Patiently, Tommy stood by and cheered Joey on through all three of his Student of the Month awards. Now that Tommy is a big 'ol first grader he can receive the prestigious award as well and he has been doing all he can to achieve it. So careful in his work, trying his best, a flawless attitude.
Today it was Tommy's turn to receive his Student of the Month award.
Today it was his turn to get the applause and pose for the picture.
Way to go, Tommy! I knew you could do it! Congratulations!
Soon I will be taking my own turn as well.
For the past few years Todd has been the one to take little trips and getaways. A few hunting trips. A visit or two with friends. Each time he would come back home, thank me for the time away, and urge me to take a mini vacation of my own. It just was never that easy for me to get away. I have a few close friends but they all live far away. If I wasn't pregnant or breastfeeding a baby than my friends were. The last time I was away from my family (it was just for one night) was three years ago when my best friend and I went to a concert and I was pregnant with Grace. It has been a while.
On Thursday I am flying to Oklahoma (all by myself) to visit my bestie. Our lives have finally synced up and made it possible for a little getaway. I booked a hotel for two nights so that she can get away a little bit too. I am so excited.
I am nervous. I used to love flying. Now it just seems like another way to leave my beautiful children motherless. I know I am in more danger driving my car to the airport than actually flying on the plane (trust me I thought about car accidents too much as well) but I am still paranoid. It is a wonder I am not a shut-in with all the craziness that goes through my head.
And, (don't yell at me) I feel guilty too. I know it is silly but I feel guilty for leaving Todd with the kids for four days. I know that is crazy. He just went hunting and was gone for a week. And he is thrilled that I am finally getting away. But I still feel guilty. I know it is "our" money but the fact that I don't physically make any money makes me feel especially guilty spending it this way. Again, Todd would roll his eyes and tell me that is silly but that's how I feel.
Mostly, though, I am thankful. I am thankful that I have such a capable and willing partner that is excited to give me this opportunity for a little me time. I am thankful that I will get to spend time with my oldest and dearest friend, to see her new house, meet her new friends, and hang out with her and her family. I'm thankful that I know my kiddos will be in good hands and that I will not have to worry about them at all. And, I am thankful that I have such a loving hubby who is more than happy to take turns.