On Week 0 Day 2 (Friday night) Audrey wanted Ryan to stay the night with her. He was here most of the day as well. Nathan and I had a slumber party in my room (I put a pillow in between us so that he wouldn't touch me when we were sleeping). Two sisters from my ward came over to help do some deep cleaning - thank you Nancy and Annette - and afterward I told Nathan that I would take him anywhere he wanted for lunch. I expected McDonald's and sort of resigned my self to that outcome. Nathan surprised me, he asked for Olive Garden; yes, I think my expensive tastes are rubbing off on him. Later we went to the Asheville Mall and it was nearly impossible to find a parking spot, apparently the recession does not exist here. Then we came to the hospital to trade off. Ryan took Nathan home and I stayed the night with Audrey.
While Audrey had Ryan in the hospital she took total advantage...because of the unit we are on with pediatric oncology there is a playroom just down the hall; well, Audrey and Ryan visited the playroom at least three times, took walks up and down the hall, she would have him start a movie and five minutes into the movie would decide she wants another one. Yup, little girl has daddy wrapped around her finger! I don't even let her choose the movies anymore and won't change them for her until they are finished.
Oh, one funny little story about yesterday: Nathan and I were in the men's department at Belk, looking for a Christmas tie for Uncle Justin (who is serving his mission in Idaho). Nathan wanted to hide under the tables so I was getting after him and he said, "I should have never been a kid." I questioned him as to what he meant by that. He said, "I should have been a wild animal so nobody can yell at me." It broke my heart and I gave him a hug and explained that it is scary when he hides because I don't know where he is. Today it is really funny though. What a mind, he knows that parents get after children and wild animals are free from all of that!
We should be going home first thing tomorrow morning! Grandma Karen is on the airplane as I am posting this entry!