It is almost time to go back to school (for us tomorrow), so SugarBear and I took the opportunity last week to spend some quality time together. I've always tried to make each of the kids feel special, but for SugarBear that can sometimes take a little more. You see, he sacrificed significantly when we opened our home to foster care and while he gained 3 siblings in the process he also lost much of the attention that being an only child had allotted him for most of his young life. Most notable by him was the loss of his "Mommy Time". We are now raising 4 children, 2 of which have special needs that can at times dominate our life. SugarBear rarely mentions it, but I can see it from time to time. Moreover, he is quickly approaching the "teen" years and I want to make sure our bond is as strong as ever. Hence, we took a week off for some much needed "Mommy Time".
Because it was a last minute decision I was shopping around for a deal and found one on a cruise line we had not tried before. The rate was right, the ports of call were interesting, so we booked it. The good thing about my darling husband traveling so much is that we have airline miles to use when we want to get somewhere, but do to the last minute nature of this particular trip we couldn't be conservative like we usually are with our miles. SugarBear and I flew First Class there and back. He felt fancy. He dabbed the corners of his mouth with his napkin during the in-flight meal. He sat up a little straighter. He smiled so much that he glowed.
We had a great time on our trip visiting Costa Maya, Roatan, Belize City and Cozumel and made many, many happy memories. We shared fits of laughter each day and soaked up one another's attention. One day anther girl will take my place, but I am thankful to be the one he wants to spend time with for now.
As for the boys that stayed at home with Dad ... they did boy stuff. They took the Jeep off-road, had dessert every day, tamed 4 of our hens, shoveled dirt, cut down slash, worked on riding their bikes over obstacles, sanded a chair and set around our camp fire. They needed to spend some time bonding with Dad and they got that chance. He is now their hero and the most knowledgable person they know about many, many things. They had no idea that Daddy could be so much fun!
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