Sunday, April 11, 2010

Things I Learned While I Was Away...

I'm back! It was a rough week filled with lots of tears, but I have arrived back home to Leo and the girls. It was wonderful seeing everyone on my Dad's side as well as my family, although I truly wish it were for a different reason altogether.

When I arrived back home late Saturday afternoon I thought about all of the things that I learned while away and ultimately decided that I wanted to share them with you all {aren't you lucky, hehe!}...so here they are--what I learned while away:


~I realized that while away from my laptop that I wasn't stressed about anything. Amazingness! No reviews to get up, no giveaways to draw, no posting on my blog...it was unreal the clarity that I had in my head for these days.

~Listening to my Grandpa's eulogy I realized just how truly lucky I was to know someone as amazing as him. I already knew this, but there is one phrase that stuck out above the rest: "He never met a stranger". I always knew how kind, loving and funny he was--but I never thought about it in terms such as that. It was apparent to me just how truly amazing he was when I saw how many people showed up for his visitation and funeral. He truly made a difference in many, many lives.

~I finally saw that *gasp* Leo can survive a few days alone with the girls...although he did look exhausted when he picked me up from the airport--he claims it was from Netflix movies and XBox 360 games keeping him up late. Not quite sure about that....ha!

~I bought a CUTE pair of leggings from Kohl's while in Indiana--they are amazing. And I love them and cannot wait to buy more.

~I saw firsthand that I didn't need to snack 24/7--I managed to come back a couple of pounds lighter than when I left. Pretty sure that it will come back from eating all of this Easter candy that was waiting for me at home...

~I realized that I can do a lot of reading while I am away from home and my laptop. I finished one book and started another. Pretty sure I am going to be reading--or trying to make more time do so--a lot more now.

~I couldn't believe how rested I felt when waking up in the morning...pretty sure that was due to nobody crawling in my bed or crying for a bottle throughout the nite. I can't remember the last time I felt so amazing in the morning!

~I realized that there is nothing better than Square Donuts. If you've had them before you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. My favorite are the maple frosted with creme filling. Omg. Delish....


Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts during this hard and sad time in my life. I'm off to start through my massive amount of posts in my neglected Reader....wish me luck!

20 comments:

Heather B. said...

So glad you made it back safe and sound. Sorry for your loss again. Just know that he is dancing with Jesus!!! xoxoxo

Shell said...

Oh, sweetie, I was thinking about you while you were gone and saying prayers. Love you!

Megan said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa! I'm glad you had a nice time with your family though and were able to feel refreshed, although you were away for sad circumstances.

Brittney said...

glad you made it back safe and sound :)

I felt a lot less stressed & overwhelmed today when I made it a point to stay off the computer until night time.. WOW right? lol!

Anyway again, im sorry for your loss & hope things are going well

Heather said...

Glad you made it back and I am so sorry for your loss. Lots of love to you.

Amanda said...

Those are some pretty good things to realize :) I've had to step back from my blog a bit for the same reason ~ I had to backtrack to remember WHY I started my blog and get back to that reason. Ever since I've done that things have been so much better.

Bombtastic Belle said...

Those are some good things to come back to :) I do the same thing when I blog, I get so wrapped up in it (when I actually write, but I do have 2 of them, lol) or reading everytone elses. Sometimes I just have to takea step back - like a did for the past few weeks - and just decompress.

We 2 Bee's said...

It's always wonderful to gain perspective and rest! Glad you were able to do some of those things! Sorry for your loss!

Lindsay said...

aww some wonderful things you learned! Sounds like your grandfather is someone I would have wished I had meet. However, I will in heaven and understand! Gotta love getting a full night of sleep!!

Melissa said...

Try not to stress too much about reading all the missed posts. Seriously... that alone stresses me out just thinking about it!

It is interesting how when you are away from all the "responsibility" and "demands" of your children, life, and blog that you can find a lot of peace from the relief.

Good luck getting back into the swing of things...

- Melissa

The Mommyologist said...

This is why I love you...you took a very sad situation and found the positive in it. Sending you hugs and thinking of you...wish that I knew you IRL!!

Much More Than Mommy said...

I'm sure the time was very bittersweet, glad some good came out of it and that you got home safely! (And that your man survived being on his own with the girls!) <3

Formerly Gracie said...

The Internet is a great place. My presence on the web has been spotty lately, but just when I needed the most love and support from my community, it didn't just rain. It flooded!

I hope you feel all the love pour down on you, too! Hugs!

Erin said...

Glad that you are back with your family now, and even though I know you were sad, It sounds like you are well rested!

Kmama said...

Welcome back. I'm glad your time away did you well.

Those square donuts look delicious!!

DeAnn said...

Your so blessed to have known your grandpa! I never met mine and the year I was going to go see him, he passed..so unfortunately I never met him..family drama.. it's amazing the things you learn when you leave home but im sure Leo and the girls are really happy your back! love ya girl!

Krystyn said...

Hugs, hon. Totally thinking about you these last couple days.

Glad Leo survived with the girls and you were able to celebrate your grandpa's life.

Working Mommy said...

So glad you're home safe and sound! Thoughts and prayers are still being sent your way - from this part of the bloggysphere :)

WM

Megan said...

So glad you made it back safe and sound!

Messy Mommy said...

I was away from my computer over Easter weekend and it was definitely a breath of fresh air!