Saturday and Sunday Notes:
This was Christmas party weekend. We had two Christmas parties to attend as a family which means the kids ate more cookies and candy in two days than should be legal, and loved every minute of it! Joseph got home from a winter campout in time to attend both parties, and on Sunday evening had a Court of Honor where he got 7 merit badges from his summer scout camp work.
I knew going into the week that we would only have three days of school. The other two days were going to be full of doctor and specialist appointments - 13 to be exact. In the end 11 of those appointments were cancelled due to vomit.
Kids woke on their own schedules, ate breakfast, and got busy with school work. I sat at the table to help whoever needed me. It was new math lesson day so I taught things like adding doubles, skip counting by 5, using tally marks, and division with remainders. Reading lessons happened with four kids. Makayla and I translated a couple of Latin paragraphs. Emma worked on physical science. It was just a normal Monday morning.
I think my favorite thing today was reading: kids reading aloud to me, kids reading on their own and telling me about their books, me reading aloud to kids, and people listening to audio books. Winter weather always makes me want to curl up and read and I'm thankful that many of my kids have the same inclination. I'm also thankful for audio books so those who would rather keep their hands busy can still 'read' great books at the same time.
My morning started with my 3 year old Tobias coming down stairs and throwing up before 7:00am. Never a good way to start the day, but everyone else seemed fine so we just plugged along with our last day of school for the week. That afternoon Emma headed to the orthodontist to get the first half of her braces (upper teeth). When we got home things started going downhill. Kids started throwing up, feeling sick, and laying around with bowls just in case. The average number of times vomit happened per child today was 5, though Tobias escaped with just once and Oliver had the record high of 7. Mason busted almost every blood vessel in his face during his several turns throwing up, so he looks like he has a lot of pink/red freckles now over his entire face. I called and cancelled Mason's 11 doctor appointment that were on Thursday and Friday.
Almost everyone still felt yucky but nobody threw up. That is really the only thing that matters. There was very little done besides manage symptoms and keep people as comfortable as possible. Joseph had an orthodontist appointment and ended up with power chains and bands, so he's joining Emma in the miserable, sore mouth club. Emma turned 13 today, thankfully we celebrated earlier this month because she didn't feel up to any celebrating today.
Most were feeling 'not worse' and some even 'a bit better' today. I called for a totally lazy tv day when we discovered new seasons and episodes of various shows, as well as some old favorites. The shows people were most excited about today:
- Doctor Who current season (watching on Amazon) - 2 episodes
- Lego Ninjago season 9 (watching on Amazon Prime) - 2 episodes
- Miraculous (newest season, released today on Netflix) - 13 episodes
Yes, you can see the one people were most excited about, can't you? We spread those 25 minute Miraculous episodes out over the day. There was much laughing, shrieking, sighing, celebrating, and guessing as we went through the episodes. It was fantastic and I suspect much drawing, story writing, and discussing will result.
Other than a lazy tv day, I fed people when they felt up to eating, did diaper changes, and held a generally fussy Rebekah all.day.long.
It is Friday evening. I'm beat. Little ones have napped on an off today since they don't feel well. That means they aren't ready for bed even though it is bedtime. I'm hoping they get sleepy soon because I'm ready for bed! Daddy is home and we're tag teaming the rest of the night.