Speaking of girls shouting...Sunday night I stayed with our friends the Merediths in Tennessee. They have six kids. A bit smaller than our family, but still a large group by pretty much any standard. I got up on Monday morning in time to have breakfast with them and say good-bye to everyone as they were leaving for school. The difference between their house and ours on a school morning was astounding. They were calmly paced and quiet. You seriously could have had a reverent church service in their living room. Then this morning I'm back at our house. Multiple times during the get-ready-for-school rush I had to say (shout?), "Everyone quiet so I can hear so and so." It is absolute chaos around here in the morning. Uber-impressed with the Merediths. Sometime maybe Christi and I can go spend a week observing them and see how they manage to be so organized and on top of things!
Christi has been working on Sophi's plurals. Soph finally got the hang of adding an "s" to a word. Yesterday she came home from school with a picture. Christi asked, "Is that Little Bo Peep?" "Yes! She lost her sheeps!" Gotta love English?!?
Thursday through Saturday of last week:
- Thursday morning: Xander has an appointment to get his drainage tube removed from his leg. Christi is going to take him while I go to work.
- 9:30 am - Christi finds out she has an important meeting she needs to attend. I have to rearrange my work schedule to take X-man.
- 10:30 am - Arrive at the doctor's office
- 11:00 am - Doctor comes in and removes the drainage tube. This thing has been in Xander's leg for well over a month. I had pictured the hollow tube extending an inch or two into his leg. Instead, this thing came out! It entered his leg just below his knee and went almost down to his ankle. Nasty!!!
- 12:30 pm - Drop Xander off at school. Looks like he's doing well.
- 5:00 pm - Christi brushes Xander's skin and practically gets burnt. X has a 104.4 degree temp.
- 9:00 pm - Ibuprofen has kicked in. Temp is down to about 99.5
- Friday morning: Typical ridiculous madness to get kids off to school (other than Xander of course. He's already missed enough school to make him repeat 2nd grade!)
- 8:01 am - Christi calls Primary Children's to see if Xander needs to come in. They tell her to call back at 9:00
- 9:00 am - Christi calls and tells nurse the situation.
- 9:30 am - Doctor calls back and tells Christi she needs to get X-man in right away.
- 10:30 am - I have a video conference call. Can't have a screaming Soph in the background, so Christi drops her off at the Blackburns on the way to take X-man to the emergency room
- 11:30 am - Xander enters the emergency room and has bloodwork done.
- 12:30 pm - infection confirmed.
- 2:00 pm - Christi obviously can't pick up the kids from school, so I have to rush home and get the crew. On the way home I take a preliminary survey among the kids: If mom and Xander have to stay at the hospital, would you rather:
- Try and have all of us (minus Christi and X) go camping tonight?
- Go to the ward event but just stay for dinner and games and then sleep at home?
- Skip the campout altogether, stay home, watch a movie and have popcorn?
- Jesi is having the cutest time with a bunch of kids her age. They are playing tag and "wizard, elf, giant" and all kinds of games. It was a joy to watch her.
- 8:30 pm - Time to go to home. Mosquito bites are abounding.
- 9:15 pm - pull into the driveway. Sophi is sound asleep...until Lexi jumps out of her seat and crawls all over Soph trying to get out. Still try to put Sophi straight to bed. Doesn't work. At one point she ways, "I want a new family!" At least that's what I thought she said. Figured out she was really wanting family prayer. So we skipped the whole striaght-from-the-car-to-the-bed thing and did the whole nighttime routine.
- 10:15 pm - Littles are tucked in. Parker has come home. Finished watching a college football game. I head out to Smith's to get ice cream and "The Muppets."
- 11:00 pm - Start the movie.
- 11:30 pm - I tell the kids good night and crash in bed.
- Sometime around 1:00 am - My wonderful older kids turn off the TV and get into bed themselves. Quite the 36 hours we had. I've run on too long as it is, so I'll just skip Saturday.