This morning while I was grabbing something in the kitchen, Ryan was at the baby gate crying because he couldn't get into the kitchen too. He gets frustrated at being trapped by gates. All I could think was, "great, is this what my day is going to be like?" As soon as we started playing peek-a-boo at the gate, his cries turned to laughter. He has the heartiest laugh, and it is just so cute. Immediately my day turned around. Making him laugh is definitely the most entertaining part of my day, and I'd be happy to do that all day long.
It got even better when Pat called during Ryan's nap. (which happened to be a long nap today!) Pat and I have really been able to share some laughs at stories of Ryan and our dogs lately. These moments have been so needed for both of us. All the stress has been getting to us, but recently we've been able to laugh together as if we were sitting right next to each other. Our mutual enjoyment in such stories really makes me feel closer and more connected to him despite our distance.
My boys and the dogs are certainly helping keep my spirits raised. They are always able to make me smile and laugh and for that I'm grateful.
(Title quote by Victor Borge.)