Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Catching my breath!

It has been a busy few weeks for me. Besides the normal stuff, like work and all that crap, I was trying to fit in as much riding with Dave as I could get before Riley came home. We had some really fun rides, and I will have to post about them later, but since my boy finally came home after being gone for sooooo long (7 weeks) I decided I need to post about that first.
Riley came home last Tuesday. Yeah! I missed him so much, as most of you know. Dave went with me to pick him up and I probably drove him crazy with my excitement during the hour and a half drive. The first thing Riley did when I saw him was show me this ugly bruise on his leg. When I looked at it I could tell that it was already getting better, so I could only imagine how bad it looked to start. I asked him how he did it and he told me that he crashed a quad. Wow, my boy, only 8 and already has a wreck out of the way. Apparently when they taught him how to ride it, they failed to show him how to brake, so he used the next best thing....the garage door. Thankfully he hit the frame, and didn't go through the door completely, and he was wearing a helmet, so I feel okay.

The next thing he showed me was this huge bag of popcorn that his aunt got him from the movie theater she delivers to. Thanks Aunt Cathy!

After Riley came home we only had one week to try to get all his school stuff, and to try to have a little bit of end of summer fun. Dave and I took Riley and one of his friends to Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. It was a lot of fun spending time with my two favorite people, and I was so proud of Riley for going on rides that he normally wouldn't. I think maybe the quad accident toughened him up a little bit. LOL.

Well, today Riley started fourth grade. He was not happy about going back to school. Don't let the picture fool you, this was after I told him to act excited. Maybe you can see his smart-ass side here. I think he might get that from me. But he had a great first day, and he likes his teacher (so far).
So now it's back to normal, which for me is not normal at all, it's utter chaos. But when my boy is here, even chaos is wonderful!


FLHX_Dave said...

It's good to have the squirt around again! Yeah, that popcorn has been the staple of my diet lately. Welcome back Riley!

Ann said...

Welcome home, Riley! Quad crashes do tend to toughen us up! I rolled a quad a few years back, no helmet, losta booze on board (me, not the quad!) and no damage to either me or the quad...still don't know how I managed that!

So glad things are back to normal for you. Vicki started 5th grade last week and she's loving it. (for now)

Dean "D-Day" said...

Welcome home, Riley. Glad that things are getting back to "normal".

I'll have to send you my copy of the book "101 Things To Do With Popcorn".

"Joker" said...

I was beginning to wonder where you were at! I'm sure you're delighted to have your son back. I keep trying to imagine one of mine being gone for 7 weeks...that must be difficult to adjust to. When they are driving us all nuts we all say we can't wait to get rid of them, but the moment they are gone, you miss them terribly - and I'm only talking about a few days at grandma's!

I'm sure the quad experience did toughen him up a bit. As far as going back to school goes, I hated it with a passion when I was a kid. Back to school already...where has the summer gone??

As far as the popcorn goes, look at the bright side. It could have been a set of drums!

Anonymous said...

I hate going back to school...and I am the TEACHER!!!

Glad you have your son back, I am sure you missed him terribly. Also glad you seem to have followed our advice and made the most of the time you had without him. :-)

-Connie said...

I'm glad you guys got to spend the last week of summer doing stuff together!! I can't wait to read all the ride stories. And that is one BIG ass bag of popcorn. When I used to work at a movie theater I would bring 1 home every once in a while for my dad. hehehe. I don't miss those days!

B.B. said...

You know what I really wanted to do with the popcorn? I wanted to put it in the bathtub and just lie in it naked.
Yup, it's good to have my boy back. As much fun as I had with Dave while he was gone, it just doesn't feel right when he isn't around.

IHG said...

Glad Riley is finally home! :)

"Joker" said...

If you do, can I have a picture please?

Ann said...

Joker: LMFAO!

BB: Big D doesn't have your email address. Email me at


Lady R (Di) said...

Well, everybody before me said what I could. Ditto on the kiddo! I'm sure having him home is like chaotic comfort.

I understand how busy life can be, but don't stay gone so long next time!