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Sick Days

#3 walked in the door 3 minutes ago and already is down to his boxers, drinking a can of Pepsi – which apparently makes his stomach feel better.  (I did not know that about Pepsi.)  He started the day okay (I think – I mostly parented from my bed this morning) but called at 9:11complaining of a stomach ache.

I told him to eat the Nurse’s Office saltines (hey, that should be a brand name: Nurse’s Office Saltines.  Or what about Sunday School Animal Crackers?  Or Park District Soccer Game Juice Boxes?) and lie down until he felt better.  I even encouraged him to push through till lunch, when he could get him some of that High School Cafeteria Pizza.   However, it just wasn’t to be.  He called 6 minutes later and said that he wasn’t feeling any better and could he just come home.  Yeah, 6 whole minutes and he wasn’t feeling any better!

So, it is now 9:45, and he’s already finished his Pepsi and is on to last night’s leftovers and some pretzels.  Poor kid.  He hasn’t decided yet whether he’ll be upstairs or downstairs.  I’m hoping for upstairs so that I can pretend he’s not here.  I mean, I like him and all, but it’s a school day, and that’s supposed to mean that I get to be kidless for a few hours.  Which leads me to yesterday…

Okay, granted it was Monday and cold and rainy, but wouldn’t you know that #5 wasn’t feeling well when she woke up? And being the lazy-butt mother that I am, I even planted the seed in #6’s mind that maybe she wasn’t feeling too well, either.  That way, I could get out of making lunches or driving anyone to school.  It worked; the cold she was starting over the weekend turned into a full blown (and I mean at-death’s-door) case of sniffles and a headache.

My kids rarely have fevers or any truly measurable ailments.  They have headaches and stomach aches and have even learned that sore throats are hard for me to verify.  So, if you mix it up a bit and have, say, a headache and a stomach ache one week and then just a sore throat the next, Mom will let you stay home.  But don’t combine too many ailments too often or Mom will a) not believe you or b) make you go get a gaggy strep test from Nurse Jana.  Also, if you get picky about which medicine you want to take, Mom’s gonna get suspicious.

So here’s how the girls’ day went yesterday:

  • Acted sick enough to stay home until the coast was clear.
  • Asked for saltines and Sprite (sorry, no Sprite – and I wasn’t offering Pepsi because I did not yet know of its miraculous healing powers)
  • Got all comfy in Mom & Dad’s bed with books
  • Continued to be comfy in Mom & Dad’s bed with t.v. and coloring
  • Felt well enough to eat half a loaf of chocolate chip pumpkin bread
  • “Slept” because Mom was starting to mention going back to school after lunch
  • #5 cleaned her room (she likes order) while #6 got out scissors and created lots of tiny paper scraps (she doesn’t care so much for order)
  • Played Webkinz school
  • Bickered
  • “Slept”
  • Watched a heck of a lot of Disney Channel

Me?  I stayed in my jammies most of the day (well, they did request that I put on a bra at one point) and did housework.  I never made it to the gym or the grocery store, but it wasn’t a bad day.

There will be no sick kids tomorrow.  It is my coffee day.  The kids know that by now.


September 30, 2008 at 10:17 am 4 comments

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September 24, 2008 at 7:31 am 1 comment

The Cutest House in Tennessee

Check this out…

It’s my mom’s house.  If you’re thinking about moving to Tennessee, the price is right!

September 18, 2008 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Wordless Wednesday

September 17, 2008 at 9:19 am 2 comments

Happy birthday, #5!

10 years ago today, in the wee hours of the morning, we were on our way to the hospital.  I was beginning to consider whether Daddy could deliver you in the pickup truck.  I blame the cutting-it-close to my insistence that he run back in the house for my gold earrings 10 minutes earlier.  (I wanted to look cute for pictures.)

When you were born, we could hardly believe we had delivered our first baby girl.  Grandma and Grandpa were sure we were kidding.  When your birth was announced in church later that morning, there was actual applause!

You have such a kind and tender heart, and you always stick up for the underdog.  You are sensitive to what God wants you to do, and we see you learning for yourself how much He loves you.  You are helpful and fun and refreshingly girly (even though you asked Dad if you could say “crap” now that you’re 10).

You have been a joy to all of us, and we are so glad you were born.

Mom and Dad

September 13, 2008 at 3:45 pm 3 comments

So proud

First ever cross country race, and he finished strong.  Profusely sweaty, but strong.  Dang, we love this kid!

(Someday I’m going to regret those sunglasses.)

September 6, 2008 at 11:31 am 1 comment

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