Monday, December 17, 2012

Savoring the moments

This past weekend was an emotional one for sure, after news came out Friday about the school shooting I just sat at my desk in tears. I've never wanted to leave work so badly to see Hunter and just hug and kiss him. Now that I'm a parent these kind of tragedies hit so much harder. The thought of something horrific like that happening to my child is absolutely terrifying. It's heartbreaking that he has to grow up in a world where something as simple as going to school isn't even safe. It really made me so grateful for every little moment I spent with him this weekend.

I wanted to do something happy and Christmasy so we took Hunter to see Santa for the first time. When we got there our neighbor who has a 20 month old son wound up in line right behind us so that made things more fun. Hunter did great, he looked at Santa a bit (more specifically his beard) probably wondering who the hell this hairy guy was but then just went with it. We didn't get any big smiles out of him but at least he's not crying or looking terrified so that's a win. Next year we may not get so lucky. Our neighbors son Fa-Reaked out which I must admit was a bit funny to watch.

Hunter has been a VERY good boy this year.
 
Afterwards we just walked around the mall a bit, only buying a few gag gifts for Kristian's dad and uncle.
 
That night my mother-in-law came over to watch Hunter so that Kristian and I could have a much needed date night. We haven't gone out alone on a Saturday night in months because Kristian has been out hunting every Saturday for the past 3 months. We had a very nice dinner and actually got to relax and have an adult conversation which shockingly did not revolve around our son. We then drove around looking at Christmas lights and listening to Christmas music. Nothing exciting but just a nice evening with my husband.
 
After what happened on Friday spending Saturday doing fun things with my little family was a much needed distraction and something that I savored every minute of.

4 comments:

Stephanie said...

I think that's a great picture of Hunter with Santa! Your date night sounds perfect too. JJ and I used to love driving through all the fancy neighborhoods looking at Christmas lights. We should do that again...

princess apr said...

Because of where Laura was born in the year, we got 2 nice Santa pictures before the crying one. It was only one year though. She's always loved her the Santa. Except when she was 2. *g*

It's nice to have a date night!

palmtreemama said...

What a sweet photo of Hunter with Santa! :) Glad you two got to get out on a date night. It is so nice to do that from time to time. And I used to love driving around looking at all the Christmas lights. So pretty!!

AmyJean {Relentless Bride®} said...

Man, i've been so absent - and during that time Hunter has grown into such a handsome little boy!! Time flies, i can't believe our babies are now no longer babies.

I love Hunter's santa photo... Annabelle was still very frightened of both her Santas :(