Really lovely day, although it started somewhat unexpectedly. Dan and I both ended up with insomnia last night. He woke up at 3:45 and I woke up at 4:30. He got called in to the hospital and half and hour later I decided that sleep was not coming to me and got out of bed...but then heard him coughing downstairs...but it was dark downstairs. Turns out he had escaped the hospital call but still couldn't sleep. So we stayed up together and made tea, ate some pastries, and chatted for an hour. Then we each caught an hour's nap before the kids woke up (they slept in until 7:30, wow). I liked starting the day quietly together. We almost never get morning time alone like that.
Dan took the day off so that I could have more flexible time today. He did the preschool drop-off and pick-up and shopped with Reese. I went to yoga and then had an impromptu lunch with two of the girls from my class at a little restaurant that I never noticed before on Cary Street. All three of us are expecting our babies during the week of Thanksgiving. Three hugely pregnant women in a booth at a restaurant, drooling over the menu and plotting dessert, is rather amusing. After our meal, I went to Stony Point - found some corduroys for me and even got a little bit of Christmas shopping done. Then off for a mid-afternoon "dinner" with the boys at the Cheesecake Factory at the mall closer to our house. I wish I'd brought my camera, because afterward I took the boys over to the fountains in that portion of the mall and Reese discovered the koi swimming in one of the pools. He also soaked one leg when he stepped off the edge of the pool but was really excited about it and wanted to show off to Griff: "Diffin! Hey, Diffin! Look at me! Look at my leg!" We headed home at that point for cake and presents. Dan and both boys made the cake, which turned out perfectly. Griffin had a present for me that he had thought up and made at school on his own initiative.
I should get a shot of his gift - it's a bracelet that he made with two beads that he found at school. He told Anna (one of his teachers) that his mom's birthday was "coming up" and that he wanted to make me a bracelet. He planned and executed it, got Anna to tie it off, and then wrapped it himself and kept it a secret. He told Dan about the package in his mailbox that morning and asked Dan to help him remember to bring it home. I was pretty impressed by his planning and ability not to tell me about it ahead of time.
Here's the wrapped package. Not the box with the flowers on it (that's from Dan) . It's the little piece that looks like a crumpled cash register receipt. The bracelet was very carefully wrapped in a tiny piece of tissue paper and then taped. Griff is VERY proud of his gift and I'm really touched at this first gift that is completely from him. I'll snap a photo of the bracelet later.
Really lovely day and a nice start to the weekend, too.