I haven’t written in weeks…I know! Here’s my excuse: sickness! No lie! It’s been a little miserable with moments of greatness in between. After we returned from our cruise the kids had the crud; coughing and constant runny noses and generally less cheerful attitudes and then paired with some potty training drama which resulted in a delay altogether. I used to look forward to the slowness of winter, but that was all before little ones, who get sick a lot!
Somewhere in the middle of that, the kids caught a severe case of pink eye. Nathan had it the worst. Several mornings he woke up early screaming because he couldn’t open his eyes from all the dried crusty mucus. Poor guy. It hung on for almost a week and a half. Somewhere in there we finished swimming lessons and Natalie caught a lesser case of it.
There was a breather and we ventured out Christmas puppet show at the Library. I wasn’t sure how this was going to go exactly. Would Nathan sit still? Would Natalie crawl all over and fuss? And of course she didn’t nap on the way there until the last 2 minutes. I had hoped Nathan would sit in the front with our little friend and I could sit/stand in the back with Natalie. He can be very shy in public, so after he refused and pulled on my leg, I dragged all our gear to the front row against the wall and sat down with Natalie on my lap. Our little friend, Elise had brought her fuzzy stuffed unicorn and let Natalie hold it the duration of the show. That was a life saver! She loves anything soft and squishy and she held on to it and her blanket totally calm in my lap. Nathan’s response was so serious I couldn’t tell if he liked it or was scared. Afterwards he recounted everything, and I deduced he really liked it, especially when Santa showed up and handed out candy canes!
Saturday began normally, but by the end of the day Natalie had a low grade fever. The blizzard hit, and we drank warm apple cider and sorted through the junk room. Sunday church was canceled, but by afternoon my parents made it over from Sioux Falls on their way home from a cruise. After Natalie’s nap that afternoon her fever spiked to 102F, and the past few nights she’s woken up 4-5 times, just miserable. She seems to be making improvements today, but caring for sick kids has taken ALL of my time and energy!
In farm news, the chickens don’t come out much with this cold weather and we’re only getting 6-8 eggs/day, many times frozen by the time we do chores. Dan has put the billy goat in with the females for breeding, and that seems to be going well. They all have a thick coat of fur for the winter and are all cozy in the barn for the winter.
In N&N news (besides the sick bits), Nathan says the funniest statements, and mimics everything I say to Natalie. After coming inside, he’ll happily take off her snow gear, and stoop to her eye level and say, “Natalie, you had fun outside, didn’t you?” and then pet her sweetly on the head. Or if we’re in the car and she takes her hat off, he’ll say, “You’re such a sil-wy girl, Natalie!” Yesterday morning they were sitting on the living room floor looking at our mound of library books, and Nathan was turning the pages and “reading” to her! It was so endearing! I tried to get a video, but the troops moved out before I could catch it.
Nathan is obsessed with boogers. One Sunday afternoon I laid down in the room with him to encourage him to take a nap in his crib. He kept picking his nose, holding out his finger and saying: “Look! Mom! A booooger!” And then “num num” as he stuffed that crusty gooey thing in his mouth. Boys will be boys I guess.
One night I was cutting a round steak into strips to fry with onions for sandwiches. Nathan was my little assistant on his chair. I went to get my meat knife and when I turned around Nathan was chewing something.
“Nathan! What are you eating?!”
“Chicken!” He says, and smiles. He had pulled some of the raw fat off the steak and ate it! That kid! He strives to be a chef. This afternoon he stirred the bacon and kale perfectly, mixed in the rice without spilling, and last Friday rolled out pizza dough with a rolling pin like he’d been doing it his whole life!
Natalie is expressing more and more what she likes and doesn’t like with food. It varies from day to day. One day she loves peas, the next she turns her head and cries at the very sight! Oh, the food drama! Still no teeth, and she is very content to just continue crawling. She recognizes “no” and shakes her head when I say it to her. If I ask where her special bunny is, she’ll point to it and smile. What a character!
In the kitchen, we were still canning the week of Thanksgiving. We finished more applesauce and 10 pints of apple butter. Canning is complete! One of these days, I’ll tally my total for this year!
Saturday we set up a donated Christmas tree….the first in 4 years! They haven’t pulled it over yet. There have been a few ornament incidents, like when Nathan kept trying to eat the “pretend candy.” They love to sing Christmas carols on the piano with Mom. Especially “Away in a Manager” and “Fa La La La La.”
There’s a roast in the crock pot for this cold snowy day, and Dan and I are headed out for a Christmas concert date night! I can’t wait!
And that’s the news on this snowy-sickness-hit week on the farm!