The mountains, the clean, sweet-smelling air, the reasonable time zone. Ahhh, it's good to be home. Did you know that in San Pancho we were on Central Time? In our last week there, it was dark every morning until after 7 o'clock. Now, back in the land of logical time zone boundary-making, the sun comes up at...I don't know when. 5:30am? Something normal considering that we are nearly to the longest day of the year. What a relief that is.
And the air! Aaaah, as I drove yesterday with the windows down I got a few whiffs of Colorado. I don't know what the scent was, but it reminded me of home. It wasn't moldy or musty or dusty or concretey or spilled garbagey like what we've been smelling lately in San Pancho. It was sweet and fresh and crisp. I didn't even know I'd missed it! Of course, the trade-off is that now I've got the dry-air crusty nose that requires daily neti-potting in order not to bleed, but I think it's worth the sacrifice.
Lastly, to update you on whether or not I actually AM "that" mom...I apparently am not. Well, maybe I was for a second but I am now redeemed. On the way home from the airport Brynn began getting nervous and doubting whether or not she really wanted to go swim in a meet during her first hours home. We told her, "Sorry...it's too late. You're signed up and your team is counting on you to be there. They need you to earn points to help the team win. Plus, if you don't go now, you'll feel nervous like this before your meet next week. So let's get it over with." She sucked it up and arrived at the pool like a deer in the headlights. No smiles, no hugs for old friends, her voice nearly mute (actually, Callie did all the same things and she wasn't even swimming in the meet).
Brynn hopped into the pool for backstroke and not only did she swim a state-qualifying time, a new best time for her, but she came out telling her dad, "I want private lessons so next time I can beat that girl who beat me." Thatta girl! I love her!
Her second and third events were 25s freestyle and breaststroke. Again, she got her best times and when she saw the results posted she wanted to know how many points she earned for her team. Lots. Like maybe 40 points between the three events.
As we left the meet, Brynn exclaimed through a huge smile, "That was so fun...I don't ever want to miss a meet!"