Monday, February 27, 2012

A sick week

The 'day of awesome' was the lead-off to the Family Day long weekend here in SK.  It was also the start of a week off school for Jorja and a few days off work for me.  I had a few holidays left to use up from last year, so I thought I would use them this week.  The girls were both looking forward to being at daycare all day together for the week, so I thought I could get a few projects done around the house.  Boy, was I wrong.

Sunday was a good day - we all went swimming.  I don't remember if we did much of anything on the holiday Monday.  I don't think so.  I think the kids were already starting to feel sick, so I rented them Cars 2.  On Tuesday they all went to daycare, but Jorja was feeling pretty rough.  By that night she had a good fever going and was hacking up a lung.  Wednesday morning I took her to the doctor and left we left with antibiotics for her throat.  I kept all the kids home for the rest of the day. 

On Thursday CeCe started going downhill.  She napped in the morning and afternoon which is unheard of.  So when Julie got home from work I took her to the doctor as well (she was running a fever too).  We left with antibiotics for her ear.  The only nice thing about really sick kids is how snugly they are.  CeCe and I waited almost an hour to see a doctor and she was content to just sit on my lap.  Yup, she was sick.

On Friday, Ginny started to get a fever, so I took her in too.  It turned out she was okay - nothing bacterial anyway. 

Now don't get me wrong - I love my kids, but by last night  I was ready to go back to work and ready for them to go to school and daycare.  CeCe is still pretty snotty, and Jorja still has a bit of a cough, but they were alright.  It was a looonnngg week.  And one that is going to be expensive when we get the next phone/cable bill.  Another day when they were not doing anything but laying around I rented them The Smurfs. 

I think they were all ready to get back to normal today though too.  They were some hyper when they got home - all of them.  I'm glad they had a good day.  Sometimes a little space makes it easier to appreciate each other.  Later.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

The stupendous day of awesome

Today started out pretty much like any other Saturday.  Little did we know that it would turn into the 'stupendous day of awesome.'  But I'll get to the awesomeness in a moment.  Let's start at the beginning.  The conversation between Julie and I went something like this: 

What should we do today? 
I'm not sure, what do you want to do? 
I don't know.  Who's taking Ginny to piano lessons?
Should we all go out and do something after?
What would we do after?
I don't know.  Farmer's market?
Alright, let's gather the troupes.

It was decided that Julie would take Ginny to piano lessons, so that left Jorja, CeCe and me an hour to kill.  I opted for a car wash first.  CeCe was a little freaked out, so big sister Jorja covered her eyes.  That seemed to ease the nervousness a bit.  Tears were avoided and all was well.  (A little bit of awesome.)

Ginny got to pick the locale for lunch and she picked 'Timim Horton's'.  CeCe really got into her dessert.  Well mostly anyway.  She just ate the top half off the doughnut until no more icing or sprinkles were visible.  Then she was miraculously full.  (A little more awesome.)

Next we were off to the farmer's market.  There had recently been a winter festival there and some of the ice sculptures were still there.  There was an ice castle complete with a little luge track that the girls went down.  There was also an ice bench to sit on with a bit of straw on it to take the edge off. (Really awesome!)

All that excitement seemed a bit much for CeCe.  She crashed on the way to our next destination.  We were going to a used kids' clothing store to see what we could find for dresses.  Little did we know that on this day of awesome, there was an even better treat in store.

FACE PAINTING!!  (Extreme awesome!!)

Poor CeCe didn't wake up until the other two were all done at the store.  So she stayed in the car and slept while I played with my iPhone and Julie took the girls in.

From there, we went to Booster Juice for a smoothie and then made one final stop at Auntie J's house.  (One last bit of awesome.)  By the time we got home, it was almost supper time.  Needless to say, we had some tired girls by the time bed time rolled around.  Jorja dubbed the day, the 'stupendous day of awesome.'  A fairly good start to Family Day weekend I would say.  My only fear is that we peaked too soon.  It's going to be tough to top this day.  Later. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

You need to shave

Here we are, the middle of February already.  I'm not sure where the last week has gone.  Oh well, one more day and then it's the weekend for me. 

Yesterday was Valentine's day (which you probably know) and the girls were really into it this year.  We were showered with love - craft, cards, pictures, flowers and a balloon.  The girls each got a little pink bear from Dee (our daycare provider) and that is where Ginny did all her crafts.  She decorated a jar and turned it into a vase and made a door hanger.  All really impressive.  They also got to decorate heart-shaped cookies, which they didn't have time to eat there, so they had them at home.  Those were some red-icing coloured faces and fingers.

Have I mentioned how much CeCe loves Elmo.  If you check out this video or this one you'll see what we have to spend a lot of time listening to.  CeCe walks around all day and sings, "I'm Elmo and I know it."  And they all dance like crazy to the second one.  If you think it's just a lullaby, you didn't watch far enough.  You'll know what I mean when you get there. Nanananananananana!

I haven't shaved in almost three weeks now, and I'm starting to get some not so subtle hints that it's time.  Last night, the bedtime conversation went something like this:
Ginny:  You need to shave.
Me:  I'm growing a beard.
Ginny: You need to shave.

Me: I'm growing a beard.
Ginny: You need to shave.

Me: I'm growing a beard.
Ginny: You need to shave.

Me: I'm growing a beard.
It's hard to fight reasoning like that.  Julie isn't a big fan either.  By not a big fan I mean not a fan at all really. 

Jorja brought home a book on sea turtles today.  When she was finished reading it, she had an announcement to make.  Sea turtles are now her third favourite animal.  Right behind monkeys and pandas.  At least we don't have to worry about them as pets.  Later.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

CeCe turns two

Today was CeCe's second birthday.  Hard to believe really.  It seems like yesterday, and yet so much has happened since then.  If it hadn't been for her, I probably never would have started writing this blog.  Well, her and Julie being sick and me being off work on parental leave.  A long story.  That seems like a long time ago.

We had a bit of a party for her on Saturday.  Not too big, she doesn't really get it yet.  We had our sitter and her family over as well as Julie's cousin.  She got right into the swing of things though.  We asked her if she was having a birthday party.  She got all excited and said, "Yeah, pawties!"  For some reason she was always having more than one.  Julie bought balloons and had them filled with helium.  She thought that was pretty special.  She's really into Elmo right now, so Julie made her an Elmo cake:
By this time of the meal, she had already pulled her pony tails out.  Her hair is still pretty short, but Julie managed to put a couple of little 'sprouts' in there.  After all, the other girls were having their hair done and she doesn't like to be left out.  When Julie was done, Ginny looked at CeCe's little sprouts and said, "She looks like and alien."  They're ponies Ginny, not antennae, but thanks for your honesty.

Then came time for the presents.  After opening her first one and getting a couple of books, it was tough to get her to keep going.  'I've got two new books, why would I need to open anything else?'  Eventually she got into them all and was vibrating when she pulled her new rock and roll Elmo out of the bag.  We can't even blame anyone else - we bought it ourselves.  We must be getting soft.  We resisted all the talking/tickling Elmos for almost seven years now.  He's not so bad though.  He plays the drums and tambourine and isn't even too loud.  Maybe I'm just getting better at tuning things out. 

So today, her actual birthday was kind of low key.  They did have cupcakes at the sitter's house, and I stuck a candle in a cookie after supper.  We also measured her on our 'wall'.  I think she may be our little one.  We don't have a measurement from Jorja's second birthday, but she's about an inch shorter that Ginny was.  Oh well, being the shortest isn't so bad. 

Happy birthday CeCe.  We love you.  Later.