November 23, 2009


Well, here I am. And what a great feeling! I had a long, but peaceful journey... complicated, though it was.

By the numbers it goes something like this...

36 hours from door to door
2 1/2 by car
11 1/2 by plane
3 countries
2 hotels
2 planes
2 cars
2 taxis
2 buses
2 shots of espresso

At the end a whole lot of hugs and kisses. I couldn't have asked for a nicer time away, unless of course my Allen was with me. Yet, it sure is good to come home.

I thought coming home a day ahead of schedule would be a wonderful surprise to the children. Surprised they were. But there were a few surprises waiting for me when I walked through the door after 2 this morning. New ceramic tile in the "foyer", Allen's new car, outdoor lights... maybe I should go away more often? How efficient the family is without me!

And it was not just changes around the house, either. Nathaniel lost a tooth, Aedan learned to ride his two wheeler, Elisabeth is talking up a storm of new sentences, Allen taught Brianna to hug like her Italian ancestors... I have a lot of catching up to do.

It took me only about three hours to get unpacked, my youngers bathed, breakfast made and the house up to a reasonable semblance of clean. That means that they did a pretty good job in my book.

It is now 7:30 Sunday night, and despite my husband reserving a hotel at the airport so I could go straight to sleep when my plane landed (we live yet another hour drive from the airport), I have slept only 5 hours since Thursday night/Friday morning. I will be spending the next day or so getting acclimated, rested and hearing all the news of what was going on in my absence.

So happy Monday and I look forward to seeing you all Tuesday while I get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends.

Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.
~Robert Montgomery


  1. Welcome home Kat! I am sure that your family is SO happy to have you home. Rest up and enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  2. Ah, welcome home. I know the "getting acclimated to home" feeling all too well since we have traveled in much the same way you did on numerous occasions.

    Your family did some amazing things while you were away, and I am very happy for you that you had the experience of Italy and all (Di, Ben, and Gabriel) that went with it.

    It's good to have you back. That sounds funny especially since you were closer to me in proximity while in Italy than you are right now. I guess it's really a blog statement. It's good to have you blogging from your normal station. :0)

  3. So glad you are back safe and sound. Sounds like Allen did a great job & that your kids were troopers too. Funny how a couple weeks changes those kids with missing teeth and learning to talk more.
    Welcome back.

  4. Welcome home but it was lovely following your italian adventure and getting a sneaky peek at how you do homeschool....if you fancy a scottish theme any time I'm game to take some photos for you!!

  5. Your heart probably swelled to busting when you saw your babies ... :} But what an adventure.