A week and a half ago, I boarded a plane for Ft. Lauderdale for a cruise! Not something I would normally head off and do by myself, but this was a leadership summit for my business with Gold Canyon. Getting there was FAR from smooth . . . booked on the wrong flight and had to change it last minute, missed getting my 2nd boarding pass (the one for the 1st flight before a layover and a 2nd flight) at airport check-in and had to go back for it before going through security, lost my driver’s license as I went through security & had to be patted down after going through the body scanner, first leg of my flight out was delayed over an hour so my layover that was supposed to be an hour long turned into a mad dash to board a plane at another gate. None of it was any big deal, but it just seemed that every little thing that could go wrong was going to happen.
I love being a leader with this company and was thrilled to get to go and be trained & inspired during the time on the ship. I missed my husband and kids dreadfully, but it was a really great experience. We had amazing training and each evening we had dinner as a group. One night, I got to sit at the table with a group of leaders and the company founders, Curt & Karen Waisath, who are truly amazing people. For all the other dinners, I sat with different leaders whom I got to learn from as we chatted about business and life. I also got to spend some time with 5 of the amazing leaders on my team who were there with us and it was nice to get to know them a little better and come away with a plan for our team. I came away with new friends and refreshed and ready to take on the world!
Despite that, “re-entry” to life back home was difficult. I got home on Monday night and on Tuesday morning, my sweet husband who had taken such good care of everything while I was gone, got on an airplane and headed out of town for a business trip of his own. The first two days he was gone were the hardest. Landon, one of the 1 year old twins, cried, what seemed like, non-stop. He wanted to be held, but even while I was holding him he cried and complained. And holding the twins is difficult these days because they’ve come to learn that they don’t like it when I’m holding “the other one” instead of them or even at the same time as them. So, I only hold them when I’m sitting on the floor so they can both climb up on me at the same time. And they don’t sit still and cuddle, they climb and grab and complain or hit at the other baby who is too close.
It was a challenge, that’s for sure. But once I realized how it was going to be, I put away the to-do list and just spent time with my kids. I braved a trip to Kohl’s to do some quick shopping with the kids, we had take-out for dinner a few times and special treats for dessert, and did some major organizing in the kids’ rooms. In the evenings, I was able to get a few other things done, though my list is still looming and I am excited to get back to it on Monday. Jeff is on his way home as I write this and will take the day off tomorrow so that I can get caught up on the grocery shopping and all those things on my list that are waiting. I have a truly wonderful and supportive husband who does more than his fair share around here and its always a good reminder for me when he is gone about just how hard it would be to do it on my own. . . . oh, and did I mention that I did church with 4 kids under 4 by myself today???? Well, I had some help from sweet friends once I got there, but it was really a challenge . . . one that I don’t want to have to do again for a while, but one that makes me feel invincible because at least I did it!
The amazing view from my room. It had two ginormous windows looking out at the front of the ship!
Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas
One of our favorite guys from corporate (Scott Brown), dressed up as Richard Dawson for our Family Feud game for training!!!
The view from the pier in Cozumel . . . what a gorgeous day!