Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
(Sidenote: Thomas was so nervous about the 2 dogs walking around, that he was clinging to Bob for dear life. It was so funny....he wouldn't even let ME hold him. He sure loves his Daddy! Even at hockey games, he would always search for Daddy standing on the back wall while he was sitting in my lap. He has the sweetest and most genuine smile of pure love saved only for Daddy. Here, he knew he could count on Daddy to keep him safe, while Mommy would probably just put him down on the floor as soon as she had the chance.)
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Things I Do Not Want to Live Without:
*Moms & Dads
*My Grand Piano
*My Bible (ESV)
*The ability to cook well
*Babies in the house(I am going to have to get creative about this one)
*My kids laughing/giggling
*Hugs and little "I love you"'s
*Plasma cars(have I mentioned yet how much we LOVE them??)
*My new biodegradable cleaners....all of them!
*"My Pillow"...the absolute BEST pillows on earth(made in MN)
*My Tempurpedic bed (Ahhhhhh....)
*Ju Ju Be Diaper bags
*Seventh Generation Diapers(they beat ALL regular brands hands down)
*Butternut Squash Ravioli
*The ability to ice skate(I am joining a Womens Hockey League soon)
*Seeing my kids truly happy
*Sense of Humor
*Cherry Coke and Cappuccinos
*My GPS...now I can go, go, go!
This is certainly not a comprehensive list...only the first things that come to mind.
Have a lovely day!
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Upon returning to Waconia, we made a non-nutritious stop at McDonald's for an emergency lunch for everyone. 10 minutes later, Crispy and I left with Thomas to go to his hockey practice in Richfield. It was such a lovely day outside, and here we were, driving back and forth to the cities all day....would have been more fun to take all that time and land in the middle of South Dakota. What a drag. On the upside, Crispy did an awesome job at practice today. He really boogied out on the ice, listened to his coaches, and worked hard. I was very proud of him. Since I had such a nasty headache, I had left my huge diaper bag in the truck...I always bring it in with me, no matter what, but not today. And wouldn't you know, the baby had a huge poopy mess, through his clothes and all! The nice part was the excuse to leave the indoor arena and walk back outside to the truck to change my stinky boy. I may have taken an extra minute or two breathing in the fresh air and soaking in some sunshine!
We stopped at Costco on the way home and loaded up with fresh fruits and other things. Costco is really the best place around here to buy produce for our big family....too bad it is 30 minutes away. We arrived home finally at about 7pm and were starving. I used all of the influences of watching the Iron Chef on tv to quickly make the best chicken fajitas ever, with homemade tortillas, and corncake from scratch....all in under one hour! It sure hit the spot after never once making it to Don Pablo's last weekend though we had been in the cities so many times. It was really yummy. Could I ever replicate it? Don't know....I rarely use recipes, and things just seem to work out, sometimes more awesomely than other times.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Laura and Thomas are still requiring nebs and look sad... not pathetic anymore, just sad. I felt a bit apprehensive about leaving them this evening, but Grandma Z was capable and in control. Bob & I enjoyed an evening out with some of his co-workers and golfing buddies at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater's one man show "The Wonder Bread Years". The food was great, the show was really funny and entertaining, and Bob's friends were hilarious. Quite inappropriate at times, but hilarious, nonetheless. They were all so quick and witty...I nearly split my sides laughing at them during intermission. I couldn't come up with anything to say that didn't make them look at me like I was from Mars. I discovered I am an even more boring person that I thought was even possible.
Sorry I am so boring.......
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I ended up with mastitis on top of this illness (it actually began the same day, so perhaps I do not actually have the virus that Tubby does, but merely fever and aches from the infection just coincidentally at the same time?). It has made the past two days even more difficult. It is extremely challenging taking care of a sick baby who needs you so much when you, yourself are sick! Bob called in some antibiotics for me this evening. I have big dreams that tomorrow will be a much better day when the meds begin to kick in!
Laura is getting quite rosy in the cheeks...that is usually her "tell" that she is developing an illness that will require nebs for her. But she is still happy, running around the house, making messes everywhere she goes. She is however, becoming more receptive to parental requests to clean up....she lets us know that she is not pleased with this set up, but at least she WILL do it. Michael insists that he is not sick. Yet I wonder: when he broke down in tears today after he dropped his peanut butter toast on the couch, it seemed a bit suspicious.
Thankfully, the kids found plenty to do today regardless of sickness status. Crispy, Michael, and I worked on a paleantology project exploring fossils and making dinosaur molds (thank you Miami Connellys!). The box says ages 5+, but this project was almost too difficult for the 3 of us put together! We really needed about 10 hands to keep everything in place to make the molds. Cool idea, but if you have a low frustration tolerance, stay clear of this Discovery Store item. Crispy's Star Wars legos from Amazon.com were also a hit with everyone today(thank you Chris & Ali!)...we nearly had an intergalactic war going on in our kitchen! Laura's favorite is "Chocolate", or Chewbacca, to the rest of us.
With three plasma cars, more kids are able to race together which occupied 4 of them after dinner until bedtime. Laura can even give Crispy a ride... these things are so great! The kids were having a blast, and using up all of their excess energy appropriately. These cars really should make a top ten list of things absolutely necessary to have in a household with small children. They are one of the best purchases I have ever made.
Tonight we all had the rare opportunity to stay at home...no games, meetings, or other things necessary to attend to. The little kids all went to bed on time, (and most were already asleep when we went to get them 20 minutes later to see the lunar eclipse), and the rest of us relaxed with cozy blankies and squishy pillows and caught up on some American Idol. This season looks like it will be extremely good, as all the finalists appear to be quite talented. Ahh...the simple pleasures of being a couch potato.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Even though he has been nursing constantly, he has only had two wet diapers and looks very pale. He can hardly keep his eyes open. I found the same to be true for myself....I kept falling asleep regardless of how noisy it was around here. And I never nap, so this must be a real illness.
Jonny had his Blue & Gold banquet for cub scouts tonight. Because of his procrastinating mom, he had no dessert to bring for the contest tonight since there was no way I could even try to help him today. Last year, he won Best in Show for his dirt cake with blue and gold silk flowers in a bright blue bucket. I did manage to muster enough energy to take the 5 youngest ones with me for an hour so that they could have dinner there(meaning I didn't have to cook at home) and we could witness Jonny getting his Webelos badge that he has been working on all year. Bob was at a hockey game in Edina with Michael, so we were on our own, sick baby,sick mommy and all.
It was a struggle to walk all the way back to the car, but we finally made it through the cold wind. Jonny stayed to watch the magic show which he said was really good, and another mom drove him home. Thomas and I took our spots back on the couch and quickly fell asleep by 7pm. We were oblivious to the kids playing Wii next to us and Alex fixing the computer~he replaced the video card, so now it works again. Hooray! Melissa wanted to be a big helper for me, so she emptied the dishwasher and filled it with dirty dishes. I could hear some of her comments as she went..."Ewww! Gross!", "Somebody makes very dirty dishes", and "That's disgusting". Crispy came downstairs and eagerly helped her, putting the soap into the machine. It will be interesting to see how the dishes turn out tomorrow.
Michael and Bob came home at around 9:30pm, and Bob ushered me up to bed. He thinks we have influenza...so much for the flu shots we had gotten this fall! All the other kids chose the intranasal administration....hopefully that is more effective than our shots were! Bob said that the kids played one of their best games ever tonight (even though they lost), so he had bought a Gatorade for each player. What a nice guy! Only a couple more weeks of hockey, then things will slow down a bit. And hopefully tomorrow will be a better day....I don't have time to be sick!
Monday, February 18, 2008
The kids had today off which was just the thing we needed after such a long, tiring weekend. We had planned on meeting our twin cousins at a cool indoor playland today, but that fell through due to sickness, so we improvised with an unorganized and somewhat chaotic Plan B. Michael and Jonny each had a friend over for the whole day, Melissa played with the neighbor girl for a while before she needed a break (sometimes the negative influences make her tired), and Crispy spent most of the afternoon across the street with his good buddies. I was able to spend some time with Laura playing with her new Dora legos....we made a wonderful casita and playground for all of her little figures. Oh! Even with a housefull of 10 kids today(one being a very sick baby), I was blessed with about 30 minutes of piano playing bliss. Sure the baby was crying half of the time next to my piano bench(rather it was more like a pathetic "I'm sick" moan....sounded like singing!), and the living room was torn apart as the kids were drawn in (by the melodious magic, I am sure), but by golly, it was rejuvinating!
The kids seemed to have a good day. In particular, they enjoyed Pizza Ranch for lunch (I was not going to attempt making food with all of the extra kids around), and the arrival of a new hot pink PlasmaCar....yes, that now makes three for us. Have I mentioned how much fun they are???? This one only took me two minutes to put together. No kidding. I am a pro now. I also took the new iGallop out of the box. It is an excerciser made to simulate horseback riding. It helps strengthen core muscle groups and balance. I bought it with Melissa in mind, but actually, many of us can benefit from it. All the kids took many a turn on this thing. Between all the car racing and horseback riding, we are all going to be skinny-minis soon!(gee, I wish!) We also got buds on four of the herb plants in the Aero Garden already...I can almost taste freshly seasoned home cooked meals!
I was lucky enough to avoid the cold air most of the day. I did not have to leave my house until a boring meeting for the Pinewood Derby this evening at 7pm. I am now resting in my cozy bed (with new sheets cuz the baby pooped and puked all over them this morning) with my sleeping baby next to me. He has a fever, and a croup-asthma cough that sometimes makes him puke. Nebs help only minimally. His nose is dripping thick bugary sludge, he had dried up blood on his right ear where he scratched himself from digging at it so much, and he looks rather pathetic....but is still so very cute, especially with those rosy red cheeks. Poor baby.
Speaking of poor babies.... Mary's youngest, Blaise, is in the hospital on IV antibiotics for an unknown infection that they are guessing my be sinus. Please pray for a speedy recovery and that Mary will get through it with her nasty "morning sickness" in full swing. That's right....the girl's pregnant again! She insists that she doesn't know how it happened........ ;o)
Sunday, February 17, 2008
*8:15am~leave 10 minutes late for church
*10:15am~drop kids back off at home, keep Crispy and Thomas in truck to go to hockey in Delano
*10:50am~Crispy is all ready to get on the ice...10 minutes early! WOW!!!! Nurse the baby
*12:55pm~arrive back at home, make PB&J lunches with yogurt and strawberries for the kids
*1:20pm~everyone pile into truck to go to final tourney hockey game....Ewwww! Poopy blow out! Give baby a necessary bath and change clothes
*1:30pm~leave driveway 15 minutes late......*ding ding ding*...out of gas
*1:45~leave gas station with half tank of gas now 30 minutes late...drive like a speed demon(within the legal limits, of course!)
*2:45pm~arrive at White Bear Lake arena....only 15 minutes late. Whew! The games are running behind! We now are 30 minutes early!
*3:15~bribe kids with popcorn and Gatorade so that some of the game can be viewed
*4pm~what about baby? Nurse him in Women's restroom since no other appropriate space available
*4:30~leave game with kids in the middle of last very disappointing period....chances of winning are nill.....drive like crazy to Westwood as we are 15 minutes late of leaving
*5:15pm~drop Jonny, Melissa, Crispy off at church for JAM & JELLYS still 15 minutes late....go have ice cream and chili at Culver's with Laura
*6:15pm~bundle the two little ones, throw them in the stroller, and make the long trek across the parking lot to pick up kids in church....so crowded!
*6:55pm~arrive back at home finally..."Mom! We're hungry!!".....chips and cheese and salsa tonight
*7:45pm~finally crash on couch, have pajama party with kids while watching new Max & Ruby DVD
*8:15pm~I think I am asleep, phone rings....Alex needs a ride home from Youth Group....wonderful husband picks him up.....fall back asleep with my kids huddled in "the pocket"
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Well, little Laura had a house full of "uninvited" guests. Ultimately, she was glad for this...she felt very special. (Though she still states "I didn't want to have a party.") She got to spend some time playing with Papa Don at his house before they drove over to Grandma and Grandpa's house. She was glued to him for the entire rest of the day. She did not want to open a single gift or have anything to do with her cake unless he was right at her side (or rather, she was in his arms). She was thrilled to spend special time shopping for a present with he and Grandma Z later. I think that this little girl kind of likes her Godfather!
The party was great.....my mom and dad had done a wonderful job decorating. Lots of pink balloons, Tinkerbell, and hearts. It looked like a little girl's dream party! They got to showcase their new kitchen...it was fabulous for a party. It was like being in a model home. I had ordered a frosting sheet personalized picture of Max & Ruby to place on Laura's cake (off of ebay)....it worked perfectly! In the middle of such a hectic weekend, it was nice to spend a relaxing afternoon with so much family.
Michael's team played well this evening. It was a very exciting and close game. They ended up losing 2-3, but had played so hard. Tomorrow they will play in the afternoon again....this time for third place!
Friday, February 15, 2008
We had a lovely little lunch at the Mocha Monkey, and really just had a nice afternoon. Grandma took Michael back to the cities with her so that he could get to his tounament game early in White Bear Lake and I could wait for Bob to get home so that we could ride to the game together. I made the kids homemade waffles before we ditched them for the rest of the night. Michael's team played very well, and WON! Hooray! We will play again tomorrow at 5pm.....after little Laura's birthday party.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The morning items went over well, and as planned. But from there, the day slowly fell apart into something almost even less than an ordinary day.
My mom, bless her kind heart, came out early this morning to watch the kids so that I could enjoy some time in Crispy's classroom at his party. She insisted I go, even though the baby had been crabby again all morning, making getting ready to go a near impossible task. I went, Crispy was glad, and the baby was fine. Hurrah! After lunch, Grandma left, and Michael set up my new herb garden (AeroGarden) from my thoughtful husband. I am so thrilled at the prospect of using my own fresh herbs to cook with in just a few short weeks! It is also going to help serve as some good homeschooling for Michael, as I have decided to trade his current boring science program over to something more interesting----botany! What perfect timing! Laura, Tubby, and I raced around the kitchen on our plasma cars....we were having a nice late morning/early afternoon.
I don't know if it was all the riding on the little cars, allergies, or not sleeping well at night, and feeling like I have not been breathing well the past few days, but I ended up having a horrible headache for the rest of the day. It was one of those miserable, nauseating, muscle-aching, bone hurting kinds. All I could do was huddle under the eletric blanket in the sauna room, close my eyes, and pray for the Rapture to come. Not so lucky for me......the Rapture didn't occur, or if it did, I am still here, horrible headache still intact. So either way, not so lucky for me. Gone were the rest of my plans for the family. Our dinner was haphazzard, not anything as I had planned, barely red, and certainly not special. Melissa had girl scouts(where she cried when I dropped her off), Michael had hockey, and I found myself driving all over Waconia for a good hour and forty-five minutes.
Our lovely family show night fell apart just as dinner had. Bob and I even declined an offer from Pam to watch our kids while we went out...we both had been looking forward to spending the evening at home with the kids. Between the evening activites, and my headache, strawberry shortcake dessert was delayed until 8 :30. The kids once again were sent to bed way too late, and now us adults were beginning to crash too. To top it off, we let our dog in and realized she had been attacked outside by something(probably the psychotic owl or the sneaky fox). She had a nice sized bald patch on the top of her head, oozing with blood. Poor puppy! But she is so sweet, she did not seem disturbed in the least, even when I tried to clean it. We were finally about to start, when Bob's aunt called us (accidentally...she was trying to call Bill's house). As many of you can guess, this accidental call lasted quite a while. By the time I was finally free to join my family, it was about 9:30. We began Survivor, and at the first commercial break, only 2 minutes into the show, Michael decided to get some milk. For some unknown reasons, this task took him more than 3 minutes. At this point, Bob had had it, gave up, and went to sleep. No kettle corn, barely one show, and no fancy dinner. Not anything like how I imagined this special day to go. I will just have to pump up their morning memories of the day so that perhaps their minds will be reprogrammed into believing that great things happened on Valentine's Day 2008.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
We had a very early dinner (4:15) of spaghetti before Michael left with the neighbors for his game in Burnsville. I cleaned up the kitchen and finished some laundry while I waited for Bob, so that we could go to the game together. The kids finished up their Valentines to bring to school tomorrow. Melissa set up a Webkinz account for her little sister. Bob ended up having a very sick patient, and didn't think that he would be able to make it. That left me and the baby on our own with only 30 minutes before the start of the game. Hmmmm...it takes at least 45-50 minutes to get there....better drive fast!
Even though I arrived almost 30 minutes after the start of ice time(and Bob walked in right behind me!), the kids were only halfway through the first period. We soon figured out why....the refs were calling EVERYTHING. Any little falter, any little misstep, any accidental move....it was ridiculous. At least they were calling everything on both teams so that no one was unfairly managed. It just made both teams very annoyed! And made for a long game. It was all worth it in the end because we WON our first district game! Yahoo! Now we won't finish the season in absolute last place!
It was a slightly harrowing drive home on the back winding roads in the freshly falling snow. At times it was difficult to see where the road was in the country fields. I guess my new habit is to grocery shop before each winter storm and deep freeze.....I found myself stopping there as I slid on into Waconia at 9pm, my sweet baby sleeping in his seat. It took a bit longer than expected, and Jonny ended up having to go to bed before I got home without watching American Idol. We will have to have a Survivor/Idol party tomorrow night to celebrate Valentine's Day. Sorry, Jonny! At least we won't starve in the next few days!
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Laura had a bit of an emotional meltdown today as we talked about her upcoming birthday tomorrow. She said she didn't want to get bigger, and didn't want her birthday. After trying to talk to her about many things, she seemed to feel better after I assured her that she would still be little even though she was turning four, and that she certainly did not have to go to preschool if she didn't want to (apparently four was the magic age for school in her mind). When I reminded her that Crispy never went to preschool either, she got a big smile and was ready to play. We had some good quality time this morning, as the baby was busy exploring the room. We were able to read halfway through one of her magazines, and did the bunny hokey pokey several times. It was a really nice morning with my little La.
A brief bout of creativity returned this evening for about an hour. Jonny's den was given the opportunity for a drawing lesson from a local artist. While they were drawing portraits of each other, Pam and I worked on wording and phrasing for wedding invitations. Despite starting in an overwhelmed state, I think we came up with some pretty good ideas. Hopefully Lyle will like some of the ideas too.
That's about it. Blah blah for now.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 9, 2008
I decided to encourage this new experimenting of his in a safer environment. With Michael posted on Baby Choking Guard, I brought the high chair up from the basement, and quickly wiped it down (hey, even 2 years of caked on food was no match for my new cleaning products). Thomas looked so proud and excited to be sitting in a big chair. I placed the same ripped up cheese on the small tray in front of him. Lo and behold, the boy took it up in his little fingers, placed it in his mouth, "chewed" on it for what seemed like an eternity, must have swallowed, then reached for another piece. He can eat!!! No gagging involved! Incredible!
This new skill of his allowed me extra time to do things I normally do not have time for. I was able to clean my kitchen, do the dishes, make more tortillas, prepare dinner so we would not have to worry about it later after the hockey game, make bread with Laura, and even look up new recipes and make dessert. How about that?!
My oldest son had a growing up experience of his own tonight: his first semi-formal high school dance. He looked so handsome in his newly washed and pressed (and awesomely clean smelling) shirt, pants, and tie. It doesn't seem that long ago that he was the one sitting in that high chair in the corner. Now look at him! All dressed up, getting ready (albeit 40 minutes late) to pick up his girlfriend.
The wind chill was approaching -45 degrees as we crawled up the highway to her house, sometimes barely being able to see the road due to the newly fallen blowing snow. She looked beautiful, almost magical...very petite in her little green dress. What a night for these poor girls in their spaghetti strapped gowns! Though very exciting, it almost made me cry, taking pictures of my first baby with his girlfriend of 1-1/2 years. Why does time speed by so fast? Jonny and I took turns opening the car doors against the brittle winds for the special occupants in our car. As we watched the two of them enter the building surrounded by similarly dressed "growing-up" kids, we both commented on how "sad" it was.....but "sad" in a "happy" way, if that makes any sense.
Friday, February 8, 2008
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Panera Bread.....another thing we miss is getting good food! We then spent the next 2 hours "power shopping", getting everything we needed. We accomplished getting new shoulder pads for Michael(he has been asking since December), new soccer shoes and shin guards for Melissa, Valentine's gifts for the kids, MN Gophers apparel, Cinnabons to bring home, and nice clothes for Alex to wear to his semi-formal dance tomorrow...the real motivation that brought us to the mall today. Though it seemed like we were spending money like water (and it usually does since we have to stock up on one trip), I was really impressed with myself to stick with the list....no impulse purchases, and nothing extra today!
I had the pleasure to complete my day by going to the Steven Curtis Chapman concert with Pam. It was her birthday present to me, and what a wonderful gift it was! It was a fantastic concert, full of great music and worship...the perfect way to spend any evening. Since we did not have time to go to dinner beforehand, we stopped at Biaggi's (one of my favorites) for dessert after the concert. Upon walking in at 10:30pm, we both suddenly realized how starving we were and ended up getting dinner instead. Pam retained self control and only ate half of her meal to save room for dessert. I couldn't stop from eating my entire plate of butternut squash ravioli...who needs dessert after something that wonderful?
It was so nice to have the night out. When I arrived home at the stroke of midnight, I found daddy and Thomas snuggled sweetly on the couch. Thomas just loves his daddy and is always such a good boy for him. That is a good thing for me too, cuz then I get to leave him more often without the usual "mommy guilt"!
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tonight, we were invited to go to the Hannah Montana 3-D concert movie in Edina with our neighbor and another girl from Melissa's class. This is something we would have normally just skipped completely....Melissa does not have any current interest in this teeny bopper thing. But because we were invited, she was very excited to be doing a regular, normal girl thing. Ugh...what we will do for our kids.
We arrived at the theater with some extra time to spare, so after shelling out $15 each (it must have been for the cool 3-D glasses), we walked around the mall. We stopped in the girls' favorite store, Claire's, and found some cute bargain $1 purses and fun hair things to pep up the mood even more. Melissa was thrilled to now wear a blond and purple hair extension while toting her brand new shiny pink pony purse, her cool 3-D glasses tucked safely inside.
The movie was not remotely as horrible as I expected. I really had been dreading it all day, but was going for the joy it was bringing to my daughter. In fact, the movie was kind of interesting, and a really nice way to experience a concert....in comfortable seats, being able to see the performer without binoculars, sound controlled, and the best part was just being able to drive away at the end without being trapped in a congested parking ramp for an hour. On the way to the car, Melissa held my hand and said,"Thanks Mom, for inviting me to this movie. You're a really nice mom." Yes, I am so glad we went.....good night my princess. Enjoy your pop star dreams!
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Today, one week before her birthday, her eagerness left her face down on the cement porch when her foot became trapped inside the house as the door was closing behind her. Poor girl! Her nose was scraped and oozing from the immediate bump on her nasal bridge to the tip on the end of her nose. Blood was dripping from her nostril at a steady rate, leaving a polka dot trail of red from the front door, which culminated in a little red pool by the kitchen sink. 10 minutes of ice and a lot of TLC helped prepare her for attempt #2 out the door. Whew! Success! Her very understanding and compassionate siblings were all late for school today, but no one seemed to mind. It's funny how a little bit of blood can totally freak out a bunch of kids...it makes them quite alert and compliant. I should have taken pictures before I washed all the blood off the floors and the smears off the walls....they could have proved helpful in the future on bad behavior days!
Monday, February 4, 2008
The snow is so pretty as it falls today.
The kids are at school,
The baby's not sad,
All in all,
It's not too bad.
The laundry smells,
The computer broke,
The phone doesn't work,
And we're out of Coke. (Cherry Coke, that is)
The kids are happy,
The homework's done,
The chores can wait,
So we had some fun.
We read some books,
Colored a page,
Sold some cookies,
Oh, the money we made!
Had some dinner,
Whittled some soap,
Played some hockey,
Told "Skipper" jokes.
Came home late,
Went to bed,
.....the rabbit is dead.
(Grateful I'm not the rabbit)
Sunday, February 3, 2008
This Super Sunday was pretty slow for us....surprising for sure. Michael's coach took him to hockey this morning, which allowed the rest of us to sleep in. Bob was spending the day catching up on nearly 300 dictations. The kids and I spent only 30 minutes getting ready for morning church(with two in the tub!)...a new record for us! Thomas screamed when I dropped him off in the nursery, and according to their report, was fussing the entire time. This has been his norm now in the morning for the past few weeks. When we came back to afternoon church, Thomas screamed again when I dropped him off, but according to their report, he had been very happy and smiley, moving all over the place playing with toys. This too, has been his norm for afternoon church. The afternoon people absolutely adore him and miss him on the days I leave him at home....the morning peole have never said anything positive about him. I think he can sense who really likes him!
We had a low-key Superbowl "party"....in fact, it was just me and Tubby for most of the first quarter. Bob was still upstairs working, Michael was playing pond hockey on the lake with his friends, Melissa was next door with the neighbor girl, and the other kids were upstairs playing new video games. Having never made it to the grocery store this weekend, and being out of pretty much everything, I was surprised with the fantastic dinner I managed to derive out of nothing: steak, corn on the cob, chips with homemade dip, grapes, and french silk pie. We also had pre-game snacks of cream cheese wontons, and spinach and feta pastries. The treat for the kids was having green kool-aid, usually only reserved for summer thirsts! Impressive, huh?