Advantage taken

16 Sep

What a week.

St. Louis is hosting a church convention once again, so the hotel has been hoppin’.  The guests have been quite friendly and appreciative, and although there are SO many of them, it’s been fun having them stay with us.

Had it not been fun, I’m not sure I would have made it through this week.  I had two Sundays instead of a real weekend.   The first Sunday came on Wednesday, and if you remember, I spent that whole day baking lopsided cakes.  The second Sunday was today, Sunday, oddly enough.

And it’s been fantastic!

Link made the 8 hour trip home on Thursday to meet with his retina specialist.  He’s received 8 – 10 shots in his eye since being diagnosed with a disease I can’t pronounce, but this time, things seem to be holding steady.  He needs to be seen in 4 weeks again, but as much as I’d love to seem him every 4 weeks, it’s not practical for him to keep coming home, so we’re on the hunt for a retina specialist in Ohio.  Know of any?

Anyway, since Mario just had a birthday on the 12th, and Link’s 21st birthday is Oct. 1, we used this opportunity to go out to eat.  And we’re learning, with a family of 6 (4 of whom are boys with hearty appetites), breakfast is the meal to go out for.  Half the price of dinner!

Of course, we had to drag them out of bed for it, since I wanted to eat at the ungodly hour of 9.  But once they were seated at the table, it was So Much Fun!   We chatted, and exchanged stories, and cracked jokes while feasting on pancakes, french toast, bacon, eggs and hash browns.

Not wanting to say goodbye right away, we hung outside the restaurant, chatting it up some more.  And after a round of hugs, Chip went to work and the rest of us headed home.  We helped Link load a few more of his things into his car, and after a quick check of the oil and tire pressure, we said our not-so-teary goodbyes to him.  How can I be sad when I know how happy he is?

I gave myself permission to do nothing the rest of the day, but even so, I found myself washing my car, doing some laundry, and cookin’ up some chicken.  Hubby and I are heading to Florida Wednesday night, and since I work the days leading up to our departure, Sunday was the only real day to prepare the family for our absence.  Though a few $20s on the counter works just as well.

Even with a few chores added in, the day was glorious.  I’m thankful I had a day to enjoy the older boys, and I’m thankful we took advantage of it.  Mario said it best, “Now that they’re gone, I feel even closer to them.”  I think we all feel that way.


Posted by on September 16, 2013 in Everyday Living, Family, Parenting


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15 responses to “Advantage taken

  1. Rock Chef

    September 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    What a sweet thing to say! My daughter tends to say something like “Go away, nobody likes you!” to our older boy. She doesn’t really mean it, of course.

    Going out for breakfast? Not sure we could get everyone moving in time! The boys do far too much all night gaming….

    • shadowrun300

      September 17, 2013 at 12:58 am

      Well, I’m quite sure a few of them had just laid down to sleep when I woke them up to eat. But they were good sports about it, and we had a great time!
      Oh, and I should add that Mario never would have said that to the boys themselves. 🙂

      • Rock Chef

        September 17, 2013 at 8:06 am

        Probably not, but it is one of those great parenting moments when they show that they really do like each other.

  2. meleah rebeccah

    September 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I’m really glad they’ve found a treatment for Link to help with his eye condition. And hopefully he will find a specialist closer to where he lives now.

    I totally love going out for breakfast more than going out to dinner. It’s way less and usually even more fun!

    I’m thrilled you enjoyed an actual Sunday! And here’s hoping y’all have a fabulous trip to Florida.

    • shadowrun300

      September 17, 2013 at 1:04 am

      I don’t know if Link is out of trouble completely, but the prognosis is better now than it was when he was first diagnosed. And yeah, I hope we can find a great doctor out there for him.
      I LOVE breakfast out. My favorite thing is to take the motorcycles to breakfast, but we’ve only got to do it once this year. I hope to do this more often with the kids though. It’s a great way to get them all together!
      I can’t wait for Florida! It’ll be nice to be reintroduced to my hubby.

  3. The Thin Lady Inside

    September 17, 2013 at 12:51 am

    Hi friend! Still on vacation here and loving it! I am just stopping by to check on you! Happy you’re having a good time! You deserve it! 😀

    • shadowrun300

      September 17, 2013 at 1:05 am

      Thanks for checking in! I just left a response on your post, before I realized you had been here! So glad to hear you’re having a good time. I plan to as well! 🙂

  4. llcooljoe

    September 17, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    “Washing my car, doing some laundry, and cookin’ up some chicken. ” So that’s your idea of doing nothing!!

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day. When we are in the States we often go out for breakfast. I just can’t resist the pancakes.

    • shadowrun300

      September 18, 2013 at 10:24 am

      When I don’t HAVE to do things, I don’t mind doing them. Maybe I should give myself permission more often to not do things.
      How can anyone resist pancakes? Most times our early motorcycle rides are to the IHOP so I can have their pancakes. But this place we went to Sunday, has The. Best. Pancakes. Ever.

      • llcooljoe

        September 22, 2013 at 7:42 am

        You know we went to ihop once and I wasn’t really that impressed with their pancakes. Now when we are in the States we go to the local diner and they are so much better. We don’t get them at all here in the UK, it’s very much an American thing, and always a real treat to me.

      • shadowrun300

        September 22, 2013 at 8:05 pm

        It’s been hit and miss with IHOPs for us. I’ve had pancakes at some that are just downright yucky. In fact, we’ve hit some family diners with yucky pancakes, and I’m always so disappointed. But there are some places where they KNOW how to make good pancakes. (And they’re a treat for me too.)

  5. Abby

    September 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Well, you really made the most of that Sunday – on a real Sunday no less!
    Breakfast is my favorite meal to go out for too. Just seems more “fun” around the restaurant table than other meals. Maybe it’s all that coffee the servers pour.
    I’m glad Link’s treatments are hopefully stabilizing, but yeah, 8 hours is a long drive to make on a regular basis. Good luck with finding another specialist.
    That Mario… she knows what’s what.

    • shadowrun300

      September 18, 2013 at 10:29 am

      Mmmmm. Coffee. I think that IS the reason.
      And everyone seems so happy in the morning. The stresses of the day haven’t hit yet so everyone in the dining room was having a great time.

  6. territerri

    September 18, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    That Mario, she’s a smart girl. Maybe that’s the real purpose of letting our babies grow up and live life on their own. Instead of regretting what we didn’t appreciate “back then,” maybe we should just be happy we have the chance now to appreciate what great people we raised!

    So glad you had such a good day off. And I know exactly how you feel about tackling a few chores on your “day of rest.” I always feel refreshed when I’ve managed to get a few things done and can feel more in control of my life.

    • shadowrun300

      September 19, 2013 at 9:09 am

      I remember you once saying how much you’re enjoying your kids now. At least I THINK it was you. 🙂 We talk to them on a completely different level now, more adult-like. And THEY feel more adult-like too. It’ just more fun. While Link was filling me in on all the goings-on in Ohio, I just sat back and listened – so proud of how well he’s doing.
      You know how when you go camping, you don’t mind doing the dishes. (or was that just me….) That’s what Sunday felt like. I was relaxed and happy to have a day to do nothing, I WANTED to wash my car and cook up some chicken. I didn’t feel like I HAD to.


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