Monday, December 28, 2009

Home Sweet Home

Hear that collective sigh of contentment mixed with exhaustion? It's coming from our house. We're just back from a great week in the frozen Southwest. (Sorry, Mom and Dad, but it was cold!)

So, I've never flown Southwest Airlines before. Have you?

I had heard stories about the flight attendants though. As in, how funny they are. How laid back they are. What a different flying experience Southwest is from other airlines.

Last night we arrived in Chicago on Southwest after a wonderful Christmas celebration with my family. As we landed, the flight attendant, who happened to be a middle-aged man with gray hair (I'm not sure why I'm mentioning that except that I've never seen a middle aged male flight attendant with gray hair), made several funny announcements. Basically, "Don't get up yet, we aren't at the gate. Sit down until I tell you to get up."

But as we were taxiing to the gate, he made one last announcement. He said, "We had a very special guest flying with us today. Today is his birthday. He's 99 years old today. And this is also his first flight ever."

Everyone on the plane clapped and cheered. We all wanted to see who this person was. Pat him on the back . . . carefully . . . and wish him happy birthday.

Then he said . . . wait for it . . . "Be sure to greet our pilot on your way off the plane."

Ba dum, dum.

He got me. He really got me.

Anyway, we're home. I have to say, we had such a GREAT time with family and I love love LOVE that we get to see each other at Christmas every year, but it was sure good to get home. Know what I mean?

Chicago got a good bit of snow while we were gone, so it was fun to drive through town, looking at the houses blanketed in white, still shining with Christmas lights. So beautiful. Our whole town looks like Christmas.

The Wonder Dog did just fine with her wonderful friend, Rob. We're so happy to have Rob in our lives--he comes to our house to take care of Thunder while we're out of town, so our dog stays home where she's comfortable and safe and she can look out of her window all day.

But she gets a little LOT lonely.

When we get home she goes a little crazy for a while, running all over the house, licking us like crazy. Thunder never does anything halfway. She's all lab. Bless her heart.

I have lots to tell you this week, and I'll get to it soon, but for now the laundry awaits. Ta!



  1. I popped in here from Lysa's and I am so glad that I did.

    I am thankful that you had a wonderful Christmas. Many blessings my friend!

  2. The blog looks great, Shelly! And I'm glad you had a nice time with the family. Took me a while to catch up on your blog, as I seem to have been a bit busy with holiday preparations.

  3. Sounds like a fun flight! As long as there were no jokes about crash landing. LOL.

    Your sweet dog looks like he was waiting patiently for you to arrive home.

    The washer and dryer are chugging away around here too. How can so much laundry pile up just over a period of a few days? Looking forward to your posts coming up.

  4. A sigh of contentment mixed with exhaustion... Way to sum it up - spot on! My laundry room is also sky high. The baby clothes loads took priority over my laundry for a week. Loved all those little clothes : )

  5. So glad to hear you had a wonderful family Christmas. Know what you mean about the laundry though - how does it pile up? and I was home the whole time. But I just folded my last load. Can't wait to read your next blog.

  6. Load #9 is next. Cold? We thought so too....Love you guys and glad you are safely home.

  7. Welcome home! I've missed you:-)
    We fly Southwest whenever possible. We love them!!

  8. Just wanted to tell you that I was looking at some southern home type magazine and saw a house that looked so much like yours. So, your house is magazine worthy!

  9. You don't know me from Adam, but I stumbled onto this blog entry today. As a proud employee of Southwest Airlines, I'm glad to hear it was a good experience. (I love our flight attendants. They're great.) I hope we have a chance to see you on some more of our flights in the future. :o)

  10. Aw, Linda, that's so nice. Thanks!

    Hey Don! Glad you found me. I hope you'll pass along to whomever at Southwest that one of the main reasons we chose SW was because they DON'T CHARGE FOR BAGS!!! We have a family of five and that's some serious savings. Grrrr. I hate it when others do that.