I was downstairs tonight when I heard the garage door open. I figured that it was either the boogie man or Patrick - my money was on Patrick since he had called from DIA about 2 hours prior to said door opening. Neither Michael or Meredith heard it, so I said to both of them "Could you run upstairs and check on something for me?" Being the obedient children that they are (!!!) they ran right up. Meredith's daily goal is to out-do Michael in all things, so she beat him in the race up the stairs. When she got upstairs she yelled "DADDY!!!" and then turned to her pokey brother and announced Patrick's arrival. I then heard Michael say, "Oh Daddy! I'm so excited that you're home!" Now THAT is worth being gone for a few days.