This afternoon I took the girlies out of school early to doll it up for a special party. The kids and I were invited to the State Department's annual Diplomacy At Home For The Holidays. A party in honor of those families who have members on an unaccompanied tour.
Usually the Secretary of State makes a speech and takes photos with the kids. Which is honestly why we made the schlep in. Though she wasn't able to make it, having a private concert by James Taylor somewhat made up for it!
Lots of food. TONS of candy. A cupcake decorating station. A few characters to dance with. And mingling with friends, made the $20 parking, the vomiting (thankfully not in the new car), the whining, the sugar high, the sugar low, and the 1.5 hour drive home totally worth it!
Of course, I'll happily admit that I'm thankful there won't be a next time ...