It had been a very long and exhausting day. We started with kickboxing very early, then treat bag shopping, then swimming lesson. Leif and Kate started a little later, getting Kate off to gymnastics.  Back home, there was snowman making fun, and a snowball fight, then lunch. Off to Cameron’s birthday party! You can imagine how high the kids were flying. By the end of the party I had a very happy, and overwhelmed, exhausted, and somewhat teary little guy clinging to me.

There was still a flurry of wrapping paper, tissue paper, cards and gift bags to come once we got home again. It seems to be the way that things are done now, presents don’t get unwrapped at the party itself. When you’re paying big bucks for a couple of hours of fun for the kids, there’s just not enough time for everything. Still feels weird. Oh well.

It was a big day for Kate too, who was also teary and exhausted by the end of it.

So we toned things down for the remainder of the evening, and did something we hadn’t done in a long time.

A jumbled heap of happy family on the couch, curled up in warm blankets, arms around each other. Buttered popcorn in bowls. Movie night – we watched some of Spirited Away.

Which is a very odd movie.

It was like a scene from my Perfect Day.


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