We all enveloped Dave into our arms last night to welcome him back after 8 days in China. Boy howdy we missed that guy. And I think it’s safe to say he missed us a bundle too. Here are a few of the other things he missed (besides us), for better or for worse: –Elle’s toilet breaking –Grace’s band performance –The elementary school talent show: Where apparently a couple girls got a little carried away with the lipstick I told them they could wear… (They did their stuff from what they learned in this class back here.) …and doing these hairdos in all their hair for the school performance and the parent performance. –Elle’s choir performance: –News that Claire’s finger was indeed broken after all three weeks ago because of that darn back handspring incident. (We don’t listen to phone messages around here so we didn’t realize Urgent care was calling and calling to tell us to get to a specialist.) The break is close to the growth plate and may have to be re-broken 🙁 –Elle’s scoliosis diagnosis –another big Book of Mormon mailing (this time with help from all the ladies I go to church with…THANK YOU!!) –Elementary school yearbook signing/ice cream party –High school yearbooks –The final volleyball banquet celebration(Much more on that later.) –Graduation parties:(I wish I had a pic of the one with cousins…) –Hanging with teenagers: –I giant moment of weakness when I let five girls sleep over despite our “no-sleepover” policy. –sister bonding: –getting kids to and from all the last-week lessons. –heat. It is so hot here. This was at 9:00 at night on one of the carpool pick-upsYes, that says 88 degrees. –crafts (I KNOW he missed that part 🙂 –a sister sleepover on the floor dreaming that maybe the tooth fairy would come since they both lost teeth: –The tooth fairy paid us a visit after two or three years of non-existence. –Teacher-appreciation notes and gifts –trying my darnedest to get Lu onto the summer swim team since we missed the deadline. –gut-wrenching worry with one kid over grades –celebrating text book returns: –a high-performance volleyball tryout for Max for a national league –sleepovers in my bed with the girls every night (they take turns when Dave is gone) –trying to figure out a great summer job for Max (ANY IDEAS ANYONE??) –trying not to be grumpy running on very little sleep –A bazillion house-making decisions that almost caused a nervous break-down trying to do them solo –five batches of cookies to help cope. –The flowers I helped him buy me at the store since I knew he’d want me to have them:(I’m in love with peonies.) Boy we are sure glad to have this guy back (along with the new glasses he brought home for the kids). I sure wish I had a list of all the stuff we missed out with him in China. I’m sure it would include lots of interesting food and planes, trains and automobiles. And lots of meetings. Poor guy. We have 1 more full-day of school here in the desert. ONE. And I’m holding on by my fingernails.