Oh, and Gramma and Papa too! Braeden and I left town yesterday for a 12 day vacation! Lucky him (he is missing 7 days of school), lucky Mama because I am off work (both in and out of the home) for 12 days! What a great little side-kick Braeden was yesterday and wonderful travel companion. Times sure have changed from back when he was 2 or 3 and I would meet his Grandparents (Aaron’s parents) half way to pick him up after he’d been down for a visit, and have to reach back and hold his hand the entire 2-3 hour drive home. I think he had missed me SO much after being gone for a week that he wanted to have his grip on me.
I was actually dreading the drive by myself. I HATE to travel PERIOD- I am a total homebody, but my sister is flying in to Tampa on Sat and because she is a Criminal Attorney in Canada and can only travel between cases, we only see her once a year (and haven’t seen her since a month after Mikey’s birth). Holly was generous enough to give me the time off, so I decided to leave a few days early. All the teachers out there are probably cringing at the fact that I took Braeden out of school for 7 days, but its almost impossible to schedule visits that coordinate with school breaks and I feel like his relationship with his aunt is much more important than missing a few days of 1st grade. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Also, Braeden is so selfless, kind, patient and understanding to the fact that he often gets far less attention than Mikey. He is so deserving of some one-on-one time with Mama. When it is just he and I, I am reminded of the incredibly special, one-of-a-kind bond that he and I share. This morning I awoke to the softest little kiss on my cheek. Braeden had come back in the room (my parents were kind enough to tend to him while I slept in a bit) to get dressed, didn’t want to wake me, but wanted to give me a little love. Oh that boy is SO amazing and I love him so much. Tonight after Braeden said out of the blue, “Mama, I love you!” My dad looked at me and said, “Sandy I hope you feel SO lucky!” “Lucky” doesn’t begin to describe all I feel. I just hope I make my parents feel that way too!
So, as much as I have been looking forward to the break and relaxation, I am also already going through withdrawls…..NOPE, not from not shopping, but from not seeing my other little sidekick. It’s so amazing how one day you can feel so stressed that you can’t get out of town fast enough and the next ache for that same little toddler that has caused a lot of stress recently. When you get a chance to slow down, take a deep breath and think about it all, you realize your life is PERFECT, stress and all. My life is simply not life without that little toddler who gets into everything, goes nonstop during every waking moment and has decided to once again go on an eating strike (which has created the “stress”). He and Mike are joining us next Wed and I simply can not imagine ever wanting to be away from him for a week again. He does talk to us on the phone and I think he is a little ticked that he can hear Mama and brother together, but is not there too. Mikey is the jealous sort and any time he sees Braeden hugging me or talking to me, he has to run up and throw himself at me, or try and talk ABOVE his 7 year old brother. He did say, “orida” (Florida) and “ice, ew, oes” (nice new shoes- referring to the new Elmo shoes Mike’s Mom bought him today), while we were on the phone.
Thank you Peggy and Mike for taking such good care of our little monkey and allowing Braeden and I this vacation.
Here are a couple pictures of day one
The pools are all heated here and Braeden is taking full advantage of swimming outside in February!
Me, with NO makeup on and REALLY in need of a suntan- sorry, not a pretty sight.