No new pictures, just a quick post to say we are off tomorrow for 8 days in Costa Rica, ALONE :-) We're really looking forward to some quality time together again. It seems like we JUST went to St. John, but Brad and I were reflecting on the fact that it has actually been 4+ months since we got back. It will be at LEAST 2 years before we get away again for anything major, I would imagine. But that's okay--kids grow up too fast to get too hung up in getting away.
We had a nice weekend, spent mostly cleaning and packing. We went out to breakfast on Saturday and that was nice. Garrett was an absolute gem at IHOP, he hasn't been that good eating out in forever. I got some mommy time when I got my hair bobbed (seriously, I have NO blonde left, I had forgotten how DARK my hair is naturally). Then Garrett got his 2nd professional haircut ever (first with clippers) and did great. He fussed at first, but then he sat on my lap and was content.
I always end up posting how fun he is, and I have to do it again. He's just an absolute blast right now. He is speaking SO much, he "walks" his toys, will strap blue puppy in the stroller and take him for a "walk", will beg to go swimming from the moment he wakes up, and will love on Haylee and Aspen like nothing else. Well, he loves on Aspen anyway . . . he tries with Haylee, but she won't have it. He's in love with milk shakes, but calls them "Ice shakes" because to him, Ice cream is the primary ingredient. Every morning involves cereal and cheese now, he LOVES Apple jacks ever since by little bro came to visit a few weeks back.
Yesterday he ran around the house, non-stop, at full tilt, just to be running. When he throws something to you, or would like you to chase him, he now says "Ready, Set, GO!!!". At night when we read, he insists his daddy or I cover up with one of his blankets while we read in bed, then asks for kisses for as long as we will give them. The other night he requested "Haylee, kiss! Aspen, kiss" so the doggies had to give him one too.
I know he is going to have a great time when we're gone, seeing how I have had to DRAG him out of the Crider house at least 2 times today. He wanted to stay and play after church, and he wanted to go over for dinner. "Inside, eat, play!" he demanded. So yeah, he'll be fine. Hopefully Haylee and Aspen will be too--I know they miss us. I honestly don't think Garrett will miss us at all . . . he really loves his "Isa, Shull, Randon, Mar mar, and Cair!"
I'm going to try and keep a travel journal this trip, and transfer it to the blog when I get home. I'm so overwhelmed by all the things there are to do in Costa Rica, I just want to REMEMBER what we did and what we did/didn't like . . .
I just hope I don't miss my little guy too much. When we went away in December, I was so desperate for a break I didn't miss him all that much until half way through our trip. This time around, he is so much more fun and less work (especially since the number of dirty diapers is down to 3ish a day, gotta love PT!). But I am sure Brad and I will find a way to survive.
So, until May--ADIOS!! By this time tomorrow, we will be chillin' in CR. :-)