We have returned!
These last few days have been spent with family, reveling in the warmth and joy of the Christmas season. It was amazing, and perfect, in so many imperfect little ways, that I hated to leave the place that will always be home.
But, then, we walked into our front door this afternoon. Miles ran around, rediscovering all of his favorite toys, and squealing with delight at each of them. Dominic ran straight upstairs, convinced that maybe the cat would be there to play with him. And Patrick and I stood in the doorway, and sighed the happy sigh of returning to our own space, and our own routine.
I expect that the next few days will be filled with stories of our exploits with extended family. But for now, we are going to straighten things up, empty the luggage, and just breathe.
Love and happiness to all of you.