Lickety Split! Indeed, we managed to shave four hours off of the outgoing time on our return home last night. Much more reasonable and significantly less eventful.
Things for which I am grateful:
1. See above
2. Family harmony
3. Grace and generosity
5. The dog sitters who negotiated one of my pup's sneaky escape and subsequent incarceration at the SPCA.
6. The kindness of an unknown Samaritan who obviously nabbed my dog and took her to the pound.
7. Catchphrase. A game which actually engages and entertains three generations of my family.
8. Patience. Because teaching one teenager to drive is harrowing enough. Letting both of them take turns behind the wheel on the same vacation is down right terrifying.
9. That I had the foresight and wherewith all to insist that we left our home completely tidy a week ago, because it was a joy to return home to that.
10. That I was able to spend a week of what should have been brutally cold winter in shorts and a t-shirt. There's just no way around it, I AM a tropical girl at heart.
All for now. A slew of catch up posts to follow including the one in which I surrender to the stink bugs and another in which we discuss resolve.