1. We pretty much spent most of the past week being sick with a cold. We've overlapped each other, so there hasn't been much of a break, and it seems that some of the kids are in for round two with it. It's a really nasty bug, so I'd have to say that tops on my list of favorites is our good health when we have it. Please return to us, good health, so I can tell you in person how much I love and appreciate you. Thanks.
2. It seems that this particular illness spurred on a Potato Head Fest. When you're not feeling great, playing with a potato seems like a nice thing to do, I guess. Especially when you can team up with your also-sick siblings. Edith started it all, and it didn't take long for most of the other kids to join in. I loved it when Edith walked up to me where I was sitting and shoved her Potato in my hands saying, "Hold the tato."
You can't tell in the photo, but there's a nose on the other side. Fantastic.
This is Edith's last creation (the kid is an artistic genius, if you ask me):
The Potato Head Fest lasted for a few days and it was awesome. I love seeing my kids getting creative (yes, even with potatoes).
3. Bud lost his second tooth on Monday night. It tumbled out as I helped him brush his teeth (he's been having a bit of a hard time keeping them well-brushed since the front 7 are all in varying stages of looseness). Anyway, luckily I was there to fish it out from under his tongue with the toothbrush. He told me he would have just spit it in the sink, thinking it was a glob of toothpaste. I love being present for these fun moments with my kids.
4. On a related note, the Tooth Fairy actually came on the night Bud lost his tooth! Amazing.
5. On Tuesday, when I was out working in the yard (trying not to let this cold completely defeat me), I saw this lone rose blooming in our rose beds. I normally hate roses, but this one seemed a sign of hope. A sign of perseverance. Or something. Luckily I had my phone on me so I snapped a photo. It's really pretty (for a rose).
6. We let the kids try on their costumes on Tuesday, just to make sure we had our bases covered. Getting Edith back out of hers was a bit of a task. She even ate dinner in it (butternut squash chowder, you can see it around her mouth). The cutest frog around, I think. I can't wait to see her trick-or-treating on Halloween!
7. We awoke to our first snow of the season yesterday morning. I loved hearing the awe in Edith's voice as she said, "Snow! On ground. Pretty. Wet. Cold. White. Snow." Having a baby makes everything so much more monumental.
8. I looked over at Edith where she was sitting on the couch yesterday to see that she had gathered a few friends around to sit with her. She's so social. It was adorable.
9. When I was going through the papers from Bud's backpack this morning, I came across this story. I love it. Probably because I know how hard it is for him to write such small little blurbs and make them as interesting and descriptive as he'd like to.
I just love that his little fishy with the googly eyes is going to have FUN in the Tunnel of Doom. Awesome.
The past few days have been a bit rough, but that's just because I'm still not feeling well and Rophone is in San Francisco (and he'd better have a blast or else there was no point in sending him!). I'll continue to pray for patience and put money in the kids' therapy fund.