Today, the morning after arriving home, I am grateful.
I am grateful to my parents for finding such joy in spending time with my children. For being willing to spend time with just them so Lawn Boy and I were able to:
* Sneak out to the store for Easter goodies
* Enjoy a dinner out without having to pay a sitter
* Enjoy a morning at the beach without children
* Drive up to spend an extra afternoon with his 90-year-old grandma when
she was not feeling up to driving down with his parents for Easter Dinner
I am grateful for how much my children love their grandparents. On this vacation, they were truly happy. Even Lawn Boy noticed the difference in The Girl. Not that she is normally an unhappy child, but on this trip, in the warm sun, surrounded by her grandparents, she was truly lit up with JOY. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.
I am grateful to my great grandmother for having 9 children and my grandmother for having 6 and instilling in us all that family, no matter how far removed, is still family. With all of those children, we have cousins in every corner! My mother's cousins drove 3 hours to see us while we were there. My mother also hosted a barbecue, inviting my uncle and cousin. My cousin has 3 children whom we rarely get to see and it was such a joy to watch The Boy go off to play cornhole/baggo with his son and The Girl and his daughter run down the street, hand in hand, looking like sisters.
I am grateful to my ex husband. He usually takes the children for a visit during Spring Break, but this year, had a very legitimate reason for not being able to. Because of this, we were able to take a vacation that would not otherwise have been possible.
I'm grateful for technology... really... because it allowed Lawn Boy to facetime with his children who were very far a away. It also tickles me when LB's son and The Boy facetime and 'text' each other on their Ipods. Its a joy that they like keeping in touch. Now The Boy is also connected with his cousin, so they, too can keep in touch. The Boy has also taken to sending LB goofy texts as well. So yes, I'm grateful for technology... in moderation.
I'm grateful for concrete vanilla custard with fresh raspberries in a waffle cone after a warm, sunny, day at the beach. ~ I probably don't need to elaborate on that.
I am grateful for more time with Daddy and that Lawn Boy had time with his parents and grandmother, because I know that time is so precious.
I am grateful that my children are such good travelers. It makes an 11-hour ride in the car far less insane when the children aren't whining in the backseat.
I am grateful that my children know when to behave. Our first day, after such a long ride, we spent the afternoon with LB's family. There were no other children. They were bored and just wanted to see their grandparents. We all knew it, but they did not show it. They were so good; playing together, remembering their manners, and trying a respectable amount of the dinner LB's mother had made....
I am grateful, I am blessed, I am happy. I am one lucky girl!