Life is back to normal here. By late morning on Friday, Eleanor was feeling much better. We're wondering if she was sick because of all the candy/donuts she ate on Thursday or if she caught the "bug" that is going around her school or a combination of both. This experience has made her more aware of what she eats now, so I think that is a good thing. The kids are still dealing with colds (Zoe is at the beginning of hers and is very stuffed up), but we are up and functioning.
Zoe and Emily had their Valentine parties at school Friday morning and then at 11:45 February vacation began. Emily went over to Daisy's house and had lots of fun! They went to the Children's Museum, they walked around the mall, the were given $5 to spend at the Grasshopper shop where Emily bought colored rocks and mood rings, Daisy's mom painted their nails, they ate pizza for dinner and watched "Wall-E".
Zoe came home and we watched "Dirty Jobs" and then later on the kids watched "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody". Zoe didn't have as much fun as Emily, but she handled it well. Emily shared her rocks when she got home and since Eleanor was supposed to go with Emily to hang out with Daisy's sister, Anna, Emily brought home a mood ring for Eleanor.
Saturday morning was busy with basketball. The girls received Valentine's and candy from their coaches. Eleanor didn't get to play Valentine games during her practice as she had hoped, so the Valentine card and candy she received after practice made up for that.
Eleanor and Zach spent the night at my parents' home Saturday night and Zoe and Emily got to hang out there for a few hours during the day. We had homemade pizza for dinner (I LOVE the taste of food in restaurants/fast food places, but I like the pizza I make much better than any pizza at a restaurant/pizza place around here.) and Zoe and Emily watched "Underdog".
I gave a talk in church yesterday and I taught my Sunday School lesson. They both went well, but I was happy when they were over and I could relax and enjoy the rest of the day. We went over to my parents' home for a late lunch/early dinner. Zoe and Emily stayed behind for a sleepover while the rest of us came home. Eleanor was falling asleep in her chair at 6pm, so without the older girls here, we were able to convince Eleanor, Zach, and Kate that it was bedtime. The were in bed at 6:30 and asleep by 7pm. :-)
We can now mention the "B" word (Binkie) without Kate freaking out and crying for it. She is a chatterbox now that her mouth is free to talk. It's also nice to see her entire face. I am so glad that Noah doesn't have a binkie that we would have to take away in the future.