Last weekend Henry went to South Carolina. Nick and I stayed home. This was big news, and the fact that I somehow never blogged about it is still a mystery to me. He went with Nick's mom to visit his SC family for his Great-Mawmaw's birthday. You all, we missed him. We missed him bad. It wasn't the first time for me or Nick to be away from Henry for three nights, but it was the first time for Henry to be away from both of us and away from his home for that long. In the past Nick or I have been the ones gone, so this was totally different. All of a sudden it was just the two of us with our empty house full of toys. With Henry not just at his grandparents house, but a fill six hours and three states away. Nick and I spent time with friends, went out to dinners and movies and bars. We had a wonderful child free weekend, and couldn't wait to get our arms around our sweet boy as soon as he got home.
When they first arrived in South Carolina I talked to my mother-in-law to see how he did with the drive. She told me he did great. That he watched Toy Story, he loved the tunnels, he was perfect. Then she told me something that, even though I didn't see myself, has become this picture I keep thinking of in my mind over the last week.
While driving through the mountains Henry was napping. He woke up and the sun was shinning in the back window. He took both his hands and put them up behind his head and turned his face towards the sun and smiled. Just kicked back, relaxing and enjoying the beautiful drive through the mountains. And I can picture it because it is SO Henry. My sweet sweet boy being his laid back self. Just along for the ride through the mountains to see his family. Happy and content. It is a tiny thing, but that picture of him, I love it so.
*This picture has nothing to do with this story, but it sure does show his sweetness.