How was your homecoming? Were the kids beside themselves to see you? Did you bring them loads of divine goodies? I bet Jonah is already calling for you at night?
A few days before I came home, I started calling myself 'homecoming queen' on Twitter. I was all about the homecoming. I was so over America and travelling and being away from my family. All I wanted was for it to be finished and and to be home.
I arrived home to an entire bedroom makeover, a painted kitchen and a slightly re-done bathroom - all Scott's handiwork. Clean floors, organised cupboards and incense burning. It was heavenly. The children were asleep, so it was all about me and Scott.
That night, Jonah woke up as he usually does, and came through to our bed. He hesitated in the doorway, probably confused about who exactly it was in the bed next to dad. I smiled at him, he took a long look at me, threw his arm around me and fell fast asleep.
The next morning, James and Hannah woke up. I heard Hannah tell James in a theatrical whisper that "mommy's home!". They both came to the bed with big grins on their faces and hugged me. It was perfection.
The day was spent in a blur of jet lag. When the children came home from school, we unpacked my luggage. Hannah is now the proud owner of a pair of High School Musical pajamas from Macy's in Durham, NC, and a princess dress from the Disney Store in Chicago. James has a cheapie digital camera from Walgreens in Urbana, Ill. and a Bakugan T-shirt from Target in Durham, NC. Jonah has a pair of blue camo pants from somewhere in Illinois (I forget), which he's dubbed his 'cool pants' and a Ben Ten kite from Target in Durham. The list of gifts is fairly endless, but those were the bigger ones I bought.
And is Jonah calling for me at night again? Yes, oh yes. Probably by night 3 he'd made the switch back to calling for mommy. Which sucks in a way, because I'm no longer getting enough sleep, but kind of wonderful too. It's good to be called 'mommy' again. As much as I enjoyed being my own person, I also relish being the mommy.