We turned the corner and the road changed from asphalt to dirt. We drove up hill a little way, then turned another corner and drove over a stretch of potholes. Then we slowed, turned into our driveway and began our decent home. Right on cue, three sleepy children stirred from the back seat.
Miss J said, "Hi house! We're ho-ome!"
Miss V signed "home" and clapped her hands happily.
Miss F yelled, "Pip!" and we all shouted, "RAY!!!"
Nelly was so excited she peed before she got out of the car. I didn't get annoyed though - I knew how she felt.
When we walked in our front door again for the first time since last Friday, I sprang a leak too (I cried. Just in case you needed reassuring).
"Happy tears, mum?"
"Yes Miss F. Blissful and relieved and VERY happy tears."
"OK. Just checking."
Things have been a little unsettled for us lately. We had an unexpected guest, got thrown some unexpected challenges, had some unexpected outcomes and went on an unexpected road trip.
And you know what?
I've decided I like 'expected'!
But we're home now, and I have just one thing left to say...