Bugs

With three kids, it was bound to happen at some point… lice, or as Myers likes to say, “bugs in the hair.” As Rachel was helping Louisa with brushing her hair this morning, she noticed that Louisa had lice. She consulted with me and we agreed that Louisa should stay home from school, and luckily, I had the day off. We didn’t want to alarm the boys, so as I drove the kids to school, I told them that Louisa had to go to the doctor and that’s why she wouldn’t be going to school. I took Louisa to the pharmacy and bought the kit to treat her hair, as well as spray to treat all of the furniture in our home, as well as the car seats and interiors of our cars.

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Louisa had to wait 10 mins before I could rinse the lice shampoo from her hair

First thing, I wanted to tackle Louisa’s hair before it got any worse, so I spent the entire morning treating her hair. The shampoo part was easy — just apply to dry hair and wait for 10 minutes before rinsing it out. But the combing took forever. I had to go one small section at a time and it took two and a half hours, BUT Louisa only had three bugs total and only one extremely small patch of eggs (and even then, I’m not convinced it was eggs, but maybe just so flakes from dry scalp?). Rachel came home early from work to help with the task of disinfecting everything — blankets, sheets, pillows, pillowcases, clothes, furniture, stuffed animals, mattresses, etc… anything and everything we could think of. I even went to the store and bought replacement pillows and hairbrushes.

We’re supposed to repeat Louisa’s hair treatment in ten days from now, just to be extra sure everything is gone. While I totally dread doing that, I will be glad to have all of this behind us!

Rainbow House

We recently learned that Louisa’s art, along with the art of nine other students, was chosen for display in a local art show. In typical Louisa fashion, she acted like the art show was no big deal. She talked about being happy that another kid, a friend, was picked for the show but seemed to not think much about the fact that she, too, was chosen. Of course, we made a big deal over it… we were and continue to be very proud of her!

None of us got to preview her work before the show, so it truly was a surprise. I managed to get away from work for a couple of hours to attend the opening reception and BB, Hank, and Uncle Lee all came, too (plus Mommy, Myers, and Graham, of course!). Louisa’s art teacher, Ms. D, was there to greet parents and kids. She was talking to me about Louisa’s work (see below) and mentioned to me that the title, which was missing from the card hanging next to her work, is “Rainbow House.” My reply: “Well, she does have two moms!” Ms. D’s face turned bright red and then she exclaimed, “Oh, that is just perfect, really perfect!”

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I told Louisa I couldn’t wait to find a special place for her art in our house. BB said, “Hey, wait a minute…” As I told BB, sorry, but this art comes home! We all got to have unfermented grape juice and cheese lemonade and cookies before Louisa and I trotted off, just the two of us, to see and talk about some of the other art there. We saw some impressive stuff, no doubt, but Louisa’s Rainbow House is still my fave.

DIY

Last night, as I was doing dishes and tidying the kitchen, I noticed an opened bottle of Elmer’s glue sitting on the counter. The cap was completely off and there was glue dripping down the side. I thought uh-oh, what have these kids gotten into?!, so I looked around but found no evidence of any messes involving glue. Since the kids were already in bed, I couldn’t ask them why the glue was left open in the kitchen or what they were up to. I just threw the messy glue bottle away and dismissed the whole thing.

THEN…

This morning, Myers couldn’t wait to show off his DIY skates, made from two wooden car bases/pieces and his old Crocs, which had been glued together. Louisa made sure to tell us it was her idea, but that she and Myers had worked on it together. Rachel and I were so surprised and impressed with their invention that we couldn’t even get mad. Check it out:

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Happy 7th Birthday, Louisa

Last week, we took Louisa and one friend of her choice, Amelie, to the American Girl store to celebrate Louisa’s birthday. We had lunch in the diner, which was actually quite good! Louisa got to wear a party hat and was given a sticker that says “It’s my birthday.” Her doll also got a matching sticker and hat, and Amelie and her doll also got stickers. The dining tables had special booster seats that attached for the dolls to sit and their dolls had special booster seats for sitting with us at the table. The dolls even got their own little cup and saucer!

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When the waitress brought out the cake, they also sang Happy Birthday to Louisa.

We let each of the girls design a t-shirt for her doll and then we let Louisa pick out one extra thing for her doll. She chose a cowgirl outfit, complete with a cowboy hat and boots. BB also bought some little set for her, but made her wait until today to open it.

We kicked off today by going to the ice skating rink, which you can read about here: https://capricornbaby.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/ice-ice-baby/. And then tonight, a small family party to celebrate our sweet Louisa. Rachel and I gave her some American Girl books and BB/Papa Hank gave her the backpack she’s been wanting all year, which is embroidered with her name and has a horse on it. Heck, even I want one!

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Ice, ice, baby

To kick off Louisa’s birthday, and to get in the Christmas spirit, we took the kids to a local Christmas event at an entertainment venue. The grand hall was decorated with every kind of Christmas tree imaginable and the kids got to place a vote for their favorite tree. The kids wanted to get their faces painted, so Rachel and I took turns holding their places in line while they played in the large bouncy house nearby. The woman who was painting faces was just so nice and patient. She was thrilled when Louisa picked the candle design! She said none of the kids ever want that one and that Louisa was the first. I’m reminded of how, when Louisa was a wee thing, she would point to a lit candle and say, “My flame!” I love that Louisa chose a candle on her birthday. I also loved that the painter, who happened to be Muslim and in full dress, wished all of the kids a happy Christmas.

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After the kids got their faces painted, we took them ice skating for the first time. The venue occasionally sets up an ice rink to host hockey games for our local team. When they do this, they leave the rink open and available to the public for skating. They had skates available in all sizes and even had stabilizers for the kids to use. Unfortunately, the stabilizers got snatched up pretty quickly, so Rachel had to hold the boys’ hands until one became available. Some nice lady who’d helped earlier with getting the boys properly strapped into their skates volunteered to help hold hands. I was especially grateful since I’m unable to skate and help myself. I did enjoy watching the kids, especially Louisa, who took to the ice with ease. She fell a few times, but did a great job and even helped scoot her brothers around. Check out the videos below!

Happy 5th Birthday to Myers + Graham

Thursday was the boys’ 5th birthday — unbelievable! The day was filled with celebrating by sharing cookies at school with friends and then going to BB’s house for dinner, where we had pizza and birthday cake/ice cream. Myers and Graham got some cool presents: Ninja Turtle masks, Transformers, some action figures, and new pajamas!

In past years, we’ve prepared muffins for the boys’ school snack, but this year we sent along store bought chocolate chip cookies. Myers and Graham could’ve cared less that the snack came from a store and Myers’s teacher, Ms. E, sent me this picture. It’s Myers sitting in Ms. F’s lap, eating snack. Looks like he had a good time!

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Santa 2014

While it’s a little early in the year to visit Santa and get the kids excited about Christmas, we also didn’t want to miss out on seeing this Santa and this was the only appointment we could get. When we arrived, there were maybe two families ahead of us, also waiting to see Santa. Next to the line was a table with pencils and paper where kids could write their wish lists. Louisa was thrilled to show off some of her newly acquired writing skills and got to work right away. The boys, however, aren’t yet able to write much more than their names, so I told them to instead draw pictures.

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While the kids were busy writing their lists, I had a private chat with the woman who helps run the whole thing and asked her if she could tell Santa to not mention “Daddy.” Last year, he said several times things like, “Make sure you’re good for your Mom and Dad,” which gets confusing because our kids have a Mama and a Mommy and they’d be left wondering why Santa didn’t know that about them because he’s supposed to know! She was so nice and accommodating and before our kids called up for their Santa visit, I saw her remind Santa of our discussion.

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Santa was awesome! He took a lot of time with the kids and reviewed each one’s wish list. What was especially impressive to me was that he never once forgot their names or mixed up the boys’ names. Just before the kids went up, I warned Louisa that Santa may need help reading her wish list (her spelling and writing is usually difficult to read because she’s learning and mixes words and sounds). When she asked me why, I explained, “Well, Santa sometimes has trouble seeing very well. See? He wears glasses!” She seemed satisfied with my answer and gladly helped Santa interpret her list. By the way, Santa never once mentioned “Dad.”

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Graham was a little shy and started out by sitting on the floor next to Santa, while Louisa and Myers happily sat on Santa’s lap. Eventually, he warmed up after Louisa offered to hold his hand. The best part of the visit was when Santa asked the kids who would make chocolate chip cookies for him. (See the video below)

Now that our time with Santa is over and done, it’s time to get ready for… Halloween!