Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Visiting family members

Last week I had a relatively unexpected visit from my youngest sister, her kids, and my Mom. The visit went well, I have to say, but that was probably because it was brief. Here are the beautiful kids:
Now you can see why I'm so crazy about them. The oldest is 8, and the two younger ones are 11 months apart -- the girl is the older of the two, and will be 2 years old in July. Her younger brother weighs 1 lb. less than her, and is nearly as tall as she is. He's going to be a big man when he grows up. Both of his parents are tall, so I imagine he and his sisters will be as well.

I don't know what to expect from this move, so I'm trying not to have expectations at all. My sister has called me a few times since being down at my Mom's, and I take that as a good sign. She tells me that my mother is driving her nuts, again, but she claims that she understands that she just has to put up with it until she gets her own place. She had a job interview today, but I haven't heard how that went. This was something my mother found for her, which was part of what drives her nuts -- Mom tends to take over people's lives.

The funny thing is that Mom called me last week to say that she'd begun to read Melodie Beatty's "Codependent No More" and recognized herself in it. She said, and I quote "I don't know how any of y'all have stood me", referring to her always trying to tell us all what to do with our lives. I guess she needs to read a little farther.

Tomorrow morning hubby and I leave for the Northern Virginia area. There we'll visit his son, ex-wife, sister, and one of my cousins, as well as perhaps one of his friends there. The original reason for the visit is to take care of some business, which we'll deal with on Friday. Otherwise, the trip is just for leisure. I'm looking forward to seeing the people we'll be with, though I do worry about being overwhelmed. I plan to take as many precautions as possible and let hubby know when I've reached my limit, especially physically.

On the way back Sunday hubby and I will spend one night in Barboursville, WV, which is a suburb of Huntington. WV is a beautiful state, and I really look forward to seeing it during the late spring. I've only been through there once, but what I remember seeing was absolutely stunning in terms of natural beauty. I'm glad we'll have a chance to enjoy the state during a nice drive on a Sunday when we're not in a huge rush. Kentucky will be covered on Monday, and, as I recall, it was just about as gorgeous as West Virginia. All in all, this should be a lovely Memorial Day weekend.

I hope you all have a good holiday as well. Think good thoughts for us, please. :)


1 comment:

Dream Mom said...

I hope you had a great trip! I'll look forward to a recap in my mailbox:)