On Monday, I surprised Elijah by pulling him out of school in the morning to spend the day with me.
We started off by making our living room into a "movie theater", making hot tea, popcorn and chocolate, and renting a The Pirates! Band of Misfits.
I let him pick out a restaurant for lunch. ("I want Mama Fu's! Because the brown shiny rice is my favorite.")
Yes, my inner-twelve-year-old was snickering wildly when we cracked this fortune open....if you've never put "in bed" at the end of a cookie fortune....please forgive me for sullying your mind -- move along, nothing to see here.
After lunch we went to pick out some yarn for Elijah's hat and mitten set that I'm going to knit him this winter, and he also picked out these cheap foam sun-visors for himself and everyone else. Those visors + a whole heck of a lot of stickers produced hours of fun that afternoon after we picked up Jonah from school, so I was glad he thought of it!
The last stop before going to get Jonah from school was to hang out at Starbucks for a little bit. It was really special to get some time to really listen to Elijah. I love having a whole pack of children, but it's a special treat to get the chance to have such a good chunk of one-on-one time too.