Thursday, July 19, 2007

Meanwhile, back at the ranch. . .

While Dan is still away on business, and Joe is dodging typhoons, earthquakes and tropical storms in Japan, Luke and Em and I have had j u s t a b o u t as much fun as we're going to have with one another this summer.
The novelty of eating out has worn off. Granted my budget and their culinary tastes don't allow us to do much beyond the usual sandwich and hamburger places. Last night, we stretched and went to a really nice pizza place, with a salad bar, pizza buffet and little t.v.'s at each table. As I sat, vowing I would never eat pizza again, the two of them argued about what show to watch on the little TV. It was a fun time.
We've seen every PG movie that's been released this summer, and Luke has seen every PG-13 movie that he's certain involves NO ROMANCE or yuck like that. We've reached the maximum allotted sleepovers that I can stomach. We've worn out the carpet in the youth section at the library and claimed our prizes for the summer reading program. We've stayed up late and eaten popsicles on the back porch until our tongues are deep purple and red.
The two of them can't wait for Joey to get home so they'll have someone else to blame for the dirty glasses and empty yogurt containers that mysteriously appear on the coffee table. I can't wait for Dan to get home so there will be someone else in the house who doesn't whine about what's for dinner, take pleasure in changing the channel when others aren't looking, and can drive himself wherever he needs to be.
Tonight, we're invited to a friend's house for . . . pizza. But it's okay. Because there will be other kids there for mine to swim with and then play pool. And I get to visit with my girlfriends and count the days with them until school begins. And tomorrow. . . Dan is home, and it's one week until Joey gets home.
Life is good.

10 comments:

Xandra said...

All I can say is LOL! Glad to hear that your partner in crime will be home soon....

Becky said...

I can't believe it is almost time for Joey to get home. Is the summer really almost over???

Your post was funny. The things we will do to entertain our kids and keep everyone busy. And how old they get so quickly.

I remember the days when I was so glad to see school over for the summer, then shortly after so looking forward to when it would start again.

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Karen said...

Well, now I've seen everything. If the telemarketers don't get you, there's someone leaving ads in my comments! That's what the deleted comment above is about. I guess that's why people use the sign-in method for comments?

Lynne said...

Karen - Summer is just too long!

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kim said...

Oh Karen---I had to giggle at this latest entry by you! I have so-been there-done-that! It is amazing how kid's behavior is so universal. Hope you have a good time eating more pizza. :)
*smiles*
Kim

kim said...

Forgot to mention earlier that I am looking forward to your childhood home post on Friday. I think I will need to write mine tonight and post it early before I go to work tomorrow. Happy writing and remembering.
Kim

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Sounds like a really busy summer, but lots of fun going on. I know you'll be glad when all of your crew is back home. Have fun at the pizza party :)

Hope you guys have a great weekend!!!

gail@more than a song said...

Too funny! Sometimes we all need a change from each other I think. Hope you enjoyed pizza again!

Candace Salima . . . the LDS Nora Roberts said...

I laughed out loud. I am in the same boat. I, however, am preparing for 6 of our nephews and nieces (9,8,7,3 and7 months) to come stay with us for a week. As my husband and I are childless (not by choice) we are very excited. However, I sat down and religiously considered activities and routines for every day. While I know children tend to blow routines sky high, I'm determined I will not be a crazy woman by the end of the week. I'm also so excited I can hardly stand it.

You've give me ideas for my week courtesy of a sweet sister and heaven. I can't wait!