Today was the first day back at school from Christmas break. I have been SO sad! Derek was off for 20 days (the entire time Evan was out of school...I KNOW!), and we really had the best time together. I hated for it to end. I told Derek I was going to be in a bad mood today. LOL! I knew we would all be in store for a rude awakening because we have been staying up late and sleeping in (no schedule whatsoever). I was pleasantly surprised that Ella Grace popped up at 5:45 a.m. (just a few minutes before the alarm) and Evan arose at his 6:30 a.m. wake-up call with little protest. We left for school on time, but I was miserable because it was 29 degrees and raining! UGH! I was soaked by the time I got Evan into school and Ella Grace loaded back in the car. It ended up being a good day anyway. I took a nap with EG on this cold, rainy day, and it was THE best! That's what rainy days are for, right???
Just a couple of things while on our little vacation...Derek and I got to have a couple of date nights. On one of our dates, we went to see Marley and Me. It is such a good movie. It is very true to life in regards to starting a family and having a pet. Our family has yet to have a pet. We are hoping for a companion dog for Evan soon (most of them look like Marley or are Golden Retrievers...SOOOO cute), and this movie made me realize how a pet really is part of the family. I cried A LOT (and Derek cried, too, although he probably doesn't appreciate me announcing it on my blog...ha!). Derek said it reminded him of a modern day "Old Yeller," and I think he is right.
After the movie, we went to Outback and on our way out we saw a double rainbow. I haven't ever seen one before. Have you? It was so pretty and I think the most vibrant I have ever seen. next to the gray sky. How blessed we are that God reminds us of his promises in such a beautiful way!
Have you had any luck with after Christmas sales? I rarely shop sales after Christmas, but I did find a few cute things for the house that were marked down. Also, my friend Jamie is so good to let me know when one of our favorite stores in town is having a big sale. I went and bought a couple of Christmas dresses for Ella Grace for next year. They were initially 50% off, and the day I went, they were marked down further to 50% off the 50%. I couldn't pass up a deal like that. I saved around $95! Isn't that crazy?! They didn't have anything in Evan's size really, which I was kind of bummed about, but EG is set. I can't believe I bought a size 3! It's hard to believe she will be that big in short of 11 months!
If you get a chance, check out my handsome husband here playing the Star Spangled Banner on the guitar. He's going to be embarrassed I mentioned it, but he had uploaded some of his songs to YouTube and this one is definitely my favorite. He is self-taught, which amazes me. Hopefully, Evan and Ella Grace will inherit his musical talent. :)
I hope you are all off to a great week. I don't know about you, but I'm SO excited about Harper's arrival!!! I'm checking Kelly's Korner about every hour. I have a feeling I'm not the only one. :)