Joey loves to do what the big kids are doing. So when Tommy wanted to wear a hat, Joey found one too. Tommy is not enthusiastic about learning his letters so I've been trying to find more kinesthetic ways to incorporate letters into his learning and play. One idea is a salt tray. It feels like sand and we write in it with out fingers or toys. Only one problem.....JOEY! If I take my eyes off of him for a second, the salt ends up everywhere.
On February 3 my friend Cheryl had her 40th birthday. She invited us for a family party at a restaurant called Leo's Place. The food was nothing exciting, but the play area was fun for the kids.
The highlight of the month was a Daddy-Daughter dance at school. The girls were looking forward to it for weeks. When the night finally came, Lily walked out in her usual look of a sweatshirt and ripped jeans. I told her that this was a special event and she needed to dress in a way that showed respect for Daddy and the event. She rolled her eyes, disappeared into her room and emerged again in a different pair of jeans and a tee shirt. I told her that wasn't quite what she should wear and suggested a dress. She closed herself in her room and cried for 10 minutes, finally came out in a dress with a swollen tear stained face and messy hair. We gently tried to fix her hair before Daddy came to pick the girls up. Due to the drama, we didn't get a cute picture of the girls leaving for their Daddy date. The good news is, once they arrived, Lily was all smiles and was relieved to be in a dress just like all the other girls.
Lily dancing with her friends Nicole and Izzy - plus Nicole's big sister.
Annie, Daddy and Lily at their first Daddy-Daughter dance, 2017
Annie fell very ill for a few days. She had a high fever, was lethargic and vomiting. I thought she had a stomach bug and waited for two days, but when she didn't improve, I got concerned. Then I remembered that she had done the same thing this summer in Washington and it was a UTI. So I scooped her up and we went to the urgent care clinic. Sure enough, another UTI. We started her on antibiotics right away. After days of illness and infection she was very weak, but refused to eat anything. The only thing that sounded good was frozen yogurt. So we packed up the entire family and went to our favorite yogurt shop. By the time we got there, Annie was so sick from the ride in the car that she didn't want to eat anything. So the other kids enjoyed a little treat, and we made our way back home.
Joey's refusal to eat or drink was concerning so after waiting it out on Sunday, we went to urgent care again to have Joey looked at. He had a double ear infection and strep throat. Poor kiddo. Plus he was cutting four teeth - which might have left him susceptible to the infection.