Saturday, January 6, 2018

It's so quiet around here

I imagine many of you have been wondering if I fell off the face of the earth. My apologies for being so quiet on the blog!

As you can imagine, it was busy here in the Lewis household over Christmas and New Year's -- but now it's quiet. Maybe too quiet? Both our daughters are now back in their respective jobs: Older Daughter in New Jersey, Younger Daughter in Illinois.

Having the girls home was wonderful. We didn't do anything special, but they were just so gloriously there, if you know what I mean. They were both able to recharge their batteries and head back to their respective jobs refreshed and ready to tackle the new year.

Mr. Darcy, of course, thought it was absolutely bliss having new playmates at home. He learned all kinds of new tricks we'll have to train him out of.

We took Older Daughter back to the airport on January 1. We took Younger Daughter back yesterday. No matter how festive they make the airport, it's hard to watch one's children fly away.

Don and I are used to a quiet household. After all, when Younger Daughter departed for boot camp last fall, we were by ourselves for three months. We adapted to being empty nesters quickly, in part because we're so busy.

But when the girls left this time, little things jolted me. Older Daughter sat in this chair with her laptop on the table. When she left, the chair was still pushed back. Jolt!

Younger Daughter left a pair of favorite ratty shoes in the living room. Jolt!

The tea strainers both girls use when they're home were left in the dish rack. Jolt!

Younger Daughter and I left the house at 4:30 am yesterday morning to get her to the airport in time for her flight. Then yesterday evening we had 20+ neighbors here for our weekly potluck. It's not like we have no friends around. But still, we miss our girls. I'm just glad they're doing so well in their respective careers.


  1. While I missed you I was sure that you were trying to get reacquainted with the daughters. I am very happy that both of the girls could be home at the same time so that the whole family could be together during the holidays.

  2. Patrice
    I am sorry to say but have younger daughter
    check into her vacation time. She is now 2
    weeks in the hole. They only get like 30 days
    a year and they have to earn year before they
    spend it. My husband was in the military for
    like almost 27 years. Now she has to earn that two weeks back and then then work another 2 weeks just to get her 30 days. It would be better now if she did not come home for at least a year or so.The same principal
    applies for going into debt. You sould not spent until you have the money. So also with
    the leave.When and if she gets out and she is
    still in the hole, she has to pay it back in
    when my husband got out he had 60 days on the
    books. So that helped with looking for a new
    job.Any way just a heads up

    1. Good catch!

      Actually, I've been told I probably won't be able to take leave again until next year anyway - the school schedule is pretty inflexible, so holiday stand down is really the only break in sight. Fortunately I had enough leave accumulated from boot camp and the month of December to only be in the hole 5.5 days, which should even out quickly enough!

      Happy New Year,

  3. They will be back before you know it...with husbands and your grand children in tow! Blessings!!

  4. My babies are still babies. Five littles and though I look forward to them being adults I dread it also. God bless you all

  5. So glad to hear from you.GAs afraid old man winter was working your countryside over. Glad you holiday time was excellent.
    Am headed south for a month or so. Stopped tonight about 200 miles north of San Francisco. Can't wait to get to Palm Springs as it should he about 80.
    The best to the Lewis farm. Take care.

  6. Our eldest left this September and came back for Christmas. It was lovely to have her home, yet it amazes me the time went so quickly and quickly we adjusted to four instead of five.

  7. So nice to see an update on your kids. You must be so proud of them as they continue on their lifes journey.

    We were fortunate to have two of our three kids at home. The youngest came home from Pullman. But this could be the last time he is home for an extended period of time. This summer he has a internship in Everett, working for a company in his field of study. Oldest daughter is with her husband in L.A. We do get to see the oldest son from time to time as he lives nearby. But of course he has his own life.

    Your golden is looking beautiful.