I wanted to leave Virginia at 8am but I woke up about 7:30 so that wasn't happening. By the time I ran, packed up, ate, packed the car and got into the car it was more like almost 11am.
FFffffftttt!! We had a good 12 hour drive ahead of us. The good part was now it was daylight and we could see what we sped past in the middle of the night when we drove up.
On the way down we took the map directions because we didn't know any better so we drove through Washington DC. Olivia was awake and it was like 5am so we saw the Capital Building and talked about all the awesome places in our Capital. That was pretty cool as I have been wanting to take a trip there to see them myself.
On the way back Dennis gave us some advice to avoid the city traffic which would be not so cute in the middle of the day. Phew!
The traffic sucked in NYC and CT. The 4 miles to the GW Bridge sign that stated 44 minutes wasn't a great read but we survived and made it home around Midnight.
Let me remind you this was what I jammed into my weekend.
Monday was the girls first day back after Thanksgiving break and all the kids told the story about their Elf returning. I was hit with a very emotional kid asking where Smurfette was and how she was never coming now that I had thrown the box that she came in out. She lived there Mom!
My only suggestion was to write her a letter and ask her to return.
So as soon as they went to bed this elf got to work. I slowly and quietly started bringing up Christmas decorations. I took down all the pumpkins, leaves and regular stuff on the mantle and replaced it with Christmas stuff.
I finally made a Sorry banner, a letter from Smurfette and Smurfette herself appeared.
As it turns out she was late because she was home sick in bed with the elf flu. THAT EXPLAINS IT!
It is now Tuesday and I am still hungover. Clearly you see why.
Tonight I am trying to attend a class on Stress, Anxiety and Depression in Teens. I need all the tools I can get for myself and my very grown up 11 year old.
Add dinner, help with homework, and a run and my day will be complete.
I would say that I need a mental health day but really my mental health is pretty damn good right now. Now I just need a nap.