I can't say that the return of Owen excitement ever subsided, but we had to try to get back to our lives as normal the day after his return. Examples of efforts:
1) Went to Greg's swim meet.
Oh the glory of being there with all those mighty warriors, my heart will never lose it's fondness for a swim meet. I will never tire of looking over a pool's records. This particular pool was the Northwestern University pool, they've got the NCAA's fastest breaststroker on their team it turns out, a fellow named Mike Alexandrov who did it in a 51.56. Holy. Smokes. I didn't know we were swimming that fast. Anyway, he's Bulgarian so I think he'll be representing that country at the Olympics cuz I don't remember his name from the US trials (which I didn't really watch). Anyway, Alexandrov was there and swam in the 100M breast, he did it in a 1:04ish something. That's fast. I overheard people talking about him during the race: "You know what Mikey did for his warm up today? 30 minutes in a hot shower." Hey, if it works for you
But I wasn't there for some fancy Bulgarian superstar. I was there to watch my brother swim in his longjohns. So much has changed in the last 13 years!
2) Saw Something Very Important
Somewhere before my trip I read about a McDonalds in Chicago with a sign that was an egg that was open during breakfast hours to remind people to get their eggs from McDonalds. Turns out it's the McDonalds by Wrigley Field that has this sign. I don't know why they picked such a famous McDonalds for such a weird/awesome sign, but they did and now I've seen it.
3) Got Italian Sausage & Beef Combos from Johnnies
This is a must when visiting Oak Park and also one of the reasons we don't go downtown so much. Why would we when such important food is right by our house? Also, their ice is very special.
4) Family Dinner at Las Fuentes
Those who've read about more than one of my trips home may have noticed that there will always be a trip to Las Fuentes. Always. Don't you know I love Mexican food? That I love nachos?
5) Admired Dad's Bargain Shopping
These kinds of bulbs were on sale for 50¢ each at the local hardware store. Usually they're like $5 or something, right?
6) Participated in Other Important Family Milestones
Owen's return wasn't the only significant event of the weekend, these pictures of us in Sunday clothes serve to illustrate that Greg was ordained an Elder on Sunday. We are all growing up so much and so fast.
7) Appreciated Nature.
Look, Mom gave the cat a haircut. And the Dog finally drank from the neighbor's fountain. And there are SO MANY giant bunnies in Oak Park.
8) Remembered Past Glories