Today as I am somewhere around where east meets west I feel a world away from where I should be. It's Katreina's 5th birthday today and to say I'm miserable would be an understatement. Frank is playing Super Dad yet again, making her birthday great. He started it off by bringing treats and toys to her daycare for a little celebration yesterday. Today the family flew kites before going to another friend's birthday party at the Children's Museum and when I spoke to them on the phone everyone was getting ready to head to the Mexican restaurant for K's special dinner (2nd year in a row she's picked the same place!). Tonight they will have cake and open presents, and I won't be there. Frank will send me a bunch of pictures (he is AMAZING) and they will have a good time. I have cried (from tearing up to full-on bawling) about 10 times in the past 24 hours, but I'm hanging in there. The worst was when I was talking to Katreina yesterday and she started singing "Almost There" from Disney's "The Princess and the Frog." Her voice was so sweet! Today she got me again by sounding very sad on the phone as we were saying good bye.
This is almost over, and for that I am extremely grateful.