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July 20, 2008

I feel like I have been gone for a long time. I talk to the little ones on the phone and their voices sound far away. It is too quiet.

It is amazing how the phone changes their voices, making them sound like babies again. Or maybe it is me, not being able to see their faces. My husband relates the cute things that they are doing. He tells me the stories. I wistfully tell him that I wish I were home to have seen that or heard that. I wish that I were a part of that story.

He says, Now you now how I feel when I am at work all day and I call home.

Six days is a long time to be away, but the perfect amount of time to give me some perspective. I had a great time. But today I was ready to come home.

I finally arrive home and the house is empty. Rob has taken the kids to the China Buffet for dinner. It gives me time to unpack all the free stuff gifts.

They are home shortly after that. I hear them in the driveway before they even get to the door. Mom! Mom! they scream. They tumble in the door, tripping over each other. Hug after hug after hug.

They start telling me stories. Giving me the recap of all I have missed. They talk louder and louder. Now it is their words tripping over each other. Even the big kids stay close to me.

They are laughing. Jumping around. Vying for my attention. I have forgotten how funny they are. We pile onto my bed, no one ready to go to bed just yet. My oldest son tossing his football up in the air and catching it. My youngest son bouncing on top of me.

It is no longer quiet. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

I am happy to be home.

Posted by Chris @ 11:29 pm  

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  1. stara says:

    It was so great to meet you! You are HILARIOUS.

  2. Jules says:

    Wow. Just wow.

  3. J says:

    Welcome home! Glad you had fun and glad you’re back! That renewed appreciation for the kids is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?

  4. Celine says:

    Welcome Home!
    Perspective in small doses is just the thing for a busy mom. How great that your kids know you are just as excited to be back as they are to have you back.

  5. jenijen says:


  6. Anna says:

    That’s the best welcome home story I’ve heard in a long time! Glad you had fun!

  7. Victoria says:


    Sounds lovely

  8. melissa6 says:

    this is how my 6 kids act if i go out shopping on my own for a couple of hours!!!!!!!!!

  9. Nothing But Bonfires says:

    But now WE miss you. You can’t win!

  10. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    There’s no place like home . . . There’s no place like home . . . There’s no place like home!

    I’m glad you had a good time, but I know exactly how that feels. Actually I shouldn’t say I “know” . . . I remember how that felt thirty years ago! And that’s a good thing.

  11. threeundertwo says:

    Welcome home! I can feel your happiness through your post!

  12. xenia kathryn says:

    So sweet. These truly are the best days of our lives.

  13. Bronnie says:

    aaaw lovely. big happy families are the best!!
    so nice to have such a great welcome back :)

  14. Ladybug Crossing says:

    Awww… I have one more week before everyone is home… I can’t wait!

  15. Mel says:

    I love how just a little break makes you love the chaos that makes up your life.

  16. Jennifer says:

    What a wonderful welcome home! Lucky you.

  17. Sarah @ Ordinary Days says:

    What a beautiful moment.

  18. suburbancorrespondent says:

    Yes! They do sound younger on the phone! Even my alienated teen daughter sounds sweet when I call her.

  19. jody says:

    Welcome home!

  20. Corey says:

    My daughter is coming home tomorrow after 9 days with grandparents. It is funny how much younger they sound on the phone. I can’t wait to see her. It was a perfect break and now I am ready to get back to normal!

  21. Denise says:

    Big yellow houseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    I’m sure I love you and appreciate you more than they do.

    OK fine, they win. But still…. big yellowwwwww houseeeeeee!

  22. whoorl says:

    I’m happy that you’re happy, but tell me, AM I STILL YOUR THIRD OR WHAT?? (Remember, I’m Irish and own Crocs…)

    Chris says: DEFINITELY. Maybe.

  23. Haley says:

    What a great post! I love how the sights, sounds, and emotions all flow together. You can just picture the scene in your mind’s eye.

    Wow, I sound like such a teacher! :)

  24. EG says:

    Great post!

  25. Kristabella says:

    I’m glad to be home too! Even though it is like 90 here and I might be actually missing the cool weather in San Francisco.

    It was nice to meet you in SF!

  26. peepnroosmom says:

    Welcome home!
    We just got home yesterday after living in a camper for 8 days. Our house is not big, but it is a mansion after the cooped up feeling of the camper.

  27. Michele says:

    It was so great to meet you. I was the one who accosted you and Susan while you were having a quiet drink in the lobby together… And I blathered like an idiot. But you were gracious and kind and I thank you.

  28. jennielynn says:

    As much fun as the conference was, it is good to be home. I really enjoyed meeting you there. Thank you for being gracious to this fan girl.

  29. Angie says:

    You remind me of when I was young and my mother went away on a trip. The mother being away is part of the memory. Isn’t it funny how young your children sound on the phone? My 8 year old sounds 2.

  30. ali says:

    yes…being at blogher was amazing…but coming home to three kids who were SO happy to see me (or maybe it was the tshirts and webkinz i brought home that they were happy to see…) was PERFECTION.

    was so great meeting you. you are so pocketable. ;) (and snarky. i love the snark)

  31. chanelireli says:

    I’m glad you made it home too! Isn’t it funny that quiet seems so strange and underrated? Even after all those millions of moments you wish the kids would be quiet.

  32. Lisa Lisa says:

    I love this story! So loving and beautiful :o)

  33. Kristin says:

    Always awesome to see you. Glad you are home safe.

  34. metalia says:

    I love this. Just beautiful.

  35. Valeta says:

    That is so cute. Probably the best thing for every mom who went to blogher. Returning to hugs and kisses. :D

  36. Tiffany says:

    I think the extra time to unpack is key here. That way you felt you could relax and enjoy them when they came in the door rather than rush around getting unpacked. Precious memories.

  37. Sleeping Mommy says:

    Welcome home.

  38. owlhaven says:

    You just described this morning at my house. It was great to meet you in person!!

    Mary, mom to many

  39. Rae says:

    Oh Chris, so beautiful.

  40. elizadoohicky says:

    Oh man! Now I need to redo my mascara! Darn you to heck Super Mom!

  41. Mom101 says:

    I love hearing that at some point my children will sound younger to me on the phone. Because when I see them after a weekend away, they always seem older and I feel as if I’ve missed something.

    I wish I could have spent more time with you this weekend. But um, there were a few people there.

  42. homemom3 says:

    Oh I could picture the kids, mine do it whenever I just go to the store.