Elias is all about counting down to things these days. Lately, it's been counting down to the start of his imaginary car races or the number of sleeps left until we do something spectacular — like ride in a float plane or go to the beach.
This week we counted down to a third birthday. Elias is now three and officially a "big boy" who sleeps in his own room, in his own bed and is 100 percent potty trained. Phew! I can't believe it — and yet — I can. These last three years have been packed with more tear-jerking and laughter-making memories than I've ever imagined.
This little — ahem! — big boy is one amazing human being. Yes, he drives me nuts. Yes, he has his moments. But, to take a few words from a beautiful childrens' book, when that boy is asleep, I mean really asleep ... I'll sneak into his room, lay next to him and breath in his sweet smell — like earth, the outdoors and most times I'll get a whiff of that baby scent on his skin ... the same smell I remember when his entire body fit in the crook of my arm. It's a smell I'll never forget.
Yesterday, we went to the beach near Sheep Creek. A cool breeze blew down the channel as salmon ran up the creek and eagles patrolled the banks. A beautiful day to be in Alaska.