I realized today that I haven't posted since Valentine's Day. That day, of course, was wonderful. But then last week happened.
I knew it was coming. My grandmother's health had been steadily declining since the beginning of the year, and I'd had a hunch for more than a month that this would be 'the week.' And it was. My mother called at 4 a.m. Wednesday to let me know that she was on her way up to Kansas and would be grabbing my sister on the way. I waited by the phone all day until I got the word around 4:30 p.m., and then I went up Thursday morning to help my mother with final arrangements. Oz was amazing and took care of the kids all day Thursday and Friday, including finding an entire outfit for Doodlebug and a new dress for Boo, before bringing them up for the funeral Saturday morning. (No, I'm not sad. It was time. So no need for condolences.)
We got back home late yesterday afternoon. It was odd driving home and realizing that I now have almost no reason to go back up to Kansas. I've promised my great-aunt that I'll swing by to say hi to her if I'm up, but that might - might - be once a year, not the 3-4 times a year I'd been making the drive before. So that was weird.
Last week was also an interest-led week around here. I wish I was clever enough to have taken photos or videos of their presentations, but since we just did them this morning, I was tired and didn't. Doodlebug studied particle accelerators and made a poster about them (he typed up quite the paper!); Boo studied rodents and made a Powerpoint presentation.
Then this is the last week of February already. Spring Break is coming up quickly, and I have only a month to get ready for Boo's 9th birthday, and I haven't even begun to get her gifts yet. I don't even know what to get her, if I'm honest. What do you get a 9-year-old girl? I'm at a loss.
So if I'm absent for the next few weeks, just pretend you don't notice. March is going to be a hot mess. I'll be back sooner or later, and I'm thinking of you all!