Done with work in the early afternoon, Sean and I loaded up children and pulled out of the driveway in a downpour to head to an IMAX theater and science museum for a family afternoon/evening.
The children and I, after morning math lessons, had run errands (20 lbs of butter in the freezer now) and I was delighted to sit and work on a knitting project in the quiet comfort of the suburban. Quiet with six children only because we gifted them an early Christmas gift of a new Jonathan Park cd and they were fully captivated with the newest adventure.
While my needles clicked away, sliding stitches into a soft pinks and white beret, the downpour turned to sleet, then snow, then ice and Sean drove more slowly. On our fifty mile or so drive we passed four cars off the road, three of them overturned.
The IMAX was a first for our kids and they loved it, Chase asking that we hold both of his hands in ours while he snuggled into Sean and Addie snoozled and nursed snuggled on me and the rest of the children sat, heads back, taking in the fullness of the enormous screen. We do not celebrate santa but Christ, but the storyline is an enjoyable fairytale. I must admit the huge screen and non stop motion made me motion sick and I was glad to close my eyes for bits at a time. How I ever used to love rollercoasters and dream of sky-diving is a mystery to me now. I think I'm just getting old. So I sat and watched our children's faces as they watched and thought of them someday being wrinkly old people and loving the thought that even when I am gone someday, they will remember our family times and build on them for generations to come.
After a special dinner out at Chipotles, we did a little shopping, peering on shelves for the fruitcake Sean would like, buying Ella and myself each a pair of cute and sensible black shoes for winter and a few stocking stuffers hidden from small eyes as I paid, then relishing the dusting of snow on the ground before heading home sweet home.
We were just a few miles from home when the deer hit us.
Thankful to God tonight that we are all well, that we are safe and whole, that we have insurance to cover the damage, that we drive a large vehicle and that in all our years of living in a populated deer area, this is the first accident we've had with one.
Kiddos are snuggled in bed, Sean is out getting an accident report, and I am going to settle down with my knitting once again.