Drew has been my Thanksgiving helper this year. She has decorated the mini pumpkins for the placecards, she wrote everyone's name, she ironed the linen napkins, she's going to set the table, and she's very anxious to help cook on Thanksgiving. So, last night after the kids went to bed at their normal time, I was going to leave to go grocery shopping for Thanksgiving. She heard the keys jingling and she peeked downstairs and said, "Where are you going?" I said, "I'm going grocery shopping for our Thanksgiving meal." She asked if she could come and I said no, it's bedtime. She turned and went back upstairs. Then I started thinking...
I went up and said to her that since she's my Thanksgiving helper this year and it is a big responsibility, it actually would be a good idea if she came and helped me shop for everything. She had her pajamas off before I was even finished talking. She threw on a dress and some sandals and in her wet hair we headed out to go grocery shopping in the 45* weather at 8:00pm.
Drew was in charge of the list and since she can now read, she actually was a huge help. We got everything we needed, and a candy cane we didn't, and came home with the goods. It was awesome. More for me than for her, if that's possible.
It's the little things.