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Three days of kids home sick

David’s on day 3, Greg’s on day 1. If the cycle continues, I’ll probably have all three home tomorrow. I also have the sore throat and the cough is starting. Nick seems impervious. Yay for Nick!

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Living in the backyard

This morning Greg and I were snuggling on the couch and he tells me “I’m going to go live in the backyard soon.” Which was totally unrelated to our conversation. I was puzzled, too, because it is winter and not really the best time of year to be in the elements. I asked him how he was going to deal with the cold and without batting an eye, he launched into a description of how he was going to put solar panels on the roof for electricity and use a rain barrel to catch water for his bathing needs. I wasn’t sure whether to laugh or to ask him how he planned to cook his meals. I am imagining a little cottage made from one of those sheds you see everywhere in our neighborhood (older houses lack storage, naturally) with rain gutters and solar panels on top and I am still giggling over it.

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Everything is funny this morning

1. The sign says 5 days until visit the Popes. David says “We’re going to see the Pope? More than one?” Me: “Yes, we’re becoming Catholic. It’s a big deal.” (No, we aren’t really. Yes, people have asked. No, just no.)
2. Picasa recognizes me in pictures regardless of what’s on my head. (I apparently put a lot of silly things on my head.)
3. No one wanted to go to school today, not even Ben. Ben always wants to go to school. He pretended he was a cat for 20 minutes and ignored me (with appropriate head turnings and pawing.)

The Heater Hates Me

So, no heat for us today. Or rather, we have replaced a part that will temporarily allow us a bit of heat, but at much lower temps than we are used to…because another part is broken, which made the “engine” (for lack of better word) of the heater overheat…and that could break any time now. Unfortunately, everyone up to and including the company that makes the heater seems to be out of that particular part, so who knows when it can be fixed. Oh the joy. Fortunately, the children and I are blanket hoarders.

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Science ruins magic

Actual kid conversation at breakfast: B: “Sometimes being smart bums me out.” Me: “For example?” B: “Rainbows. They’re supposed to be all magic and cool, but I know they’re really refracted light.” D: “Yeah, science ruins magic.” Me: “But sometimes science lets you see so far down into things that you find more magic!” Them: *silence*

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David funny

I couldn’t find my other shoe this morning (of any pair — Rose keeps running off with them) and it’s too cold for bare feet. David shouts to me from the other room “You only need one shoe to put the pedal to the metal, Mom!”

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My kids crack me up.

I was talking about one of my Christmas presents, a writer’s toolbox, and telling them that we’d play with it later. Two kids were interested in doing it while the third said “I have a great idea! You write the stories and I will sell them for you!”

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The TARDIS is a REALLY BIG cookie jar.

Woke up with a migraine, accident prone, and missing the necessary ingredients to make muffins. Decided to go back to bed. Woke up, continued to be all of the above, and declared it Laze Around and Fend For Yourself Day. The children cheered and ran to the Tardis.

Happy 2014? Maybe

First day of the new year was spent being sick, cleaning the house from the last several months of on-the-run living, and watching movies with my littlies while the two biggest males played Ticket to Ride.

Happy New Years 2014!

We were all a little under the weather for New Years Eve this year. We were tired, the parties we wanted to go to were far off, and to be honest, home sounded really good this year…

Setting off some small fireworks to get the night started.

Setting off some small fireworks to get the night started.

I threw the party together in about 45 minutes. I started with a run to the dollar store for supplies: small little doodads for goodie bags, a fresh glue stick, some ribbon, and some discounted glittery balls for the Photo Booth…

Some of our New Years Eve goodies.

Some of our New Years Eve goodies.

I made some treat bags with paper lunch sacks (we have to get a whole bag every year for school and end up using three) clocks downloaded from the internet, and lots of fun!

The garland we made last week at Grandma's house is now complete!

The garland we made last week at Grandma’s house is now complete!

Opening the first goodie bag of the night.

Opening the first goodie bag of the night.

We were going to use some Photo Booth supplies I’d picked up ages ago at Wal-mart, but when I couldn’t find them, Nick reminded me that I’d donated them to a church pre-teen event (I never saw photos from that, btw!)

Our own little Photo Booth.

Our own little Photo Booth.

We loved glittering up these photo booth props. (We found them online and cut them out ourselves.)

We loved glittering up these photo booth props. (We found them online and cut them out ourselves.)

David said I couldn't post this to facebook, but he never said I couldn't post it on my blog! Bwahaha!

David said I couldn’t post this to facebook, but he never said I couldn’t post it on my blog! Bwahaha!

Trying out the photo booth myself.

Trying out the photo booth myself.

Nick said he was watching football, but slept through most of the evening.

Nick said he was watching football, butslept through most of the evening.

We loved the sentiment this sign displayed, so we printed one of our own.

We loved the sentiment this sign displayed, so we printed one of our own.

All our snacks came from a Christmas present from Grandma

All our snacks came from a Christmas present from Grandma

Another hour, another goodie bag. I made them all out of things found at the dollar store.

Another hour, another goodie bag.

Even with hourly goodie bags, the evening dragged on, so we watched Harry Potter while we waited for the countdown.

Movie watching time!

Movie watching time!

Finally it’s time for the big countdown!

The end of the evening and the last of the mini fireworks.

The end of the evening and the last of the mini fireworks.