I found the cure for the Winter Blues. It's my mom! She surprised us (she called on a Monday and said she might come and then on Wednesday there she was!) and gave us all a great big dose of (grand)motherly love. Exactly what we needed.
Whenever someone leaves after visiting it feels like the house is a big empty cave. I love when people are here because they fill it with laughter, joy, security, fun, and the chance to be a kid again and get taken care of a little bit.
The kids enjoyed playing games, watching monster truck "movies" (history channel special) and Extreme Home Makeover, playing Wii, eating lunch at Landon's school, making pearler bead creations, building race cars and airplanes, and being tucked into bed with back scratches, hugs, and made up stories.
I enjoyed just having her here. Sometimes it just feels so good to be a kid again; let Mom be in charge. Oh, not to mention someone else cooking dinner - the Chicken Caccitore was awesome. Thanks for coming Mom. You left me rejuvenated. I love you.