Daddy surprised him by taking the day off to spend with him. They've been playing cars, doing puzzles, and vegging on the couch watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. The conversations and glances have been sparse, but it's about the quality time today. They are both getting full tanks.
And speaking of full tanks, this upcoming month, Daddy and Mommy are planning on getting a new family vehicle. It's been an adventure to say the least. Yesterday we took the boys up to a few car lots by our house (we live a few minutes from something in our area called the "auto mile"--dealerships of every kind in a one mile expanse--it's like a candy shop for big kids) Everything was closed, and that's how we like it. No hassles, no salespeople, and the boys were able to give us their opinions as we walked around as a family.
We found a few top choices. (Ethan picked a metallic blue sporty looking Volvo and told us, "Mom, we could fit if we squeezed in...") As Dan and I discussed options, thought through fuel economy, and got real with downsizing, Isaac was simply enjoying the view from the backseat of a Subaru Forester. I found myself watching him in the rear view mirror of our test vehicle. I realized, the scenery wasn't anything new (we were only a few minutes from our home) but it was from a new perspective.
It's amazing what a fresh perspective can do, isn't it? When we have seen something the same way for so long, it only takes another look to see it in a different way; to appreciate it with new eyes.