I'm at Long Beach airport, waiting to board a plane that will take me 400 miles away from my loves again. Winter break for App Academy is done for me, and the grind starts back up on Thursday.
Emi has changed considerably since mid-November, when I first left. She uses words and phrases she must have picked up from books and television, in other words, not from Tim or me. Examples: "That was so random!", "I'm ready when I'm ready!", and that argh-growl of absolute frustration that every sister has perfected by the time they are 10. She is precocious in that department.
Isaac has grown into quite the proper young gent. Without being asked to, he picks up things I drop, beaming if I say thank you, smiling curtly if I don't. He reads to his little sister for hours sometimes, or plays imaginary games with her until both of them are lost in the ether, hazy eyes snapping back into focus when I announce dinner or bath time. He is still doing really well in school. When we went to Barnes & Noble to redeem some gift certificates he received for his birthday, he chose the sequel to Chris Colfer's "The Land of Stories," a book on the assassination of JFK, a book on other celebrity deaths, and a brain teaser workbook. He's well on his way to being an awesome tween.
We are doing well! Six more weeks of separation, then on to our next big adventure.
2014 is the Year of the Horse: MY year. Watch out, world.
We wish you and your loved ones a healthy and prosperous 2014!