They're back! The children (and Mr. Geeky) returned last night in time for dinner. After dinner they went to visit friends; the friends came down to visit us; and back and forth. For several hours, five or six children went back and forth between our house and others. Back to normal.
Now the reprogramming begins. The kids have not been told "no" for two weeks. They've stayed up late, gotten to eat whatever they want. They've listened to Republispeak. That last one was pretty easy to remedy. We watched an episode of "The Daily Show" together. Geeky Boy was in stitches over Stewart's imitation of W. I'm also taking them to the candlelight vigil tonight in honor of Cindy Sheehan.
Geeky Girl looked especially unhappy last night when she went to sleep in her own bed. The dream has ended. Geeky Boy, on the other hand, seemed quite thrilled to be back in his own bed, back to having his own space and a little more freedom. He says he's going to start blogging again--yay! I've suggested he blog summaries of the books he had to read this summer. I hope he keeps it up.
It's good to have them back. Though I really enjoyed the time with Mr. Geeky and then, completely by myself, I feel like I have my real life back.