Monday, June 25, 2007

The Withdrawal has set in

Today marks the first "regular" day back to a routine after the trip to Poland.

Last week was spent actually getting home and recovering from jet lag, unpacking, and anxiously wanting to get back to normal. Chris, Caleb, and I had our official "end of vacation/last meal before returning to a budget" family date on Friday night. We went to Zaxby's and it was great to eat some good 'ole American Chicken Fingers. On Saturday, Chris tamed our semi-overgrown lawn and I picked up the house. Unfortunately, some friends of ours had to take their sick 2 week old baby to the hospital on Wednesday and were still there on Saturday. So, we spent a good bit of the afternoon visiting with them and then went to church. (UPDATE: Little Zeke is home from the hospital and is doing well. Other than being little stubborn in the nursing department he is back to normal.) Sunday was a wonderful "Family Day" spent just enjoying being at home and ended with a fun trip to Taco Bell.

Needless to say, nothing has been "normal" since our return until today. Chris went to work like usual. I have created my To-Do List and I'm working on that as usual. My time in Poland was a much needed break from routine. I guess you could say it was the ultimate break from routine. We weren't even in the United States. I had people all around me practically begging to take care of Caleb and wanting Chris and me to take off on our own. I was a part-time mom. We were surrounded by family every day. I never had a chance to really be alone, let alone feel somewhat lonely. Being surrounded by people and occasional help with Caleb were all things I yearned for before we left. Then I had my wishes for two weeks. Towards the end of the trip I was amazingly wishing for my regular, routine, slower-paced life.

Now, I am home with my To-Do List and feeling a good bit of withdrawal. I miss the people and I miss the adventure. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE being home with Caleb and tending to our home and family. But, how do you recover from the trip of a lifetime? I guess one day at a time everything will get back to normal and that normal will feel great.

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