Tracy, Margo, Karen, Jeff, David, and Connie:
Today was one of the best days of my life. I'm not exactly sure why.
I worked late last night, then slept in until 10:30am or so. I spent some time with Tracy and the girls at home, later went out on some errands (all together), and then spent most of the afternoon watching kids (Della, Eli, Nina, and Lola) play in the pool and play with the fish in the pond. I postponed a lot of work and I even got out of a meeting, but I enjoyed spending those hours in my back yard with the the kids more than I am able to describe.
After all of that, I went next door, where I had an incredible crawfish etoufee dinner, with amazing side dishes, and doberge cake for dessert, all in the company of my wonderful family and the most amazing neighbors. I had to wonder for a moment if I was worthy of all of this.
Finally, I said good-bye to everyone (I somehow even enjoyed that tremendously), went home, tested my new remote-controlled submarine in Lola's bath (I steered clear of Lola, of course, but tore some hair off a Barbie), and configured and played with my new Wii, which was cool enough to finally make me feel like I was indeed living in the year 2010.
I cannot explain why the day feels like it is among the best I've ever experienced. I hope no one drugged me. But I'm thankful for the day and for knowing you fine people. I am well aware that all of you (kids and adults) contributed to my perception of the day and I hope sincerely that I can return the favor many times.