We put Superman on a plane yesterday (Friday) at noon PDT and he hasn't yet arrived back at work (right now it is 9:00 p.m. PDT the next day!). (How is that for some serious travel time?) It has been a whirlwind two weeks and, I must say, the best surprise I didn't mess up. (There were times I came so close to spilling the beans, it got to the point that I just stopped calling people.) We had so much fun with Superman and Superman had a great time being home. We didn't do anything special. Superman just wanted to hang out at home and do "home" things. We hit our favorite restaurants (we hit one of them twice!), we did projects around the house, and we just goofed off.
Even though there was work to be done and we seemed to be busy all the time, it felt like the most relaxing vacation ever.
We managed to get all of Superman's various appointments scheduled for one day so he could get those out of the way and out of his mind. Yes, you should picture me trying to make all these appointments without my children hearing me...I was quite the covert operator. He and the kids even worked with Mr. R. for a few days of the vacation...they had ball and Mr. R needed the help.
So, since he's been traveling back to work, we've been settling back in at home. We even got a surprise package shipped off to Superman right after his plane took off, so he'll be getting the package right when he settles in. The kids have the next week and a half to savor summer and then school will begin in earnest (we've been keeping up with math and typing and a little spelling all summer long, so it won't be horrible).
I've been getting caught up on laundry and cleaning. (I only put my finger in the proverbial dike during the vacation.) I've been catching up on some blogs (I've missed reading them) and I've been getting ready to post here again. So much has been going on and I have so much to share with you (hint: I asked Superman to teach me to use all his 'big man' power tools and he even bought me my own 'impact driver').
I guess we're finally learning how to be the family of an overseas contractor and that feels good. We're excited to see what the next six months brings us.
UPDATED: Superman's plane got in early (although, I did have to wonder how 1/2 hour really helped after 30+ hours of travel). Unfortunately, his luggage didn't get in at all. Yep, you read that correctly. Superman's luggage (translation: his clothes!) is lost somewhere between Eastern Washington and the Middle East. So far, they know it didn't make it on the plane in London (duh!), so now they have to figure out if it even made it to London. Fun times.