1. We spent a week in Kansas City. The drive out was fine, really. We turned Bria's car seat around and she would stop howling if I fed her a goldfish one at a time. We listened to The Horse and His Boy and Prince Caspian, and we're still amazed at how fast the time goes by listening to audio books. The best day of the week for us was probably Sunday. We went to church with the family, then we went to Buca Di Beppo on the Plaza for dinner. Everyone behaved nicely, in spite of the fact that there is quite a bit of nudity displayed on the walls there. Mostly in the girls bathroom. Who needs to see old (like 1800s or early 1900s) paintings and advertisements of nude women? Anyway, the food was delish and a good time was had by all.
2. Monday night Bria came down with a fever. I had to make a run for baby medicine, but I was able to get on it pretty quickly. But that signaled the end of the fun for me and her. She spent the rest of the week with fevers, spiking a really big one in the middle of one night that prompted me to bring her into bed for the first time in her life. On Thursday morning when I first got her out of bed the thermometer was registering 105, so I quickly gave her baby Tylenol, and she chugged a whole cup of milk. Her fever had come down to 103 within a half hour, so I told myself not to freak out. I then gave her some ibuprofen and put her down for a nap. When she got up from her nap an hour and half later her fever had completely broke. She was sweaty and her temp was 98.9. But she was still crabby. She gets mean when she gets sick, apparently, and I'm so sorry that our family who doesn't get to see her that often had to spend a week with her being so ill-mannered and weepy. I know they understood, but I'm still sad about it.
|Sick, grumpy Bria with Aunt Mindy|
3. While Bria and I hunkered down at the house for a week, Alaina and Joya had the time of their lives with their grandparents and aunt and uncle. They got to fingerpaint. They got to go to Crown Center for lunch and to Union Station to see the Christmas decorations and the trains. They both got to ride a bike that Gramma had found for them. They got to go see a firework show that was set to Christmas music after dinner on Wednesday night. They got to open Christmas presents, since we celebrated Christmas with the Kimble family. I'm so glad they had fun, because I virtually ignored them all week as I took care of Bria.
5. On top of all that, I've been sick all week. It started with a Janet Reno voice on Friday night. It was comical when I took Bria to the doctor because I sounded so horrible. I practically had to whisper in the ears of all the nurses and doctors and pharmacy people. This thing kicked my butt too. I might actually feel a bit better today.
6. Over the past few weeks our school participated in a Facebook contest for a new playground. You know, where you get as many people as possible to vote for your school. It came down to our school and another school. Clearly they were campaigning just as hard as we were, because we were within 30 votes the whole time. The contest ended Friday night at midnight (or actually, 1:00am Saturday) and when I went to bed on Friday we were ahead by 20 or so votes, with votes in the 800s. Apparently, both schools got over 1400 votes, and we ended up losing by 25. But the company said there was a glitch at the end of voting or something, and decided to award BOTH schools new playgrounds. So Alaina's school will be getting a new playground at the end of January. It's terribly exciting. Their playground is safe and all, but it is definitely old. So thank you, if you helped us.
7. Christmas is slowly making it's debut around here. I meant to have it all up on Sunday, but fevers and chills kept me tucked on the couch under a blanket. Jingle the Elf did show up, wondering where Christmas was. We now have most of it out, but our tree still needs to be decorated. At least it's up.
8. We starting hitting rehearsals hard for the Christmas program at church. Lee is playing guitar, I'm directing the dramas, and Alaina and Joya will be making a cameo as sheep. Next week is truly crunch week, but we did have a rehearsal this week that resulted in a late night for the girls. They handled it like a champ, so I'm hoping all the late nights next week won't cause too much of a disturbance. Anyway, our program is on December 13 at 4:00pm and December 14 at 9:00 and 10:30am. You should come. It's going to be super fun.
9. I took Joya on a Mommy/Daughter date for ice cream. I'm taking Alaina to a wedding tomorrow, and I wanted to do something special for Joya too. She loved it. Until this morning when she realized that the wedding is tomorrow and that she can't go. "I did NOT like that ice cream, Mom!" she says now. I'm sure she didn't.
10. Finally, I leave you with a story that Alaina wrote for school. She was supposed to write from the perspective a turkey approaching Thanksgiving. (All spelling errors are hers.)
I would make a terrile Thanksgivin dinner.
If you eat me I will give you germs. I am muddy.
If you take my bandages my blood will kill you!
I think we shoud have Taco bell.
Thanks for sticking with me!