It's a grey and dismal day today, which matches my mood because Eleanor is going back to university. She came home for the holidays on the 14th of December and it does seem as though she's had a long break this time, sometimes her time at home seems to pass by in a flash, but I'm still sad to be waving her off. She's still packing at the moment but she'll be leaving soon.
Our Christmas was unusual this year, just the three of us at home for Christmas dinner, but I'm not complaining about it being a quiet Christmas, it's preferable to the last couple of years when we've been hospital visiting and having to fit the festivities in around that.
Daniel and Jasmine Skyped us on Christmas Day from Colorado, it was late afternoon here by the time they were getting up. They arrived home last weekend and they're now back into the swing of work again. They had a lovely time. Jasmine's sister is expecting her first baby in spring so they'd like to go back again later this year, it must be hard for her living all this way away from her family, especially when big events like this are happening.
It always seems quiet when Eleanor goes back to university and Mick and I are left on our own again but we soon get used to it. It will only happen once more, Easter will be her last break from university before graduation. How did that happen? Three years have gone by so fast.
Just twelve weeks until she's home again, not that I'm counting or anything!