I've been soaking up a new book during the evenings after Anna goes to sleep. As I settled into bed at Blake's parents' on Wednesday night, I pulled The Pact, by Jodi Picoult, off of the bookshelf, expecting to read a few pages and quickly fall asleep. I forgot to bring my current read with me, which I've still been tackling one page at a time, so I was shocked when, for the first time in almost 17 months, I didn't pass out. In fact, I read for an hour before forcing myself to put the book down and go to sleep. Every night since, I've snuggled up with the same book, relishing the words, the characters, and the little bit of escape. I'm not sure if it's the book or the fact that we've been getting longer stretches of uninterrupted sleep at night, in spite of, or maybe because of, Anna's hit-or-miss nap routine. Regardless, I'm enjoying the process, and I'm hoping I can finally finish The Poisonwood Bible soon.
We were invited to Kevin and Alicia's on Saturday along with our friends Steve and Casey. It had been many months since we had all three kids together, and it was the first time that all 9 of us hung out, ever! Our gatherings are a bit different than they were in the past, with much less alcohol being consumed and much more refereeing going on. Anna (17 months), Aidan (14 months), and Cassidy (12 months) had fun and played as toddlers typically do...mostly next to each other rather than with each other. At some point, Sweet Pea, the bravest of their two cats, made a brief appearance, which set Anna off on a mission to find her again. She repeated "Pea!" obsessively until Kevin finally brought the cat downstairs again. She didn't stop saying "Pea!" all night after we arrived home. Sweet Pea even made it into Anna's sleep talking script last night.
Casey and Cassidy, Me and Anna, Alicia and Aidan
Aidan loving the camera.
The family room turned playroom.
We also did some indoor Christmas decorating this weekend, and somehow, I convinced Blake to add more to our outside display. We bought a not-too-tacky lighted snowman and tree to put on our front porch. If we add something new every year we'll look like the Griswolds before too long.
All in all, we enjoyed our long weekend and our time at home. I'm going to miss Blake when he goes back to work tomorrow, and I'm already looking forward to next weekend; we're putting up our Christmas tree!