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May 29, 2012

Did You Miss Me?

As you already know, we've been out of town all weekend. It was a necessary, bittersweet journey. Our hardwood floors were in desperate need of refinishing so that meant the kids needed to be out of the house for a few days. Memorial Day weekend seemed to be our only opportunity, so we grabbed it. My sweetie started sanding things down early in the week. That meant the house was pretty torn up all week. We had to have everything off the floors! That meant cleaning out the hall closet and the floor of the pantry. After a couple of days of sanding, masking, and sanding again, he was finally ready to pour. The first light coat went down on Thursday and we all slept in the basement with the doors closed.

All ready for church!
On Friday, I packed up the kids and left for Grandpa's house. My sweetie would join us on Saturday after he made the final pour. I'll spare you the details on that because he actually has a funny story to tell...

When we arrived at my dad's house, everything had been locked up tight for a while. The house smelled kind of funny and the kids were a little nervous about staying there. It was hard being in town with Grandma gone. This was our first Memorial Day when we would have to decorate her grave as well. We aired out the house and decided on a huge sleepover in the living room. The kids all spread out their sleeping bags and pillows. We ate hot dogs out of a cooler and played board games and read stories.

The sleeping on the floor thing was brutal and early in the morning I sent my sweetie a text asking him to please grab the air mattresses before he hit the road. We ate bowls of cereal and then headed off for the Memorial Day parade. We mostly enjoyed it except that the wind kicked up and blew sand and grit into our eyes and made things a little miserable. Scout was thrilled to catch a Frisbee that was thrown from one of the floats. It hit a girl in the head and while she was a bit disoriented, Scout snatched it from the ground. She probably should have surrendered it to the other girl, but she was so excited to be the winner, that I just didn't have the heart to make her do it. Besides, the other girl didn't seem all that upset about it.

After the parade we ate lunch and then joined the festival. Is it just me, or are festivals all about spending money? We were a little disappointed about that. But we all piled back into the van and I took the kids on a driving tour of my old high school and some of the other sights they hadn't seen.

My sweetie finally showed up around 7:00 and we ate dinner and ran to the local WalMart. My sweetie is all about Redbox, so we got a movie and headed back to the house to watch it. We made popcorn and just enjoyed being together.

The air mattress made the second night much easier although it still wasn't like my bed at home. We had committed ourselves to attending church. It didn't run as smoothly as I had hoped. I saw a few people I knew from years past...remember I've been married for nearly 29 years. I even saw a couple of girls I went to high school with. I guess we are all grandmas now.

We made the rounds of the cemeteries on Sunday afternoon. We stopped at six, but drove by several others. I love the family history stories we share on those outings. It gave me a few good topics to blog about. Then we joined up with my MIL for a sandwich and more stories.

One more night at my dad's place and then we were on the road this morning. I had all the kids in the van with me and my sweetie hung back to do a few home repairs for his mom. We got home around 3:30 and began the huge clean up task. The hardwood looked great! But there is still so much to do. We can't move the piano or the major furniture for at least another 24 hours, so everything is still a mess.

I hope you all had an awesome weekend and maybe you got a chance to visit a cemetery or two...or six...

11 comments:

Natalie Ockey said...

It was good to see you down at the Ockey home! I'm impressed you survived all those nights in the house.

Natalie

LeAnn said...

It looks like I commented on the wrong post. Oh well, I am brainless today.
I loved this post too and you should really celebrate that sweet daughter of your's accomplishments.
Of course, I know you already did that.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Aren't air mattresses the best (at least, compared to bare ground)? Hope you love your new floors!

Arkansas Patti said...

Sleeping on the floor is only fun for the very young. You managed to make it a great week end anyway which is what counts. Hope things are back to normal soon.

Carrie said...

Sounds like a good weekend besides sleeping on the floor. Thank you for sharing at Happy Family Times!

Dog-Walker said...

Good thing you never told them how I felt of sleeping on the floor. That would've been sad for everyone online.

MaryAnne K said...

Okay, now I want Dog-Walker's perspective on sleeping on the floor.

Your wood floors will look amazing, all re-finished - but wow, what a project!

Anonymous said...

I slept one time in our marriage on the floor, but I really did not I got up and slept in a recliner, my back hurt me toooo bad and I was a lot younger than you are, we had no air mattresses and I could just get a wink and boom my back went out, I got up and got my blanky and slept in a recliner, it was wonderful, love your blog, you will so appreciate your brand new flooring!

Crystal Pistol said...

I would like to get wood flooring at my place. Our carpet is getting gross with the kids and dog tromping about. Wood would be so much cleaner!

Looks like you had a wonderful weekend. :)

Happy Whimsical Hearts said...

Great idea to have a camp out on the floor (although shame it didn't quite agree with you)! Sounds like it was a bit of a bittersweet mini break for you, but necessary and worthwhile.

Take care, and thanks for sharing on Happy Family Times!

Marci said...

I know this post has been up a few days, but I've hardly been on my computer lately... too busy watching the National Spelling Bee. I read this post on my phone soon after you posted it, but commenting on my phone is a beast.

I really did miss you! Whenever there is a day that you don't post (which is super rare) I begin wondering if you guys are all okay! Glad to know that you were just out of town!

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