1. For the record, which this is the record, so it literally is for the record, just in case you were wondering, this last two weeks were not as crazy as those last couple of weeks in October. No rashes, no canker sores, etc. but they still were more busy than I intended. And that is why I haven't added to the record more frequently.
2. Wonder ovens. Oh, how I loathe thee. Okay, not really. I actually quite like mine, which is why I wanted another. But this has just dragged out forever, and some people still aren't happy with theirs, which in truth, make me feel pretty guilty and I wish I could fix it, but I just don't have energy, nor the funds to do so. To explain a bit, here's an extract from the email I sent out after spending most of the day Saturday (the 8th) at the church making wonder ovens.
- They stand on their own completely.
- It’s easier to store.
- It’s easier to wash in washing machine.
- It’s easier to fit in a tote.
- Pillows are more adaptable, each on their own when there are fewer beads. You can even use them independently (the bottom or the top on its own) to retain the heat of a small item, wrapped up by the pillow. For example here’s a wonder oven safety-pinned around frozen food.
3. I also stayed up almost the entire night before the wonder oven activity finishing a Christmas present that I had to finish before my coupon expired. At least it's done.
4a. Lice. I have new appreciation for "nitpicking" and "going through with a fine-toothed comb." A couple of weeks ago my neighbor, Vanessa, told me that her daughter had had lice. This was after my kids had been playing with her all week, and I filed that away in my brain so when a week later, Elena complained about her head itching, I immediately had the flashing lights going off in my brain thinking that it might be lice. I wasn't quite capable of dealing with it then though (the day before the wonder oven activity) so I sent her off with Leo and the other younger kids to go camping.
4b. Leo's company had a camping trip, and yes, Leo was brave enough to take Elena, Isabel, Sebastian, and Nicolas all by himself. I loaded the van for him and had all the food ready, so when he got home, they could just head out. They had a blast! Ana stayed home with me and spent the weekend, for the most part, at her friend Alyssa's house.
Okay back to 4a again. When he got home from camping on Saturday night, I looked briefly through Elena's hair, saw something, mentally refused to acknowledge that it was lice, and declared her lice free. Then I looked up lice the next morning after sleeping on it and being a little more prepared to deal with it, and sure enough, it was lice. I buzzed the boys' hair, cut Isabel's hair, stayed home from church with any possible lice infested people, and sent the rest with Leo. And then we bought lice shampoo, treated Isabel and Elena's hair, vacuumed the entire house, washed all the bedsheets and towels, ran all the pillows and stuffed animals through the dryer, boiled in water (thus destroying them) all the combs and brushes, and vacuumed the chairs and couches. Leo combed through Elena's hair picking out nits for almost an hour, and together we went through everyone's hair in the whole house. It was a long Sunday.
The next day I found nits in Isabel's hair.
I spent three hours Monday night picking nits out of Elena and Isabel's hair.
I spent four day with an extremely itchy scalp swearing that I had lice too. (I don't, just an over-active imagination).
We repeated the process yesterday, only to a lesser scale, vacuuming the whole house and furniture, and washing all the bedding and pillows from the little girls' room, and shampooing their hair. I then spent 2 hours picking through their hair again. I found zero on Elena (HURRAY!) and 5 on Isabel. I think if I go through it again tomorrow and I find more on Isabel, I might cut her hair to chin length (it's shoulder-length now) because it's so thick and long, it's really hard to look through. Wish me luck that they're all gone though.
5. I also had to finish Elena's baptism dress last week and although it's really simple, the directions weren't that great and I ended up unpicking the waistband 3 times. Okay mostly my own errors, but the directions really were lame so I wasn't following them and just making it up as I went. Errr.... Also I bought a e-pattern for the first time, and I really don't like them. They're a pain, because you have to tape all the pages together. Yuck. And now the dress is too small (my bad) and I'm considering remaking the top, and thus unpicking the waistband for the fourth time. I have all the fabric and stuff to do it, I'm just a little burnt out. However, I'm sad that a dress I wanted Elena to be able to wear for a while and keep as a keepsake doesn't really fit her.
6. The baptism went wonderfully!!! It couldn't have been better. The ladies Elena wanted to talk did a great job, and Isabel, Elena, and Sebastian sang with Talmage and Logan B., Holding Hands Around the World (I love that song) and did a good job, and Ana was an excellent accompanist. It was just sweet, and peaceful.