so i'm all smiles and giggles today - well, maybe not ALL, but the percentage is high. why? you ask...
tomorrow i fly to BC for a long-awaited weekend away. Scott has taken multiple trips since we've arrived in this fair land of Saskatoon, and has been holding out a glittering carrot of hope: "one day i'm going to send you away for a weekend". granted, most of his trips have been workish ones, but many have also included an extra day to see family and friends. so, i'm cashing in! the glittering carrot has been turned into coconut carrot cupcakes and will travel with me. i just returned from the library with a juicy novel in hand, i've got a book of crosswords (they make me feel smart and stupid at the same time), and a box of wool and knitting books awaiting me across the border in Washington. it feels surreal that i'll be in the arms of my dear friends in a mere 24 hours. hoorah!
i will miss my family however. my kids are in this glorious stage of imaginative play. last night they spent a full hour with polly pockets in the bathroom sink. and sunday night they slept together in a tent in one of their bedrooms. my son crawled into bed with me a few mornings ago (he still gives me daily morning snuggles, something i'm going to hold onto until it gets glaringly awkward) and he said "mom, i just gave my sister some snuggles. it was AWESOME! i told her she was pretty". come on!! that is just riches, riches on riches.
and, of course, i will miss my husband. my marriage is a sleepover with my very best friend every day of the week (with great benefits). i do not look forward to a cold bed, and to phone conversations that always leave me feeling short-changed. life is always better spent when spent with him.
but i'll manage.
we are definitely into winter here in the prairies. scott went for a run in snow and a temp of minus ten on the weekend - my own personal Rocky! i asked if he yelled "Jaaannnneeettt" in a voice that sounded like his nose is broken. but he didn't. shame.
we also went tobogganing on monday as a family - it's always good to feel that you are coming close to death on remembrance day. this was my first time on a sled in 9 years - i've been nursing a damaged tailbone. so, when i ended up rocketing down a hill BACKWARDS with my daughter, i panicked. i bailed. i'm sorry to say that i didn't feel the worst of it, poor girl. i am in need of some basic training in my war with snow, obviously. today the sun is bright and the shadows blue and the ground white - it is truly beautiful. but i am looking forward to seeing some green :).
well, i'm off to pack and clean the on-suite. or, at least pack. i'll see many on you soon!