Texas: Home Again and Jiggety Jig

So the loop around the country was better than I could have imagined and I didn't worry about being away from home . . . until I saw the "Welcome to Texas" sign. I didn't know how much I missed you, you overly friendly, too-hot state!

Not long after crossing the state line, we stopped at a gas station. I knew we were close to home when everybody was holding the doors for each other.

 When we got out of the car in Texas, I immediately said, "Whew! It is too hot here!" Rowyn said, "I love the heat! It happens because it's such a warm-hearted state!" #perspective

When we got out of the car in Texas, I immediately said, "Whew! It is too hot here!" Rowyn said, "I love the heat! It happens because it's such a warm-hearted state!" #perspective

It took a couple days to unload. The first few days I was pretty sure we'd never be back to normal. Especially when this happened:

 Antibiotics for the whole family.

Antibiotics for the whole family.

The kids started acting sickish. It persisted past me suggesting they were just tired of unloading and unpacking. Finally I took them to the doctor and it was strep for everybody. (Their immune system pulled an Oprah--you get strep, you get strep, everybody gets strep!!!)

So our journey back to reality ( which included getting our fish back, paying toll tickets, washing one million loads of clothes) included disinfecting the house.

 Our Pennsylvania toll tickets. I still need to pay the tolls mailed from the east coast. I'm sorry, Florida! I'll do that today. 

Our Pennsylvania toll tickets. I still need to pay the tolls mailed from the east coast. I'm sorry, Florida! I'll do that today. 

As I put stuff away, I enjoyed recounting the trip from our books and souvenirs. Considering we had limited space in our fifth wheel, we don't travel light with our literature. 

 Books acquired during the trip on the right; books we brought with us on the left. Note: Not all books are pictured--I tried to get them stacked up, but we all kept sneaking them away to read them. For this picture, I grabbed the ones close by and snapped a picture.

Books acquired during the trip on the right; books we brought with us on the left. Note: Not all books are pictured--I tried to get them stacked up, but we all kept sneaking them away to read them. For this picture, I grabbed the ones close by and snapped a picture.

After everybody got better, we enjoyed the last bit of summer with swimming, video gaming, and a last minute traveling to Arkansas.

 Logan drying Lucy (the dog) after he "taught" her to swim.

Logan drying Lucy (the dog) after he "taught" her to swim.

Today the school break is over. Zach and I dropped the kiddos off at school; he left to engineer things and I'm sitting at my desk (in the extreme, somewhat creepy quiet) for the first time all summer. First I'm going to play email catch up (my inbox currently has 6,079 unread messages), then it is onto planning school visits, and I'm going to write. I'm working on my next project now. It's probably somewhere around draft twenty-seven--it isn't pretty yet, but its getting there!

Stay tuned! I'll still be posting to this blog--writing about all things author and updating the pages so I can hopefully come to a school near you!