We arrived home around 8pm, which was just in time to put the baby and preschoolers to bed.
The first graders had a blast unloading the trailer, while I was made to sit down. This seemed silly since my energy and stamina really rebounded since that blessing. On the other hand, I fell asleep in my lentils afterward so maybe they knew what they meant about me resting.
Nathan and I stayed up long enough to get the kitchen thinfs put away, make a quick supper of lentils and sweet potatoes, disinfect all the bottles and sippy cups that badly needed it, and be sure we had baby things ready for tomorrow. The kids can wear their suitcases to unpack them this week, and the rest I will do as I can. If we ever travel with a trailer again, I will pack us and organize is very differently, but it really made our trip easier so I am very grateful.
The kids went down easily since we got up so early, but we know Barrett will be up too early and get into everything not locked down. DHS suggested a door alarm, but we don’t want to bother the older boys if they have to get up in the night for the bathroom. Here was our booby trap solution, just to alert us for when he heads out:
We can get a bed alarm later, when he gets a little heavier, but for now we use handbells lined up on the opposite side of the baby gate he is able to take down. That way we know he’s up. He isn’t in trouble for getting up, but we need to know he is up so he and the baby and our food are all safe. He’s such a funny little guy, except for when he is mad!
We got our ear chargers plugged in, my medicine and the kids’ medicine found, and our toiletries out. My phone died sometime after our last rest stop, so it finally got plugged in to charge. We can sleep now, and unpack the house and scrub down the children tomorrow.
I am very glad to be home!
P.S. My ponderizing verse for this week is Mosiah 3:19, since so many keep asking me. Also the divinity talk from General Conference. Hope that helps!