Friday, June 20, 2014

Hopefully, I'm in England by the Time You Read This, TToT Week 53

I am sitting to write this post on Tuesday at 10:00 am.  Exactly 20 hours before my plane to Toronto will be taking off.

All I can think to write is, "FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, WHO THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA FOR ME TO LEAVE FOR 10 WHOLE DAYS?!?!?!?!?"  10 days!  Do you know what it's like to get all of these children and a grandma and a husband prepared for me to leave for 10 days?!?!  Great googly moogly, the lists and the logistics and the packing and the everything.  This was a bad idea, People!

But, the moment my rear hits the seat, I will be just fine.  I'm going on vacation in Europe!!!  Who cares if a kid misses a soccer practice? NO ONE!  Is it really a big deal if I forgot to stock the pantry with peanut butter?  NO! My mom is capable of going to the store.  Will the children be scarred for life if they watch TV or play video games for 5 days straight?  Probably!

It's time to get my head out of the panic it is trying to fall into and get excited.

I have way too many things for which to be thankful to be focusing on the panic.

1.  I am thankful that the physical therapy worked it's magic.  I will be able to walk and have fun despite the traumatized knee. (I know, I've listed this every week for weeks now.  It's a super big deal!)

2.  I am thankful for my responsible kids.  I can leave them without too much worry about things going on here at home.  They will help my mom take care of the little boys.  They will take care of the animals and do laundry and help with the cooking and cleaning.  They will listen to my mom and not cause her the least bit of grief.

3.  I am thankful for helpful friends.  A good friend will be taking Turken to his baseball game on Thursday so Bryan can stay at work until normal time and get the last minute things done before he joins me in England.

4.  I am thankful to have the chance to meet up with friends in England.  Not only does Bryan NOT hold a grudge, he encouraged me to go early to have some fun with my friends.  I will be spending 2 nights with a friend whose family moved there for a few years for her husband's job.  We will be getting all fancied up to attend the Royal Ascot.  I'll get to see the queen.  And then, I'll be spending one night with our TToT creator Lizzi.  Her mom and aunt are hosting a tea for me, and her sister will be making "the best chocolate cake in the world".  We are going to have so much fun!

5.  I am thankful that I checked the weather forecast for London before I packed.  I was set to pack nothing but shorts and short sleeved shirts.  I mean, it's been 80+ here for weeks, and London isn't that much farther north.  Fortunately, I did a quick check, then called my friend in England to double check.  Yeah.  She has yet to wear a pair of shorts.  Change of plans! Jeans, sweaters, and a jacket are now on the list.

6.  I am thankful for Bryan's planning.  He has gotten the paperwork and passports all set, made all reservations, and looked into the best way to do things while over there.  He bought us London passes, which means free public transportation and free admittance to 55 different places in and around London.  Included in the 55 places are popular tours, like Windsor Castle, but also obscure little places, like Ben Franklin's house.  We're going to have so much fun, and I didn't have to do any of the planning for it!

7.  I am thankful for the couple who watches our animals.  My mom is not a fan of taking care of the animals and she has to have the kids at camp early each morning, so I asked our farm sitters to come in the mornings.  She is rarely unavailable, and I appreciate her willingness to help when I call at the last minute.

8.  I am beyond thankful for my mom.  I am thankful she is healthy.  I am thankful that she is willing to come take care of my kids for an entire week.  I am thankful for her personality and attitude, which practically guaranties my kids a fun week without us.  My mom was a fantastic mom while I grew up.  She raised us to be fun, easy-going, responsible and kind.  I learned so much about being a good mom from her.  I am thrilled that my kids have the opportunity to know her and learn from her and enjoy her company.

9.  I am thankful for my decision 27 years ago to join the high school swim team.  Back then, I never would have guessed that one of the boys doing synchronized warm-up laps would end up being my husband.

10.  Thankful doesn't even come close to expressing my feelings for that boy I met on the swim team.  Next week we will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  It is just plain shocking to me.  I still see us as that goofy, nerdy couple we were in high school.  Sure, there are 6 kids and a farm and an old house and jobs and responsibilities circling us, but in our little nucleus, we're the same.  I am going to have fun leaving that circle of chaos behind in order to simply enjoy my dear husband's company for an entire week.

(I've written a couple other posts about Bryan and me.  One with lots of pictures from the last 20 years and the other about our wedding day.  It has lots of photos, too.  Feel free to peruse.)

Alrighty folks.  Time for you to link up and tell us all about the good things from your week!

Have a lovely day!

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  1. Safe travels. I admire your pluck. I think I would have chickened out.......ok, I don't know if the theme of your blog is rubbing off on me or what the deal is with the plucking and the chickening,but...I am so happy for you that you are doing this! Hope you enjoy every, wonderful moment.

  2. WHOOT (too busy having fun with real you to type)

  3. Whoa! That is romantic! Congrats on your 20th, and here's to an eternity of love and bliss!

  4. I hope London turns out to be a lot warmer than you thought. The weather up here in my neck of the woods is currently very warm bordering on HOT and several days ago I swapped my jeans, t-shirt and trainers for shorts, vest top and sandals - and it's always warmer in London.

    I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and congrats to you and Bryan on your 20th anniversary :)

  5. Such an awsome post Christine:)
    It was great fun to see you last week in Kansas City with Dyanne. And this week we see you with Lizzi in her living room straight away across the ocean! Cool.
    Sorry about Bryan's delayed flight. Hope he joins you soon. In the meantime enjoy!! I can't think of anything more exciting than visiting another country especially if you have friends living there.
    Post some pics along the way!

    P.S. One of the very first posts I read here at the Coop was the one about your wedding day. Happy Anniversary to you both:)

  6. I think I speak for all of the TToT community when I say we are all so happy for you! (We're all perhaps just a wee bit jealous that we aren't there, too, but we are genuinely happy for you!) Have a great time, and happy anniversary!

  7. Just have a fabulous time. I know you will.

    Have a safe trip to and from Europe. :)

  8. Fantastic. I miss England. I would love to be on a plane right now. Yay for your Mom and Yay your knee is better. Have a lifetime of fun on your vacation. How exciting to meet Lizzie and other bloggie friends.


  9. What a cool place the 21st C is! What with the videographic telephones and the trans-oceanic jetliners...very cool.
    Did you happen to get a chance to mention the Doctrine to the Queen mum?
    Trust you will have a great time as scotts tend to make the most competent travelers*

    * not just my opinoon, there is a Wakefield Doctrine post that makes the case for the affinity your people have for such adventures.

  10. Happy anniversary to you and Bryan! Twenty years is something grand and far too rare today, if you ask me. I love that you said you're still pretty much the same, even after all the kids, farm, etc. I think that's probably what it's really all about - remembering where it all started.
    Glad the knee is working well - send some of that power to my stupid ankle, OK? And have a great time in England!

  11. 1. The PT has obviously done wonders. I would never have known you had injured it otherwise; you walked just fine at the zoo.
    4. I think this is the awesomest thing of all! You got to enjoy yourself without a bored husband hanging around. It wouldn't have been a good time for either of you, and other than Bryan's lost luggage (hope that shows up soon), turned out very nicely. Did you get a picture of the Queen?!
    5. I have a feeling their idea of warm wouldn't be so warm to us.
    6. Another awesome thing! I am the vacation planner at our house, although my husband is capable, since he did all the arrangements for our honeymoon 21 years ago and it was perfection.
    8. She did a good job on you :)
    9. That's too stinkin' cute!
    10. "Nucleus" is a perfect description! It is so valuable to get away from kids sometimes, even if you TALK about them most of the time, and just be that little nucleus for awhile.

  12. I hope you are having the time of your life! You so deserve the break and fun. Good for you for finding Mr Right early and having a great marriage!

  13. Happy 20th anniversary! And was last night the night? The night you met Lizzi? I hope you had so much fun and um, how was the Queen? The kids won't be scarred from watching TV while you're gone. Probably. ;)
    I hope it is SOOO FABULOUS! I can't wait to see the photos.

  14. LOVED seeing the pic from your visit with Lizzi!! What a beautiful fantastic idea to visit London and make an anniversary trip to celebrate TWENTY years!!! Good for YOU for leaving the rest behind, so you can be with your love!! I do hope you are embracing every moment of your trip!!

    I love your perspective on it all. You are such an inspiration Christine!

  15. This is so uplifting I don't even know where to start! Dear Christine, Have a GREAT TIME and Happy Anniversary!
    jean :)

  16. I hope you're having a great time Christine, especially with Lizzi! And it's not that cold here, honest!

  17. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Enjoy your vacation!!!!

  18. Happy Anniversary! AND have a great time in my favorite place on the entire planet! I am sooooo jealous (in the nicest sense of the word, of course) and look forward to reading all about it!


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