In the interest of keeping all things real and not perpetuating a false picture of what life is really like, may I present what our first week back at school after the Christmas break has looked like:
Monday: We get a little bit of school done, math, reading, practice piano, before it is time to go to piano lessons for 1 1/2 hours (all three younger children have lessons.) By the time we get home, after stopping and checking on the oldest Angel who has a sore throat and not eating or drinking much, it is nearly 4:30 p.m. and time to start dinner. Dear Son 2 and I make Ginger Pork with Pearl rice, with him doing most of the cooking because I steamed my fingers the week before, burning three of them, and so need to stay away from heat as much as possible.
Tuesday: The Angel is home for the day, getting over his sore throat. He's eating and drinking a little more but not fully better yet. Dear Son 2 however is now sick and complaining of a headache, achiness, and a scratchy throat. So, since half of the student population is down for the day, we call a sick day and cancel school - with everyone getting comfy on the king-size bed and watching a movie on Dad's big television in the bedroom, followed by an afternoon spent in the living room with a nice warm fire and a
sometimes not so friendly Mario Kart competition. Dinner is take-out from Los Charros.
Wednesday: The Angel is finally back in school but Dear Son 2 is worse. I NEED to get some errands done, so everyone heads to the car. Make a deposit, Longs Drugs and the 99 Cent store, Old Navy, PetSmart and WinCo. (Old Navy probably doesn't sound like a NEED to go place, but Angel really needed a coat, and it's right next to PetSmart where I was heading anyway -- and how could I resist with all of the windows plastered with 50% OFF signs?? How? Anyway, I found a Great Coat for him on sale for only $9.49 -- yes, for under $10 dollars I got a great, warm denim & corduroy coat. It was such a good deal, that I actually spent $20 more dollars and got one for the other boys, too!) DS2 spends the rest of the day on the couch, while the younger two are given the task of cleaning our bird feeders so we can fill them with the thistle seed we got at PetSmart to feed all of our little Goldfinch friends. (see the blog header) Dinner is Sweet & Tangy Short Ribs, which is all done in the oven so I was able to do it myself, with veggies and garlic bread.
Thursday: Dear Son 2 is better, but Dear Son 3 spent most of the night moaning, NOT a good sign. Yes, he wakes up and feels terrible. Spends all day in bed, asleep most of the time with occasional periods of waking to have a bite or two of food, a small drink of water, or watch a few minutes of Galaxy Quest or The Life of Mammals before he closes his eyes and drifts off again. Dear Daughter is not as bad, but still spends a good bit of time on the couch taking a morning, noon and afternoon nap. I hung out a few of our feeders to see how long it would take the birds to find them - then crochet in front of the window and watch them. DS2 fills up the rest of the feeders to set outside tomorrow, and together we make macaroni and cheese for dinner (the REAL kind!). A simple dinner since Dad is working late.
Friday: Dear Son 3 is still asleep, but he didn't moan as much last night, which I consider a good sign. In the middle of the night, I developed the headache they were all complaining of. Dear Son 2 woke up before 10:00 a.m. - WOW! Well, okay, he said the dogs actually woke him up, but that works, too! DD is reading all of this over my shoulder as I write (and has been spell-checking me, too!) Yes, it looks like today is going to be another productive day!