Yesterday was an absolutely WONDERFUL day. Since it was Ellie's birthday, I had my mom watch Sarah and Rachel while Ellie and I went on a birthday excursion. We went downtown to the Gateway and went to Build-a-Bear, went shopping at Gymboree, got a hot chocolate from Starbucks, and then visited my dad at work. We had beautiful weather, albeit a little chilly, and I don't remember the last time Ellie and I had some one on one time. It made me feel like a much more competent mother, too. I couldn't believe how easy parenting was with only one child! And I had Ellie! WOW! She didn't have to yell at me to get my attention away from her other three siblings, I didn't have to change any dirty diapers to leave her unattended, and I didn't have to ask her twice to do anything, which made me think maybe the fact that I have four kids instead of just one or two that accounts for the fact that my house is never quite clean, the laundry never quite done and my body never quite as energized as it used to be. Either way, I am grateful for all four of my girls, and I wouldn't trade them for anything, but let's just say yesterday was a most refreshing day.
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