Thinking about absences today. Probably because there are some noticeable absences in my life right now.
1) The kids! They went to Portland this morning with my parents to visit my grandmother. They're not coming home until Thursday afternoon/evening. Fortunately they were in rare form this morning, so I was not too sad to send them off. Am already missing them a bit though.
2) All kid furniture in the living room. That's right, we've completely gotten anything kid-related out of our living room and safely tucked into their bedroom. That's thanks to the absence of another thing...
3) Vivian's toddler bed/crib. We've had the big crib in the kids' room since Ethan was a baby, and had converted it to a toddler bed last year for Vivian. Ethan had a smaller toddler bed on his side of the room. But look what we got this weekend!
Ethan doesn't do change very well, so thoroughly rejected the idea of a new bed last time we were at IKEA. This Saturday we went and expected the same result when we casually suggested the bed to Ethan, only to be met with acceptance from him. Because he's recently started climbing everything and was thrilled by the idea of a ladder.
We actually bought the bed on Sunday, and Daniel and I put it together that afternoon/evening, with help from his brother and his dad, and thanks to the fact that all four grandparents and an uncle and aunt were around to distract the kids. Yes, eight adults is the right number for keeping two small kids entertained and under control.
The new bed necessitated some redecoration, since it went up on Vivian's side of the room, but I dusted off my crafting skills and made this for Ethan.
We also moved over his rocket decal, although he was insistent that we leave the yellow flowers.
Vivian's got her little space too, with her dollhouse tucked in a corner. We're calling her space the Panda Cave, since she's currently in a panda phase. And the other side of the room is great for all their toys.
4) Mess in the house
5) Noise in the house
6) Snuggles and hugs :(
So far I've spent my day of freedom doing laundry, going to the dentist and walking to the post office. I told my dentist this and he gave me a look of total disapproval. The hygienist suggested that I should take a nap and seemed very disappointed in me when I said that I don't nap. I did assure them that Daniel and I were going out for dinner tonight and he's taking tomorrow off work, so my patheticness wouldn't last long. The people at the grocery store also had suggestions for my free time and I walked away from the checkout line to the sounds of the checker and bagger saying "have a great time while they're gone!" I love my neighborhood- everyone knows us and cares. It's a good feeling.