Just to catch up:
On June 6th we headed out to California, to my in-laws house to spend a few days with them. There was a big gun show that A, my brother-in-law, my father-in-law, and E went to. They got to spend some time drooling over armaments that we will never be able to afford. They had a catch and release fishing pond there and E caught a cat fish, but was too freaked out by it to get picture.
My mother-in-law and I went down to Huntington Beach Pier and walked around, M loves being outside.
A flew home on Sunday night. He lost his wallet at the airport (luckily he'd taken his Driver's License out of it so he was able to get on the plane). So I called around and cancelled all of his credit cards. While I was on the phone with the last company, the airport police called to say they'd found it. When my father-in-law went to pick it up, it had everything in it safe and sound, even the cash that was in there.
On Monday morning the boys and I drove up to my dad's in Carson City, NV: no small feat to drive 10 hours with two little boys and one adult, I did stop three times to let them run around a little bit each time. I hadn't been there since November of 2006, the weather was perfect and it was so fun to visit with my sister and brother, it was the first time my brother met M. There is a part of me that would love to like living in Carson City, I just can't bring myself to do it.
I also got to visit with one of my favorite people in the world, Becky. She is the friend that no matter how long it's been since you've seen each other you just pick right back up where you left off. She is a delight, and her daughter is a gem.
On Thursday I packed the boys back up in the car (thank goodness for a portable DVD player and a bag of Dum-Dum suckers) and drove back down to my in-laws to spend a few days before coming home. I was planning to come home on Saturday to make it home for Father's Day, but I got the 24-hour bug and was up all night, so I took advantage of being with grandparents and let them take my kids for the morning while I laid around and relaxed.
We came home on Sunday and have been trying to catch back up with real life.
It was really nice to get out of the heat, to see the people I love. And I was totally shocked by how good the boys were in the car, E helped take care of M, and the amount of screaming was minimal, I dare say it was a pleasant experience.