Today was our first day on the road. We were up early (Mere earlier than me), showered, car loaded, and ready to go. The only thing left was to say goodbye to the girlies. Mere woke Layne up and I went into the bedroom and cuddled up next to Syd. I woke her up and said, "It is time for mommy and mama to leave." She groaned and buried her head in the pillow. I thought she was still waking up until Mere mouthed to me, "she is crying." Oh.....our poor little girl. All this time she has acted like us leaving is no big deal. Here we were worried about Layne and it was Syd that was crying. She was hanging on us and said, "I don't want you to go." She has never cried out of sadness....today was the first time. Before today she reserved her tears for pain or trying to get out of trouble. It was truly heartbreaking. It took every little part of me to leave her. I just wanted to call the whole thing off and stay in bed cuddled up next to my girlies. Layne was fine. As we pulled off, she was waving and smiling, perfectly happy in "nanny's" arms. Syd didn't come to the door. We just talked to her a little while ago and both girls ended up at a friend's house playing, eating ice cream, and having fun. My mom said she overheard Syd telling Layne not to put something in her mouth because she would "have to have surgery." Apparently, Layne said, "what is surgery?" Syd said, "An operation. Like what mommy is having. But don't worry because she won't be sick anymore when she gets home."
Mere did great today. We made it to Albuquerque by 8pm, amazing how easy car travel is without kids. I had a very comfortable bed in the back of the van and we have tons of supplies thanks to AWESOME friends. We received several care packages from friends with everything from gum to magazines to games to gift cards. We are so blessed. I will say that the sunset as you drive into New Mexico is beautiful. Some other things we saw (or Mere saw and told me to look at)....lots of windmills, cotton fields, 2 people with California plates, the "largest cross in the Western Hemisphere," and the dinosaur museum. We are going to have to come back to New Mexico so Syd can see the dino museum!
This whole thing is still so surreal. Thank you for Mere, my girls, and our wonderful friends and family.