Notes from Paula

We had a great weekend! Yesterday we wore the kids out with shopping and beach time. Both kids loved the beach. Ellie was not remotely intimidated by the water. She jumped right in. Josh was a little more hesitant and sat at the shore line, half in – half out. Today was much quieter. Ellie, Josh, and Sean all took naps at the same time – nice and peaceful for me. Both kids seemed to want to hang around the house and especially hang around Mommy. This is only interesting because tomorrow I leave for two days in Kansas. The kids seem to know when I will be gone and are very clingly and needy the day before. One of them will no doubt have a fever tomorrow. Of course I am racked with guilt over being gone from them for more than a usual work day! I keep a separate journal for them in which I write little notes about once a month or so; however, I always write the night before I leave for one of these trips. My fears of being gone from the kids are an equal mix of worrying about them missing me and worrying about them not missing me!! I love parenthood; it’s such an adventure.

Josh and Ellie are interacting more and more. Today Josh spent most of the morning terrorizing her by pulling her hair and basically trying to steal every toy she picked up. She works very hard to move away from him rather than throwing a tantrum. In the afternoon, they played together for about ten minutes. She talked him through some pretend game she was playing and he was so delighted to be included, he sat without grabbing a curl the entire time. She also gave him considerable encouragement as he tried to walk, clapping, cheering, and even throwing in a “Good job Josh.” They’re such a joy!! I miss them already and even though I haven’t left yet, I can’t wait to get back.