Friday, July 06, 2007

Summer adventures

Honey started a new job this week. It's a sales position with a company called PartsMaster. It's a great opportunity and I think he will be wonderful at it. The only draw back is that there will be quite a bit of day travel for him. He will be home at nights and have the flexibility to make his own schedule, but the nature of the job is to drive to your accounts.

This idea of day travel will be the biggest adjustment for us. For pretty much our entire married life, he has worked close enough to our house to come home for lunch. He has also had the flexibility to drop everything in the middle of the work day and come home or even bring his work home with him as life with 3 young children and my sanity has needed. I am excited about the opportunities this job will bring our family and know that with each month that passes our children are only getting older. So, hopefully the times I need to call him in for back up are getting fewer and farther between.

This week, he has been riding with two men that have territory near here, one of them being my dad. Next week he will be out of town training. So we are gearing up for a week without the dad in our house. We did this many times while in youth ministry, but the past 9 months of jobs that don't require overnight travel have really spoiled us.

Last week, in an attempt to celebrate this new job, and to take advantage of the last few days Honey had "between jobs" we made a trip to my hometown just a couple of hours from here. The plan was to visit with the family that I still have there and take in a couple of the local sites. All while staying in a motel. Not because we didn't want to stay with family, but because, even though we have a pool in our neighborhood that we can literally see from our back porch and that we frequent almost every day, the kids wanted to swim.

We went to Palo Duro Canyon Tuesday night to see the mucical TEXAS. It's been at least 15 years since I've seen it, and Honey and the kids have never seen it. The kids love to watch any kind of live action show, and this show, set in the old west, has lots of dancing and singing and horses. I love musicals, and Honey goes because he knows I enjoy them so much.

So anyways, the show was set to start at 8:30 pm and at 8:20 it was raining. It had been raining cats and dogs, but had lessened to a pouring rain by the time we needed to be seated. Did I mention that the show is performed in a beautiful outdoor ampitheater? We thought we would pick up our rain-checks for the next night and be on our way to get some ice cream.

But, the show must go on, and we were informed that they would be performing unless it started to lightening. So we sat in the rain for about an hour and watched the entire first act. It was good, the actors and dancers did the best they could on the soaking wet stage, but the kids were getting cold. And the rain didn't seem to be letting up. We were soaked despite the rain coats we were wearing. At intermission, they announced that it would be dangerous for the actors to continue with the performance and we were all granted rain-checks for the next evening. When we got in the van and began the drive home in our soaking wet clothes, Bubba said in his I have a great idea! voice, "OK , lets go around the circle and tell which item of clothing got the wettest! We'll start with Dad."

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