1. Temps are above freezing! The ice/snow around us is melting, and it's supposed to be in the mid-50s this week. The sun is shining. Life is good. I look forward to leaving our cave this week.
2. We've been living in a sick house the past week. Lucan started last Sunday with a fever and only yesterday began acting like his normal self. Tobin has been miserable the last few days and in fact missed the Avs hockey game with Ted and Arden Friday night, choosing to stay home and go to bed early. Arden has been hacking the last few days as well. And since Charis has had a stuffy nose for going on two weeks now, that leaves Kenna, Ted, and me the only unscathed people thus far. Here's hoping things get better so we can enjoy the good weather...
3. A paradoxically frustrating and encouraging thing: the boys are apparently experiencing a "healing crisis." Both Tobin and Arden have experienced a relapse, which has included a lot of coughing, wheezing, and needing to use their inhalers. This is normal and to be expected as their bodies have been undergoing detox. So far my own detox symptoms only seem to involve sneezing! Odd, but it was mentioned specifically in the document I read, and I can't explain my sneeze attacks any other way!
4. I'll be 12 weeks along with this pregnancy on Tuesday. Hard to believe the first trimester is almost over. I'm trying not to be concerned about the fact that I haven't felt any movement yet. I know it's fairly early, but I felt the last 3 babies by 11 weeks. Ted thinks I've just been too busy...I don't know. I'll feel a lot better after I hear the heartbeat at my next appointment, which is February 22.
5. Last week I joined a ladies' evening Bible study for a short time. We are studying Max Lucado's book Fearless. I saw the announcement in the bulletin and figured it was appropriate, given all that I'm facing this year. The study just runs 6 weeks. The group meets on an on-going basis, but I can't really commit to a long-term evening study. I was blessed by the first meeting I attended last week and look forward to getting to know these ladies better.
6. Yesterday was the AWANA Bible Quiz Team competition, hosted by our church. Charis had been on the team last year and worked hard only to have the event canceled by bad weather, and it just couldn't be rescheduled. So I was glad this year that both she and Tobin were able to participate. As a whole, our (rather large) team didn't fare so well, but I think it was great that so many kids were involved. Charis did win a "High Honor" award, and she and her teammate placed 4th for their book division. Though Tobin was really not feeling well, he did pretty well, and I'm proud of him for participating. (He was a bit reluctant at first!) Next up...the AWANA games, and Arden will get to be part of that!
7. I have a princess "par-tea" to plan. Our little Kenna turns 4 in just two weeks! She has requested a princess themed party, so I plan to recycle some of the activities we did for Charis's 5th birthday and make Charis my official Party Helper. We will send the boys out for some fun and enjoy hosting a few dressed-up little girls for some games and tea time! It will be fun and challenging to come up with treats that even our guests will enjoy, given our current menu options, but I look forward to baking something fancy and even more to helping Kenna celebrate her special day. She has been looking forward to it literally for months. :-)