Friday, December 29, 2006

Dim to Light

A day off for me. Yeah ! I firmly believe that we should be given more 3 day weekends. Yes, 3 day weekends and 4 day work weeks. Or maybe I should be wishing for it to be the other way around. Now we're talking !

The bad mom that I am, I took Elaina to the babysitter's house while I enjoyed some down time. I feel bad admitting that I consider my "down time" time without Elaina, but I know when I desperately need some time alone. I spent the rest of the morning cleaning my house before I rewarded myself with some guilt-free shopping. I finally hit some after Christmas sales and found some great buys. The best part was that I was able to take my time browsing and actually was able to give much thought and consideration to making my purchases. Although Elaina is a good shopper, I sometimes feel like I'm caught in a juggling act as Elaina wants a particular book from my bag while I'm trying to make sure I know where her binky, sippy or snack trap is located at all times and I try to be fair to her in how much time I spend in a particular store. Today was pure selfish.

I did remember to go home at a decent hour and get ready to go to calling hours. Since we live so close to the funeral home, we decided to go a few minutes before it began and take Elaina, thinking that we would be in and out in no time at all. WRONG. We arrived at 5:55 for visitation that began at 6:00. We waited in line for at least 30 minutes before we were able to pay our respects to the family. Thank God we had the sense to take the snack trap loaded with Goldfish and the binky. I felt a little bit bad bringing Elaina along with us, but then again, I intended to be in and out much sooner than we were. No one seemed to mind as we got compliments on how well behaved she was and cute she is. Our sweet girl was quiet and charming the entire time.
Once we arrived home, we were ready to change into our sittin'-around-the-house-clothes. Elaina decided this would be an opportune time for her ring-around-the-rosey dance in her diaper. She was so funny and ready to burn off some energy. We all danced around and sang songs before rolling on the floor in a tickle fest. Elaina was so wound and having so much fun, she let a big 'ol slobber roll out of her mouth in the midst of her laughter, which landed (of course) directly into my mouth ! Nice.

That's our Dancing Queen !

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