So, didja miss me?...
Jay and I are back after two utterly divine nights here - we destressed, relaxed, drank buckets of tea (the open "tea bar" is a big thing there), had treatments, did a ridiculously large number of exercise classes, spent hours in the jacuzzi, spent just a few minutes in the ridiculously hot Turkish hamam (any longer and I'd have permanently scalded my oh so delicate derriere), ate ourselves silly (god the food is good there, and even pseudo-healthy too, or at least close enough to pretend), went walking through the gorgeous green and flowered hills surrounding the hotel (we even saw wild tulips!), and generally enjoyed ourselves.
Alas, all good things must come to an end and we arrived home to a phone call from Maya's school to warn me that after a number of good days in a row she'd had a horrifically bad afternoon today. Lovely. Nice way to feel your blood pressure instantly shoot up again. That said, she was ecstatic to see us when we arrived (both of us) to pick her up from school and was utterly delightful all afternoon and evening and went to bed like a dream, so I'd think this afternoon's (not so) little drama was more of an "I've had enough of the sitter and want my parents back" moment than any major backsliding.
She's "eema shabbat" (the "Sabbath mother") in school tomorrow (which means she's got a major role in the end of the week festivities and gets to bring in treats for the class) so that should keep her on the straight and narrow.
Overall, except for that hour or so in school this afternoon both kids did really well while we were gone, and we're very proud of them both, and very very grateful. Mommy and Daddy love them more than life itself, but boy oh boy did we need some grownup time away.