Yeah, so remember that party weekend we were supposed to be having? Well, in the middle of the night, my throat decided to put an end to all of that, at least for me. I woke up with throat pain so intense I actually had to brace myself before I tried to swallow. I tried to ignore it and go back to sleep, but by this morning the pain was radiating to my ear and I decided I wasn’t going to dilly dally with it…off to the Minute Clinic I went! An ear check and throat swab later, the nurse determined I have strep throat. Really?! Penicillin to the rescue! (Apparently strep is now resistant to the Z-Pak…that can’t be good.)
With a house full of kids (the sleepover was a go last night) and grocery shopping to do since the weather has been so crazy and I haven’t wanted to schlep the kids to the store, I was starting to get overwhelmed. I told myself it would be fine…The Bean and I would take her friend home first, and then head over to Target to pick up my prescription since we were going that way. So I pack up the girls and all their stuff and make it to her friend’s house. When I pulled in the driveway, I pulled toward the left so that the girls wouldn’t have to get out in a snowbank, noting the utility pole right next to their driveway, telling myself to remember to pull out to the right when we leave so I don’t back into it. We drop off The Bean’s friend, I chat with her mom, the girls play for a bit longer, and then we load up in the car to go to Target. I know you know where this is going… I get in the car, put it into gear, and start to back out when my phone rings. I’m sick. It’s my mom’s ring. It’s snowy and cold, and she lives alone. So I go to answer my phone, when CRASH! Yep, you guessed it…I totally forgot to veer right, and I backed into the utility pole, breaking the rear right tail light and popping off and cracking the rear bumper. Let’s suffice it to say that today has not been my best day. Is it tomorrow yet?
Woke up to this text… The kids have been holding impromptu prayer sessions for a snow day all week. They got their answer yesterday and now again today…they are going to be SO excited when they wake up! The weather has definitely been unseasonably cold, even for January in northeast Ohio. And temperatures this cold mean it’s time to break out the faux fur!
I can’t say I’m sad about the day off of school for the kids…it makes for a nice, comfy transition into the weekend. The Bean was supposed to have a sleepover, and usually that means The Bug will have a friend over, too, so we’ll see how the weather holds up. But if friends can get here, it looks like the party is on! Yay for snow days!
Someone please tell me how The Monkey is really f-i-v-e years old today!! FIVE! There is something about the passage of time that is so bizarre to me…one day you’re toodling along and things are one way, and them BOOM! You blink! And all of a sudden your littlest guy is FIVE!
This sweet boy is a complete joy. Kind, snuggly, funny (sometimes I have the hardest time not cracking up when I’m trying to discipline him…he’s got great comedic timing), and just plain sweet. All of my kids have been blessed with kind, super sweet hearts, but he is the one that will come up, grab my cheeks in his hands, and then say, “Mama…I WUUUUV you!” And my heart melts because I know he really and truly means it, feels it…this isn’t just for show. He loves puzzles and coloring, Lego and Batman. And Mario. And pretty much anything The Bug is into, too, because of course, who doesn’t want to be like his big brother?! The Monkey is super good at concentrating and fine motor skills are where it’s at for him…small, detailed things fascinate him, and he can concentrate better than some adults! And boy, does this kid have facial expressions! So, so expressive!
The kids ended up having a snow day from school, which, while it was a bummer that The Monkey didn’t get to have his snack leader and show-and-tell special day with his preschool buddies, it was super nice to just spend the entire day together snuggled up at home celebrating.
The Monkey insisted we put his presents under the winter tree, which it seems now he is going to think of as “the birthday tree.” And The Bug played him Happy Birthday on his trombone…so fun! We should have had Husband break out his trumpet for a full-on brass version. Mental note for next year… Speaking of Husband, another blessing with the bad weather is that he was able to escape from work a bit early so that we could start the big celebration sooner!
The Monkey opened his presents and the other kids got to open their unbirthday presents. (We have an unbirthday present family tradition…each child gets one present on their siblings’ birthdays. Nothing super extravagant or fancy, but I’m all about a little fun for everyone. This year it was a Zelda amiibo for The Bean and a Donkey Kong amiibo for The Bug.)
And of course, no birthday would be complete without cake! Happy birthday, Monkey! Can’t wait to see all the excited adventures being five brings!
When I woke up this morning and checked the weather, I knew we were in for a doozy of a day…
When the forecast mentions frostbite, you know it’s cold
I was actually surprised that they didn’t call off school for the kids. It’s bitterly cold. On days like today, I’m especially thankful for a warm home, hand-knitted socks, a garage so I don’t have to scrape off the car in the mornings, and that the kids’ bus stop is literally in front of our house…we watch for the bus from the front window so they don’t have to go out until the last possible second! And one blessing amidst all this cold is that there has been fabulous sun (it’s actually really deceiving because it doesn’t look nearly as cold as it is). That all took a turn when I went to pick up The Monkey from preschool though.
On my way there, it started to cloud over. I parked and went in to get him, and in the literal five minutes I was inside, a squall had rolled in and the car was completely covered in snow. Driving home was a bit an adventure. Driving in a white out is always a bit of an adventure. But praise the Lord we made it home in one piece, the other kids made it home safely on the bus in one piece, and Husband made it home in one piece from work. It’s cleared up, but still bitterly cold, so the kids are praying they’ll have a day off of school this week. They love school, but any reason to not have to go is a good reason in their book. And I have to say, I selfishly wouldn’t mind an excuse to spend the day with my favorite people. :) We’ll see what the rest of the week brings…
The Monkey was jealous these two got to go out without him…he came home with a cough so was bench from snow time.
Today the kids got the snow they were praying for…just not in the quantity they expected. We started off the day with flurries, and by the time they came home in the afternoon there was enough to sled in. They walked into the front door after school, changed into their snow clothes, and promptly walked out the back door to get some sledding in on the hill before The Bug had to go to his trombone lesson. They never waste an opportunity for time out in the snow. They take after their dad. Today I was content to watch from the window. :)
The Bean asked me to take a photo of her “Elsa hair.” She said she had strategically placed the flakes. :)