At the end of January/Beginning of February, everyone got sick. It started with Gwenna who had a cold and then a week later got the Flu AND Strep. She was out of school for 10 days (4 of which days were school days) and I also got the Flu, but not as bad as she had it. By time our friends the Garretts visited, we were mostly feeling better. Some sniffles and low grade fevers but nothing bad and they left still feeling pretty well. We were lucky in that aspect.
Our kids got along really well while Jes and her kiddos were here. There was some minor bumping of heads here and there but the kids actually did better than anyone, I feel. They visited for (I think...) 5 days and then headed on home to Utah.
Ammon and Gwenna reading.
The kiddos put on a short play for us about mermaids and pirates and sea dogs and cat-fish... it was funny.
Right before they headed out :(
27 weeks pregnant
My mama's birthday! We had Winger's sticky chicken salad and Grandma brought lemon bars. It's fun having her close enough to celebrate together. Simon was, of course, enthralled with the candles. He loves to sing Happy Birthday and LOVES when there are candles around.
Braeden stayed with us for 8 days during February while his parents were in Florida. Here he is posing as Super Man!
Gwenna doing one of her favorite things: reading. She is such a great reader. Her abilities always impress me. She can read most anything and is never afraid to tackle a book.
At the Reading Under the Stars night, Gwenna's friend Dominic shows her something in his book. Gwenna was dressed up as Pinkalicious.
Eat hot dogs and chips at the school for Reading under the stars.
Mer wanted to dress up too so she was a princess.
The girls worked hard the week before the event and after school the day of to earn money to buy books at the book fair. They were each able to buy 2 books and were each given a free book. Happy night when we come home with 7 new books to enjoy (Simon got one too).
Listening to a story outside after eating s'mores.
One night, as we sat up after the girls were in bed, Simon played with the magna doodle for, seriously, upwards for an hour. He stopped to cuddle for a while but mostly just drew all by himself. He is getting better at drawing and really enjoys it.
Oops, out of order, but while Jessica was here, she worked on teaching Ted a song on the keyboard, "Because I Have Been Give Much". He picked it up great!
Out of order again ... one sunny morning of eating breakfast with our friends. I love little Emma's hair. It is too cute and curly!
Simon stayed up one night to help me make cinnamon rolls. Happy helper.
28 weeks along - baby was FINALLY not breech anymore and was head down. I was so scared s/he wouldn't flip. Shortly after this, s/he flipped a bit again and sat transverse for about 3 weeks but is once again head down now at 33 weeks.
So this picture is silly and serious. It's silly because the girls were laughing and playing with Ted's tendons in his feet. Who needs toys? It's seriously because Gwenna wearing Ted's sweater reminds me of all the anxiety she was experiencing at this time. One of her major issues was she was afraid she was diabetic. She would be up at night worrying and crying and afraid she wasn't going to wake up in the morning. Like, easily 2 hours after her brother and sister were asleep. One night was particularly rough when Ted was at work, in Tucson. She wanted him so badly and so I felt like I should give her one of his sweaters sprayed with his cologne. It helped a lot and she was able to fall asleep. Eventually I explained that when she was in my tummy they could see her pancreas on the ultrasound machine, like they did with Mer's kidney issues she had, and Gwenna's pancreas was fine. Since then Diabetes isn't troubling her but she had dealt with a bit of anxiety here and there. We're working on it and she had been doing a lot better.
Oh Simon. He got into my nail polish two or three times in as many days. He made a mess out of himself and his clothes and the carpet over those multiple times. Rite of passage?
Oops out of order AGAIN... Mer and B played here for half an hour one day, just sitting on the couch together in some sort of made up game. Mer really liked having an older kid around most of the day while B was here.