10:00 PM: We skipped another day again yesterday--sorry about that! Randall and I thought we were going to have all day yesterday to work at home, but Elisabeth developed some aversion to going to Countryside. We eventually gave in and let her stay home (we should have stood our ground, but it's tough sometimes). Not having Elisabeth go made Sophie very upset, but I was able to drop her off and escape with some distractions. We ended up having a very nice day with Elisabeth, who cleaned up her room (much needed) and some of Sophie's room (she makes more of a mess in Sophie's room than Sophie ever does), and played independently most of the rest of the time.
Today both girls happily went to Countryside. I worked hard all day trying to finish up the revision of that article I'm working on (it's due Friday!). Randall drove up to Durham to return the rental car and pick up our Honda. He also did some more Christmas shopping. He says he's done (whether he has everything or not, he's tired of the crowds). Randall's mom arrives tomorrow, and we can't wait! The girls will go to Countryside in the morning--Sophie has a party in her class. Sophie is also having a blood test tomorrow--the home health nurse said she would be happy to meet us at Countryside so Sophie won't have to miss anything. Then we'll head out to the airport. We had planned to do some shopping in the afternoon. I don't know how Randall's shopping moratorium will affect those plans. Stay tuned.
We are really enjoying the Christmas cards (and letters--we love reading those!) from our friends and family. Our Christmas letter has now been drafted, and Randall bought paper and cartridges today, so we hope to get ours out soon. It was tough writing the letter this year. I'm pretty sure most everyone on our list knows about Sophie, but finding the right words to sum up this year was challenging. Luckily, I procrastinated long enough that Randall wrote it (and did a nice job!).