Excuse me for being MIA. I was desperately needed to bring health and well-being back to my family in SC. You know I'm the ONLY one who can do this.
Seems poor old Toby ended up in the hospital with double pneumonia, double ear-infections, strep throat and a sinus infection. He's got asthma, too, so breathing wasn't an easy task for a few days. I freaked out, naturally, and drove the 5 hours it took to get there in record time. My youngest daughter (oh, how we love thee!) came down from Charlotte to help out with the other three boys.
I even brought my knitting. Foolish, foolish woman. Take 3 boys, all sick, lots of laundry and old age and mix them up. What you get is me. Oh, and Jesse. I doubt that she'll EVER want children after this. It was like a circus just trying to take them somewhere. Carseats, sippy cups, extra diapers, purses, diaper bags, etc. We bossed Bowen around and made him help us (poor 6-yr.-old peon) until he ended up sick, too. Sigh. Toby came home over the weekend, and when Jesse and I left town in opposite directions, Toby was feeling great, Bowen seemed to have the flu, and the twins were discharging green snot and pulling at their ears. Poor Katy and Heath. I wouldn't be them for all the yarn and Cadbury Eggs in the world. I haven't heard from them since Sunday, so I'm assuming all is well.
This is Aunt Jesse's idea of fun in the bathtub. Maybe it's because we used to do it to her!
We did have some fun though. We taught Lucas how to punch and say "Pow Pow", and let Dan eat all the green apple slices he wanted. Glad I wasn't there to change that diaper. I cut everyone's hair, and even the neighbors up the hill heard Bowen screaming. You do know that it hurts your hair to be cut, right? WRONG!!!
I was happy (understatement) to get home to my sweet husband and mean cat. I dragged out that untouched knitting and finshed up Hint #3* of the Secret of the Stole ii. This might have helped:
*revision: I meant Hint #2. I WISH I had finished up hint #3!!!