Nina and Clifton arrived for the holidays last night. It is amazing how much having them here wakes up my all too sleepy home. Clifton's bundle of 2 year old energy was enough to confound the dog and send the cat into hiding. He loves the front and back stairs that lead into different points of the living room and made good use of them. He then decided to check out the hutch to see if there were any new toys there. Instead he found the picture of him and his dad that was taken shortly after his father came home from the last deployment to Iraq. Clifton climbed until I realized what he was after and handed the picture over to him. I know I am being indulgent, but the kid doesn't get to have his dad around this Thanksgiving, he should at least be able to hold a picture of him. He gave the picture a kiss and said "I love you Daddy." It broke my heart. Lizzie and I were both crying.
For dinner I made mac and cheese and green beans and Clifton sat on the stool and actually ate his dinner. This is amazing to me because the kid usually doesn't eat anything I fix for him. After dinner was bath splash and story time and he then didn't want to go to sleep, but that's just a kid for ya.
I'm glad to have my family here. I wish they could all be here, but I'll take what I can get.