This list has been about a week in the making, thus it keeps growing. Life will slow down someday, right?
- A couple weeks ago Joseph ate something that disagreed with him - it led to a late-night bath (which he loved), three changes of pajamas, and a cuddle session with Momma that lasted until 2am. And, yet, when he wasn't getting sick or sleeping, he was giggling and smiling. Happiest sick baby ever.
- That same week, we studied the 10 Plagues of Egypt here at home. As a result, Micaiah still talks about how we're all going to live because we put "blood" (in the form of a red ribbon) over our door (though Daddy's fate was questionable, because he was at work at the time and, thereby, not in the house), and the children continue to ask to drink blood at lunch (don't worry, we used Kool-Aid instead, because vampires aren't as cool as some people pretend).
- After a random suggestion by Micaiah, we planned an impromptu Saturday visit to the zoo last weekend. It was pretty much the best zoo trip I could imagine. Well, except for Emmett's insistence on calling the Bison "buffalo"- Mommy's still working on him. He's still not cooperating.
- While playing with the Nativity set last week, Micaiah (playing the part of Mary) instructed the Wise Men, "I don't want the stuff you brought; I just want stuff for the baby. I need water for the baby; bring me water!" That's our practical girl.
- Joseph has begun cruising around the house, walking along the edge of the fireplace (which is lined with pillows, lest you worry) and the couches. We predict walking before Christmas.
- Also, just in time for Christmas, Joseph's two front teeth. Wish granted.
- Last week, after I got out of class early, I broke Emmett out of his class and spent a little time playing in the nursery with just him. How fun it was to see what his little imagination comes up with all on his own, apart from influence from Big Sister. I almost never get an opportunity to have one-on-one Emmett time and those imaginary cookies coming out of the microwave (and refrigerator, and cabinet . . .) of the toy kitchen were just about the best I'd ever tasted.
- I had a rare good-Mommy moment when I created an impromptu lesson on Joshua and the walls of Jericho last week. We all marched around the wooden-block city of Jericho, shouted for all we had and watched the walls fall. We then watched the VeggieTales rendition of Josh and the Big Wall, because what Jericho lesson would be complete without the French Peas?
- We made a family (+ Adopt-a-Bison) made a visit to the annual Christmas Parade on Main St. The weather was perfect and the kids were perfectly content with the short half hour we stayed - they saw Santa (who Micaiah now insists is real) and each got a Tootsie Roll, what else could they need? After, we decorated Christmas cookies, for which Micaiah promptly created an eating schedule ("I will eat the star after lunch tomorrow, and then I'll eat the snowman after dinner . . .), to which she stuck perfectly.
And those are just the highlights . . .