Sunday we were under a winter storm watch. We were only expecting 6-10 inches of snow, but with winds 25mph with gusts up to 33, the snow was blowing every which way causing "blizzard-like" conditions. So we did not make it to Mass.
I'm sure we look like the biggest bunch of Milwaukee wimps but having a newborn and 6 young kids puts leaving the house in a different category altogether.
Monday, February 2, Presentation, Groundhog Day, Felicity's Baptism Day
I was expecting today to be a busy and chaotic but it was instead a different kind of busy/chaotic.
James, Cecilia, Felicity and I spent 2 1/2 hours shoveling out the driveway and front walk.
While we were shoveling, Cecilia, Felicity and Elizabeth did their handwriting and geography inside. I checked over them during a break. By the time I had finished shoveling, James was ready to leave for work and Thomas had quit his 45 minute nap. I nursed him and took a much-needed shower.
|It was amazing how bright the living room was from the reflection off the snow. This was early in the morning and the sun rises on the other side of the house.|
|The US bombs Japan - see the quasi mushroom cloud - and people rejoice the war is over.|
|Japan bombs Pearl Harbor, Great Britain and France are unhappy and asking for help and the US says "We will help!"|
We also had an AHG meeting and, fortunately, the roads were clear and dry. I was surprised how quickly we made the 50 minute drive (and no, I wasn't speeding). Although Elizabeth stayed home not feeling well, I helped the other Pathfinders make picture frames of foam and decorate with stickers. Cecilia learned more about aviation, built several paper airplanes and competed in a paper airplane competition. Felicity reviewed the primary and secondary colors using food coloring and icing and completed her cake decorating badge.
Tuesday, February 3, St. Blaise
I still wanted to get some school work done today but, that aside, I declared it a sick day. Brigid's and Elizabeth's noses keep running, Felicity and Teresa both have wicked coughs, Thomas is congested and I swore someone was stabbing me in the throat all night. Cecilia had a stuffy nose and was complaining her back, arms and legs were sore, probably from shoveling snow on Monday. Cecilia did do 2 math lessons and her english and Felicity did her spelling and one math page but I had her stop when it became obvious even simple math I knew she knew was proving difficult with a stuffy, congested head.
As the day wore on I felt only worse and by the afternoon was relatively useless and incapacitated. I didn't want to move. I wanted to sleep, but they wouldn't let me sleep, so I wanted to do something, but I felt too awful to do anything. I tried to take a shower but had to make the water cooler when Teresa climbed in with me. I took two ibuprofen but it took until dinner time before I became functional enough to get a few things done, like the dishes and dinner and a bath for Brigid, which was its own challenge when she used the tub as a toilet. But I have a clean tub now! Everyone fell asleep pretty quickly and, other than Thomas, Teresa was the only one to get up all night and that was only once.
Wednesday, February 4
Wednesday was definitely better. I was still tired and we were all still sick, but I wasn't quite so useless. Elizabeth, despite not having done any school work on Tuesday, completed all 10 pages of her math for the week! Cecilia did another math lesson and her spelling for the week. And Felicity did a few more pages of math. Thomas wouldn't give me more than a 30 minute break until after lunch, but once he was down for a nap, I gathered the oldest three and we did religion, going over the 4th and 5th commandments.
Thursday, February 5, St. Agatha
Cecilia, Felicity, Elizabeth and Teresa all had dental cleanings this morning. James took them and, happily, none had any cavities. What was really exciting was how well behaved Teresa was, considering her tendency to cause trouble, for her very first dentist visit. They all came home wearing crowns and crowing about their new toothbrushes, pencils, stickers, etc.
Cecilia did her remaining math lesson and Felicity did another page in Math and Elizabeth did her spelling. We still didn't completely finish for the week but considering we were all sick this week, we still did pretty well and got a lot done.
I ran out and bought a cork board, staple gun, ribbon and batting to make a display board. I realized after all the Christmas cards how many friends and family we don't live anywhere near, so I wanted a board on which we could display them all, remember everyone, and pray for everyone. Unfortunately I didn't buy enough ribbon and ran out before I could finish. So, no pictures yet.
Friday, February 6
Unfortunately, Thomas had a rough night. The cold that had plagued everyone else all week finally hit him with full force. He was a coughing, gagging, congested, nose running mess and by 3am was running a fever. So, having held him and nursed him to no sleepy avail, I got him some Tylenol and put him in the swing, which, thankfully, got him a solid 5 or so hour nap. I was a bit tired though.
Fortunately my dad had flown in the night before and the girls were over the moon to see him. From Disney Trivia board game to sledding out front to blocks to water color paints, they kept each other busy most of the day.
My dad brought some mail with him that was sent to me but at his address, our prior address. One item was from my alma mater for Thomas in congratulations. I thought it was so cool and sweet of them.
Cecilia also showed my dad the Legos she has been working on, including this one we got her for her birthday:
Saturday, February 7
Saturday was a busy crazy day. James and my dad took Cecilia, Felicity, Elizabeth and Teresa to the movies to see Paddington while I got Thomas a nap at home and Brigid helped me ice Cecilia's cupcakes.
After their movie was over, we all met up at the Children's Museum for a couple hours of play and fun.
|Baker Birthday Girl!|
|Cecilia turned (honest) journalist!|
|She has been asking for ages to learn Spanish.|
|A meteorological device.|
It has almost been like 10 days of Cecilia's Birthday but she was quite happy with it. You only turn 9 once. It was, as you can see, a bit of a long week, although it seems like most of them are nowadays. They will slow down eventually right? Right? :)
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