Our house is definitely in "chill out and relax" mode. Although I'm still working, all of the boys are on Christmas vacation. Even though I'm not on vacation, my days are considerably easier because I'm not managing schooling and other activities. I've come to realize that this is as relaxed and laid back as I'm going to be at this stage in my life.
The weather has been unseasonably warm, allowing the boys to play outside. We recently had several trees cut down so several parts of our yard have been transformed into an engaging obstacle course. Timmy has spent hours climbing, jumping and traversing over and around the logs. (Yes, we did make sure that they were all stable before allowing him to climb.)
Yesterday Hamlet was begging me to climb on the logs with him. Although I really wanted to play with him and hated to disappoint him, I had to say no. I just don't trust my balance on the logs with my prosthesis. My limb has been stable but sore lately, and I don't want to risk my mobility by slipping on a log.
I hate having to pass on an activity because of my amputation. While I'm sure I could have done it if I absolutely had to, I knew it was best if I stayed on the sidelines. Instead of climbing with him, I made a game out of his completing the obstacle course in different ways. He seemed content and seemed to forget that I wasn't participating in the way that he originally requested.
Today the weather is supposed to continue to be nice. I'm sure that there will be more log climbing and outdoor exploring in my future. If we can't have snow, I'm glad that it is warm enough to enjoy being outside.