My sd11 is such a pleasure to be with. She only visits on Christmas break and for the summer. My DH travels to spend a weekend with her once a month (she lives over 800 miles away).
This morning, my DH and her were leaving to make the trip home. When she was hugging me and saying good bye, I could tell she was crying, which made me cry. She always has such a hard time leaving and it breaks my heart for her. I whispered to her and said don't be sad sweetie, let's be glad for the time we have together, I'm so happy that you were here and you are coming back in a few short months. Gave her a kiss on the forehead, walked her into the garage and kissed my husband goodbye. Then once they were both in the car, I closed the garage door and started crying like a baby.
We had such a good time over Christmas break. She fell in love with "her" new horse, she spent time with her older step sisters, she had a couple sleepovers here with my grandkids. Her and my dh made their annual double batch of chocolate chip cookies and then they made hot pretzels, it's a christmas tradition. We took everyone to a NBA basketball game one night, she loved that! She saw Frozen in 3D the other day. We all just have had a great time the last week and a half.
I am exhausted. I'm sure she is too. Time will pass quickly, May will be here before I know it. Just a different perspective from a step mom.