We’ve all been enjoying Just Dance Kids on the Wii. It’s a pretty good workout too. It was a Christmas present to the kids last month.
Finally, after many months of patiently asking and waiting, Claire got to host her first sleepover. Claire had spent the night at her friend Maddie’s house a while back, and now we got to return the favor. We ordered pizza and watched A Dolphin Tale. The girls stayed up little late, about 10:00 or 10:30, with Claire telling Maddie “scary stories that weren’t that scary.” Maddie is accustomed to sleeping in somewhat later than Claire. However, Claire convinced Maddie that they should get up at 7:00 am since sleeping in late amounted to “wasting precious play time”.
We set up the “sick bed” for Molly in our room to avoid messing up Claire and Maddie’s scene (and to avoid a madhouse with Molly in there). The sick bed is the portable, inflatable mattress we use when someone is vomiting, etc. and needs to stay in our room. Molly saw the bed and asked who was sick. Kit said that the mattress was the “fun bed” tonight. Molly liked it. She got to arrange the covers and pillows just so, taking a lot of care with it. She was very cozy and seemed to enjoy sleeping in our room. It took her over an hour to fall asleep, although that is normal for Molly.
The kids played the next morning until Maddie’s parents got her around noon. There were some challenges in the morning with not sharing the Wii, etc. and maybe some homesickness on Maddie’s part, but overall we just had a quiet morning. Claire’s friend Harper had suggested that Claire “order donuts” for breakfast. I asked Claire what that meant, and she said she didn’t know, but Harper usually “orders donuts” when she has a sleepover. Is there a donut delivery service I am not aware of? Anyways, I ran up to Howdy Donut and waited in line for 20 minutes to get some pretty great donuts and some really awesome sausage kolaches (one each per person).
So it was a nice, cozy sleepover with an old friend. Claire loved the idea of a sleepover and is already planning her next one. She is actually randomly inviting girls she is sort of friends with, and who have never ever been to our house to play before, for a sleepover just because their mom is there. That is how much she loves sleepovers.
We were all watching the movie version of Charlotte’s Web when the topic of the narrator came up. I thought the narrator was Bob Newhart. Kit said it was Sam Shepard (she as right). Molly asked what we were talking about. We said it was the voice talking off screen that you can’t see. Molly said the narrator is probably Siri’s friend.
Siri actually comes up more than you would think in our daily conversations. Claire and I like to try to stump her or faze her, but she is unflappable. Claire even gets to be mean to Siri sometimes, which is probably fun since she isn’t mean to anyone else. And we can always make fun of poor Siri for lazily falling back to “I found this on the web for you.”
As the title suggests, things have been kind of, uh, gross around here lately. While the girls were down in Corpus Christi for a few days over the holiday break, I came down with the flu. I had the flu shot a month or two ago, so I guess that limited the “severity and duration” of the infection but still, ouch! I had three terrible days where I could barely sit up, etc. and watched enough TV for a year. It was either great timing (since I didn’t have to take care of the kids) or terrible timing (I was planning to get a lot done while the kids were away). Then a few more days gradually recovering. A few days on the bench was a big kick in the pants. Damn you, flu! Kit never got the flu, but she did spend night after night awake coughing with allergies or a cold or something. We were a barrel of laughs for New Year’s Eve!
When the kids got back from Corpus, Claire was complaining that her head itched. We decided to take her to a “lice salon” called Madcaps Salon to literally have her head checked. Claire did, to our surprise, have lice. On a positive note, Claire loved the lice salon. She got to watch Netflix on an iPad and eat Doritos while they massaged her hair. She said she loved it and wanted to go back. Luck for Claire, I took her back the next afternoon for the full treatment, and also took Molly in to see if she had lice. Molly did not have the lice. Neither did I. So that was a relief, and sort of a miracle. Claire’s treatment took 2+ hours. They have to do it by hand, strand by strand, since the lice are resistant to all the easy treatments. Molly sat with me and watched The Rescuers on an iPad provided by the salon while I tried to work on my laptop. Molly loved it too and asked many times to go back in the succeeding days.
So we’re doing lots of extra laundry and disinfecting around home and trying to avoid sharing our various bugs with each other. Plus a comb-out routine for Claire and some other lice prevention. No more gross things shall infect us going forward! I can’t wait to get back to just simply hugging the girls without worrying about transmitting something awful.