I think today was one of my favorite days of our vacation. I've been sick a lot of the time we've been here, and today I felt much better. I've been working on writing a chapter that was accepted for a book that's supposed to be published in January. I've been stressing over it most of the time we've been here because the deadline is next week, but Thursday I submitted a finished draft and got some really positive feedback on it. I'll still have to make revisions, but it's nice to have the bulk of it finished. Hopefully it all goes through and I'll be rich and famous. That was a joke. Nobody becomes rich or famous from academic writing.
Also, today was raining hard all day, which I love, and Andy wasn't traveling, which I also love. Life just seemed better than it has for a while. Andy had some meetings in the morning, but was home by 11am. We took a walk over to the bakery (I'll blog about it later--it's amazing) and had some fresh danishes. Andy had apple and a ham and swiss, and I had blueberry and apricot. Divine. It's fun to have a little pastry shop less than a five minute walk from our house.
Since it was so cold and wet, we decided it was the perfect day to go see a movie, and it just so happens that Brave came out today. There's a movie theater a few blocks from the house, so we walked over there in the rain.
I really liked the movie. Andy thought it was just okay. Autumn was so fun to watch--she was enchanted. She smiled and laughed and ate popcorn and squealed with the best of them. Calvin kept asking to go home, except during the parts with the little red-headed triplets. He thought they were HILARIOUS.
We came home and Calvin and I splashed in puddles the whole way back. We were soaked, but it was fun. Andy walked over to get Italian take-out from this yummy little place that we love. It was the perfect day to have fatty comfort food.
Today I cleaned the house. Read a book. Played with the Kids. Wrestled with Andrew. Played on Facebook. Wasted time. I felt more relaxed today than I have in years. It felt indulgent, but wonderful.
Calvin has started throwing tantrums daily about going home. He misses our house and his toys and his friends. He's been a trooper, but he's just done. I don't blame him. Tonight we watched Puss in Boots and that made him laugh a lot. Autumn just goes with the flow.
Autumn tying a noose around a Barbie's neck and letting it hang there. I would be worried, except that she's the sweetest thing ever. Today she curled up with me on the couch and said, "you're my best friend." Melt my heart.
At bedtime I kept telling her to quit talking and go to sleep. She kept saying, "hey mom, Knock Knock [long pause when I didn't answer] Say who's there?" then she'd wait for a few seconds and when I didn't answer, she'd say it over and over again. I probably should have answered so I'd know what kind of joke a 2 year-old makes up. (Now that I'm writing this, I feel bad that I didn't answer her. I was trying to teach her to go to bed when it's time. She's so sweet. I suck.)
When we're lying there, she also tucks her feet between my thighs and says, "Look! My feets is a Shammich! (sandwich)"
I think she's darling.
Calvin playing Angry Birds. He loves building all kinds of structures, and he's very good at it. He's got some great fine motor skills for a kid his age. Maybe he'll be an architect. I told him to smile, and this is what I got:
Then I acted lame and tried to make him smile. He promptly covered his mouth:
Then he couldn't resist because I'm hilarious:
The cutest picture of him ever:
I tried to take pictures at the theater while we waited, but of the dozen I took, I couldn't get ONE SINGLE SHOT with them all looking at the camera or not blurry or smiling. I wish they would just humor me:
Anyway, not an exciting day, but it was a good one. I'll miss living somewhere where we can walk to everything. The rain is still coming down like crazy.
The End (Finally!)