Three Day Splurge

to attend the Kindergarten Festival.Joey1978 Rulezto get free books and fingerprints and get excited for Henry to go to Transitional Kinder next year.Joey1978 Rulezto have siblings that can tolerate the morning, even if it isn’t about them.Joey1978 Rulezto chase squirrels in the park.Joey1978 Rulezto play with dolls and sip hot drinks.
Joey1978 Rulezto draw side by side.
DSC02816to hear stories read aloud.
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to play trains.Joey1978 Rulezto cross off our list: file taxes on-line, drop off dry cleaning, laundry, groceries, and homework.

to not hide the surprise in our voices when Paul asks to stay at the child development center with his siblings this morning. Joe and I are left giddy and go out to breakfast. A spontaneous date.

What a wonderful weekend.

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.DSC02704

Lost Time

I know others can relate to the sacred time of the weekend. There are only so many hours and some of that time is spent with baths, meals, and naps (not to mention chores). So when Henry caught the twenty-four hour flu Saturday night and was throwing up all night, I should have known I was up next. My days were numbered (I didn’t forget about who I caught strep from).DSC02700There were love notes from children and beautiful pieces of artwork delivered bedside as I slept most of the day.
DSC02698Tonight after a long day at work, as I cooked dinner, that lost time caught up to Miss Olivine. She whimpered, moaned, and tugged at my leg. After a day apart and feeling like her weekend time was cut short, she insisted on being carried while I made dinner. Joe was at class, and with one arm I wasn’t getting anything done.
DSC02694That’s when I realized, she is still small enough that I can put her in the Ergo. Problem solved and she was as happy as a clam.DSC02696I looked over at one point to see a boy who is in love with his globe. I love this age!

Reconnected

So our lives have been slightly out of sorts. Our little girl went from breathing treatments last weekend to a couple days of not eating and throwing up this week. We had lots of bathing and cuddling and laundry as a result. But notice- she is still smiling all the while saying “tummy hurt” and my heart ached at the inability to make it stop.
By the second night, I had Joe drag the mattress into their room so I could help her in the middle of the night. This means not much sleep, but lots of peace of mind.
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We even had an incident in the car requiring a full cleaning of the car seat. We used a blanket as the stand in cover.DSC02658Then early in the week we let the boys watch the State of the Union address, but after that our phone and internet went out. A couple days of no phone made us feel very separated from the world and from each other. We are now discussing the real possibility of getting cell phones. No one else seems to care that our land line wires are shriveled and decaying.
DSC02649Life did not stop though. Paul had pajama day at schoolJoey1978 Rulezand Henry has been busy baking at school. Here he is with his apple tart.Joey1978 RulezI am bummed that Joe had to miss two days of student teaching this week. But he was more than willing. And so we hodge podged the week and now it’s Saturday. More time for playing outside
Joey1978 Rulezor walking in the neighborhood to swing on random chairs in trees
DSC02631and visiting the aquarium.
DSC02660¬†Olivine can’t get enough of these penguins… she prefers “tiny one.”Joey1978 RulezAnd there is residual coughing but she seems much better today. She was even playing with the water- pushing the buttonJoey1978 RulezWowJoey1978 Rulezand just like that we are back.