Yesterday was another relaxing day with lots of time spent outside enjoying the Arizona winter weather. Monica tells me the summer is beyond miserable around here (and I believe her!) so now was definately the time to come.
This is just how a "winter break" should be. I haven't planned to be very busy (though there are a couple other friends I'm hoping/planning to see over the next several days) and I'm hoping to be refreshed and ready to head back to reality and winter by next Wenesday (though, truthfully, as far as winters go, Virginia is fairly mild compared to what I've been used to in the past).
Yesterday morning, Monica, Abbie, Sierra and I headed to a nearby park. Sierra had a great time. She's so funny, and so much fun lately. I can really see her developing into a "little girl" and it just seems so crazy that not all that long ago she was this tiny, immobile, completely dependent baby. Now she's running up the steps of the playground, sliding down the slide by herself, playing in the sand, climbing, jumping, chasing bubbles, giggling like crazy as I push on the swing and just generally being a very busy little girl.
All that running about wore Sierra out because she went down for a nap earlier than usual, which meant she went to bed earlier than usual, after a bath. Normally, she just has a bath every-other-night, but even though she had one the previous night, yesterday involved putting sand in her hair in the morning, then putting peanut butter in her hair in the afternoon, then putting pasta sauce in her hair at dinner.
Speaking of dinner, I subjected Mark and Monica to my cooking last night (and plan to do so again tonight). I'm so grateful that they are letting us stay with them for a week and buying and making a couple dinners is the least I can do. Last night was pasta with turkey meatballs and tonight will be chicken quesadillas. Good stuff.