Just another update from NH.
For those that may have missed it, Emma and I are in NH. We got here at the end of September, and we are having a blast! We have visited the beach (which was cold, but empty so a lot of fun!), done a ton of crafts, played everyday with cousins, ran around in circles, went hiking, visited family, and way more stuff.
We are, however, excited about heading home. We miss all our family and friends back in Iowa.
Plenty of time for lots more playing with the cousins (and hanging out with my sis).
We leave NH on Friday the 10th. We spend one night on the train, and Gramma picks us up on Saturday night. Emma and I will spend most of the week at Gramma and Boppa's house while Jared concentrates on his finals. His last final is on Thursday, so once he is done with that, he will pack the dog up then join us.
We can't wait.
Aside from just being excited to see Jared, we plan to celebrate an early Christmas with Gramma and Boppa.
We will head home on Sunday, unpack, clean up the house, and snuggle with each other. On Monday, Emma has a Dr. appointment, Tuesday is her birthday (which means a movie, her choice of restaurant for lunch, and a trip to Toys R Us), and Wednesday will be another lazy day with some packing thrown in. Thursday, Jared, Emma and I will pick up a rental car, Gramma will head down to pick up Emma and we will finish packing. Friday Emma, Gramma, and Icky will head back to Gramma's while Jared and I will head for AZ.
Why AZ? Last year, Jared, Emma, and I made a Quick Trip to the Desert to visit our friends and attend the Voodoo New Years Party. Oh, and it is warm there.
Everyone had a blast. Jared and I had so much fun that we have been talking all year about going back again this New Years.
Emma, apparently, did not have as much fun as us (or she just REALLY misses Gramma). When I mentioned the trip to Emma, the first thing she asked was, "Can I stay with Gramma while you and Da go?"
"Um, I guess if it is ok with Da and Gramma."
Jared was a little hesitant. We had a really great time last year, and the thought of not having Emma with us made both Jared and I a little sad. But as soon as I realized that this would be our first vacation -just the two of us- I was sort of excited. I mean, I love my kid, she is the best, but every parent needs a little bit of a break every 5 years or so.
Some of you might be saying, "Doesn't Emma go to her Gramma's pretty often?"
Yes, Emma does go to Gramma's a lot, but when you are child free in your own home, that just means more time to work on the to-do list.
Gramma, of course, was super excited at the thought of having Emma for almost 2 weeks. This will be Emma's longest stay without us. And me with out her.
I think we can make it. Tears may be involved at some point, but I will just blow my nose, give her a call, and I will be fine.
So, we are all really excited. Emma gets to spend Christmas with Gramma and Boppa (who tend to celebrate Christmas with more enthusiasm then Jared and I do), Jared and I finally get a honeymoon (2 nights in Vegas baby!) after 6 1/2 years of marriage, and we all get to relax, recharge, and have a good time.
Want to know what the the best part will be though?
Everyone finally being back home. Together.