|The view of Shangri-la from the house|
Sunday night Mom kindly offered to give Eloise a bottle and take the night shift so I went up to the loft (what I call the princess room) to sleep alone... just like I used to do. I spent many nights up there in the princess room day dreaming, looking out my 2nd story window at the woods below, sleeping in the peaceful silence that surrounds the house, and I even waited up there in my wedding dress before walking downstairs with my dad to marry Jason in 2007.
Before crawling into bed Sunday night with a book my sister had given me (reading...something I haven't done since Eloise was born), I walked around the room looking at the pictures on the wall and remembering. It was a strange sensation to realize I was back in this place, but with a baby girl downstairs sleeping in her bassinet. I was no longer the single girl wondering what the future would hold...I was living that future.
I slept 6 straight hours that night and it was heaven. Mom brought my wiggly baby girl up to me at 5:00 a.m. so she could run a 20 miler with some friends and Eloise and I enjoyed a quiet, peaceful morning together. When I went downstairs I made coffee and spent the morning talking with Dad until Mom got home and kept Eloise while I went for my run.
I walked the 0.4 down Shangri-la before starting to run once I got to the main road. I ran on this beautiful, quiet country road not seeing a single car or human the entire way. I did see some turkeys, butterflies, birds and one tiny green snake that I almost stepped on, giving a delayed-reaction "whoop!" and hopping in the air once I realized what it was. I ran 4 miles and felt great in the cool morning air. It was heavenly. Following my run I did one of my Jillian Michael's videos and Mom made me a delicious breakfast sandwich, which is basically a grilled cheese with an egg in it.
The few days I was there eased gently by and we hung out together, enjoying my baby girl and each others company. On Tuesday we put Eloise down for a nap and Mom and I went for a short run together. When we returned we found Dad walking around the house holding her. She had awoken from her nap only to fall asleep again with Dad.
|I love this!|
|A short walk down Shangri-la|
|Rocking on the front porch|
|Part of my view|
|Two of the four kitties that live outside|
I went for one last run down my beautiful country road route and ran 4 miles again in 42:30. That's really good for me these days, especially on this hilly route. I was sad to see my few days in paradise end, although I was glad to get home to see Jason too. We finished up our week with my niece and nephew's karate belt promotion. I can't help but hope Eloise might follow in her cousin's footsteps one day.
|Caroline is the orange/green belt in front|
|Caleb (right) facing an opponent|
|The kids and their fans|
|What Eloise did during the belt test|