks are good. I'm looking forward to finding out what you've been reading.

GYPSYWOMAN said...

hi nancy! so glad to see you're back - and sounds like you had a wonderful time away - in more ways than one - about your little g'baby and re-directing things - when my oldest little g'baby was just a toddler he loved playing with the brass leg tips on a duncan-phyfe table of mine - you know, they were shiny, the table wasn't, so they captured his attention - and his taste - he somehow managed to remove them one and "hid" it from me - i won't tell you how many years ago that was, but it wasn't just a few - and i'm still looking for that brass piece! but great stories to pass along to all the other little ones - your daughter is beautiful - as is baby - great photo - thanks for sharing all -

Expat From Hell said...

Pleased to hear that you had some quality time with your family, and now your quality time (like mine) is taking a shift. Please stay in touch, and I promise to do the same.

EFH

Jeff D'Antonio said...

Welcome back. I'm glad you were able to give your daughter a break, it sounds like she really needed it. Best wishes to her with whatever trials await her back home.

Jun Bullan said...

All of us needed a break from time to time. And as for your daughter, I hope she will be alright.

CrazyCris said...

Welcome back! Sounds like that was some fun family time! It's the one thing we really don't mind putting our regular duties on hold for, isn't it?! :o)

Hilary said...

Welcome back.. it's good to refresh. :)

Meeko Fabulous said...

Welcome back! A book by you?! Sign me up! :)

Herrad said...

Hi Nancy,
Lovely post thanks.
Came by to say hello and wish you well.
Hope you are having a good day.
Love,
Herrad

The Good Cook said...

Nancy,

Welcome back, it's so good to "see" you again. I can't wait to hear about the book idea... how exciting is that???

Brian Miller said...

welcome back, breaks are always good for rejuvination...exciting to hear about the book idea!

Jeninacide said...

I am totally into your book idea. You should keep on with the developing of it.

On an unrelated topic: Could you not have found a more flattering bathing suit pic? I mean, Come On. Where is the one of me smiling?! ;-)

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

breaks + babysitters = happy mommy! we need to take care of ourselves so we can take care of everyone else! great post!

Reya Mellicker said...

I think you could guess that I'm making plans for my trip next week. I am so excited!!

Sunnyside?? I forgot all about it, but it sounds perfect. Wooooo hooooo!!

Glad you were able to allow your daughter to catch a break and glad you're back to posting.

"Threatening" to write a book - love that.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Welcome home! Sounds like you had fun and are ready to get down to work with the book idea. Good for you!

willow said...

I'm looking forward to the grandchildren stage, but it's not on the horizon so far.

Glad to have you back in the bloggyhood!

Phoebe Miriah Kirby said...

I'm so glad your daughter found my blog. You both are my favorite blog friends.
Traveling alone is stressful! I can't even fathom how tough it is with a toddler!

lakeviewer said...

Good times. Now, it's time to settle in for the long months of gray and wet ahead.

Sarah Lulu said...

Welcome back.

How wonderful you were able to give your daughter some much needed respite and renewal.

Your grandson looks adorable too!

Kay said...

Sounds like all was enjoyed and much needed! It's refreshing to hear the perspective of the parent with grown child, coming into self. so much more insight than that of the 'child' living it...beautiful.

Silvia said...

Wonderful. I missed you.

robert said...

Just 'returned' as well, as he woke up after having a dream. Returning too he will tomorrow to the playground, which is nearly his alone during this month, as most people are still away on holiday.
Sun will return soon as well, being now close to half past three.
Seems as if 'return' is a beautiful word - as nice to see your return.

Allie said...

Welcome back! I'm glad you had a good rest - there can never be too much of that when you have a hectic life. I've never been to the lake, and I'm happy that you had fun.
So, what are you reading? =)

Marguerite said...

Welcome back, Nancy! Nice pic of your daughter and grandson. She really looks like you in this photo! Glad that you had a good break!

Linda Pendleton said...

Glad to know you're back home and I look forward to your upcoming blogs. :-)

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

It is so good to get away from the vigor of life and rejuvenate our bodies and minds. Glad you could do that and so happy your daughter could gain that inner smile!

Pat said...

Everybody needs a change of pace once in awhile. It was good for your daughter to get out and be "free" for a little bit, and for you to spend time with your grand child. Now everything is back to the way it was. Whew! Welcome back!