Today Connor and I had a bit of a slow start; after I gave him his morning meds I went back to bed and we both slept in a while. It felt really strange not needing to get up and get the day started! I finally dragged myself out of bed and woke Connor up, and we puttered around the house a bit before heading over to my parents' house for lunch. I love having them so close by now; it's great to be able to spend so much time with them!
Then my mom and I went out and did a bit of what turned into early Christmas shopping, which wasn't our original intent. Christmas definitely sneaked up on me this year; it doesn't seem like we should be anywhere close to December yet! I'm totally not ready and I hadn't even started thinking about presents or decorations, but from the way the stores were decked out you'd think the holiday was next week. What the heck happened to Thanksgiving in the retail world, anyway? I'm pretty sure that stuff was all on the shelves before Halloween. The mall had the 50 foot tall Christmas trees up already, which Connor was excited by, though he didn't demand we get them as presents for all our relatives this year. I guess the kid is growing up and he's too cool to demand giant Christmas trees as presents. I kind of miss it-- can't believe how big he's getting. Can you believe he'll be eight next year? That's crazy talk, people.
Eden spent the whole day out at her retreat and didn't get back until around nine in the evening. She told me "I had a good time, but I really really happy to see my bed!" She was in her pajamas fifteen minutes after she got home, and in bed five minutes after that-- I've never seen the kid get ready for sleeping so quickly or enthusiastically. Evidently the retreat was fun but also exhausting. She said she'd definitely like to go back sometime, which was great to hear. I think they do a summer camp as well, so that might be a really good option for her next year.
I'm so glad she enjoyed herself, and I'm really proud of her for handling being away from home so well. Trusting that we'll still be here when she returns is a huge step for her, and I think a hallmark of growing maturity and understanding that our family is not a temporary stop for her, but a permanent home. Hooray for our girl!
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