My last post was over a month ago? Really? Its no wonder that the most frequest commenters on this blog are trying to sell Cialis and ED products. Anyways...
Life has been busy with, you know, the usual. Work, kids, viruses, visits to family, and Nico's ever-growing preschool birthday-party circuit.
This past Sunday, R* and I stole a few hours alone together, courtesy of my parents. We went to a winery and shared a lovely bottle of Viognier and some warm bread and cheese (oh happy yumminess!), and got to talk without being interrupted. We did not discuss Star Wars, or rockets, or the sounds animals make, and no one asked for Honeynut Cheerios, not even once, and it was kind of refreshing, I have to admit. We had enough time alone together that we started missing the kids, and when we went back to my parents' house, we found my dad watching the game and my mom upstairs playing hide-and-seek with a couple of happy, giggling children. And then we all sat down to a beautiful meal prepared by my wonderful cook of a mother, and I felt wholly and completely restored.
Today being a Wednesday and all, we were back in the grind. I saw R briefly before he left for work, and then I got the nuggets up and dressed and fed, and Stella and I walked the dog, and then we all (minus dog) packed into the car and had a nice quick commute (the ONE positive effect of the government shutdown: no traffic in Washington!), and I kissed and hugged the kiddos goodbye and went to my office.
At lunch, I went to the gym and got on the treadmill. I had one of those rare, great runs where you feel great and have abundant energy the entire time. I coursed along on that lovely line between pushing oneself and overdoing it, always leaning on the not-overdoing it side. Oh, it felt so good.
As I ran, I thought about my life. This life. It is SO full. I thought of Nico and how he is never without some kind of construction material in his hands - blocks, Legos, you name it - and his talent for and obsession with building things, and how R* and I want to feed that and nurture it and how fun it will be to see where it goes. I tried to stifle a laugh as I thought about Stella bean and the hundred million ways she makes us laugh every day -- her burgeoning vocabulary, how for some unknown reason she believes every animal bleats like a sheep ("Stella! See the tiger? What does tiger say?" "BAAAAAA!!!!!"), how PROUD she is of her ability to drink from a cup WITHOUT A LID.... I thought of R* and felt a surge of love and appreciation for this person who is working right beside me every day. I thought of my family and how completely fulfilled I feel when we are all together, with our new identities as parents and aunts and uncles and grandparents fitting right in with our old identities of kids and siblings and parents.
I turned 42 today. On this normal, hectic, workweek day, I am so grateful for this busy life of mine. This wonderful, normal day, full with the people I love.