When Molly arrived I was relieved. How funny to say that about a puppy, but it is so true. I held her and hugged her. She is a wonderful replacement behavior for all of us! On our way to school, Teddy hugged Molly tightly. He petted her and she nibbled on his ear, practically hugging him. I could see how relaxed he was holding that little ball of white fluff. As we walked to his classroom, he reached over and took me by the hand. I looked over at him and smiled! I didn't want to make a big deal about him holding my hand because he'd probably let go. However, his simple gesture restored my heart to its proper place....being the best mom ever!
Nina and I spent the day together with Molly. The "girls" napped mid morning and then we did a little shopping. When we picked up Teddy, he jumped in and the car and immediately said, "Why Nina you are prettier than ever! Did you have a good day?" Nina laughed out loud. Nothing motivates her like her brother's words of love!!
Teddy's maturity and growth over the past 6 months is nothing less than astounding! In fact, my dad had commented on it during their last visit. Back at home, Teddy finished his homework without a single bit of attitude and actually thanked me :) He then helped Nina play Sponge Bob Wii for about 30 minutes before excusing himself to go play outside.
My day had started off terribly but I was determined to make it good. While shopping, Nina and I had picked up supplies for flank steak salad. Actually it's not my salad but Giada DeLaruentis' and it's always a hit. Shortly after 5 I started to grill the steak. Within a few minutes, Nina asked when dinner was being served :) It felt great to grill the steak, roast the red peppers, make the dressing. I felt "normal".
Dinner was a smash hit with everyone, especially Nina. Per usual, I fixed her a small plate to start off with while I finished assembling the rest. As I worked in the kitchen, Nina shouted out for me, "Mama, come here!" I told her I'd be right there. She shouted 2 more times within a second, each time more forcefully. As I walked up toward her I joked, "I'm scared Nina....are you gonna smack me?" She laughed as she took a bite of steak and said, "Thank you mama....the chicken beef is soooo yummy!! It's too yummy!" My heart melted and I kissed her sweet face!