Thanksgiving and Some Pre-Christmas Fun

This past week was much better. We all had the week off, which was nice to be able to relax. We slept in, hung around the house, went to see the zoo Christmas lights, had a friend over for Thanksgiving dinner, and decorated for Christmas. It’s been a nice week!

Abigail has been getting adventurous with her spelling. She likes to put letters in random order and see if I can actually pronounce it. This one was fun.
We picked our tiny pumpkin!
The perfect Thanksgiving decoration. 😉
We like to go see the zoo lights before it gets busy. The drizzly cold weather kept the crowds away. Abigail was being silly and wouldn’t hold still for a picture, so this is the best we got. 🙂
She asked Paul to take her picture. I love that toothless grin!
Pecan pie! I love that I’ve figured out how to make this. 🙂
This is the face of a little girl who is, apparently, STARVING. This is what she said as she dramatically flopped on the couch: “I’m…starving…I can’t wait…for bedtime snack…I have to wait FIFTEEN MORE MINUTES?!”
Paul got the turkey all ready to go into the smoker.
He smoked the turkey and some potatoes. I took care of the other sides for the meal.
I love making rolls!!
A picture that Abigail’s teacher took of her last week.
Decorating her tree. She wore that hat all day (even when we went out to eat and went to a couple of stores).
Joseph decorating his tree. He decided to keep it downstairs this year.
My gnome club.
Itty-bitty birds!
This looked like a good corner to put my angels.
Abigail helped hang up the stockings.
This is one of my favorite spots.
This is the other favorite spot.
I love this Dr. Seuss quote!
My metal sign. I love its multi-meaning. 🙂
The big tree!
Paul found a wooden nativity that is perfect for our front yard.
I love that he “wraps” our garage door every year. 🙂
Our guards. 😉
A little bit of California nostalgia (extra points if you know what Rudolph is made of).
I really like the symmetrical kid trees.
The weather has been a bit…challenging this past week. It was overcast, rainy, drizzly, and just…blah. For more than a week, actually. This morning, the sun finally showed up and I am so happy!
I stumbled across this snippet of a quote (by Thomas S Monson) while looking for good Christmas quotes. It spoke to my heart and spirit. Yes, there are many fun things that happen during the Christmas season, but I hope to never forget that there is another “reason for the season”. I was not there during the Savior’s birth and I will probably never physically travel to Bethlehem, but I can travel there in spirit through the words that have been written and the songs that have been sung.
 

A Fresh Start

This past week was quite a bit better than the week previous. Paul and I did both end up needing to go into urgent care because we both had coughs and sore throats. We had a bacterial throat infection, but got some good antibiotics. I think we’re both on the mend. Abigail finished up her antibiotics and was able to go a full week at school. I started subbing at the kids’ school and was able to sub in a third grade class as well as help out in the early childhood class. This is the LITTLE littles…3-4 year olds who all have some sort of intervention needed: either they have speech delay, spectrum disorders, or some other challenge. They were cute but man, was I wiped at the end of the day, haha. Yesterday morning, Joseph said he wasn’t feeling well. I looked in his mouth and saw spots on his tonsils. I’m guessing that he’s got a version of what Paul and I had. I got him in to urgent care and on meds and I think he’s already doing better. Luckily we have this next week off so that he can finish his antibiotic and fully recover. It’s been quite the week!

Our baby pumpkin is almost ready to pick!
My sweet friend sent Abigail a little necklace because she felt so bad that Abigail had been so sick. Abigail was quite excited to get it. She had to wear it when we went to IHOP for dinner.
I got some new dangly earrings. They’re just…fun. 🙂
I also got this bracelet. The stone is called tiger’s eye and it’s just so pretty!
I’ve slowly been adding to my cookie cutter collection (say that three times fast, ha). Now to have the motivation to actually make cookies with the kids. 😉
I’ve been wanting better storage for my cookie cutters for quite some time now. Up to this point, they’ve been in a bag in a cupboard, but they would fall out every time I had to get anything out of that cupboard. I finally decided something had to be done. I found this jar at Target and it’s the perfect size! Also, this little chunk of counter is between the fridge and wall, so they can be out of the way but still in reach (they sit behind my bread box).
She asked for yogurt and I said no (it was kind of close to dinner). She laid down in protest, fussing a bit. I stepped over her and went upstairs to get some stuff done. I came down about twenty minutes later to get dinner ready and saw her still there. I thought, “Man, she is dedicated to her cause.” As I got closer, though, I could hear her snoring. The poor thing fell asleep. On the kitchen floor. I woke her up and got her onto the couch to watch a show while I got dinner on the table. Recovery has been tiring, I think.
A new adventure!
Ready for my first day!
I have a hard time resisting books…and Christmas books are especially hard to resist. The Charlie Brown one is bound in fabric, which is just…pretty. I couldn’t pass up the Texas one (Abigail asked why I got it and I said it was because I was in love with Texas…she said she liked it because she was in love with glitter, haha…the moon is rather glittery), and I love anything by Sandra Boynton.
Abigail finished her antibiotics, earned all her stickers, and got her grand prize…some little rolly-polly plush kittens (called hamster kitties which are from one of her favorite shows: Gabby’s Dollhouse).
It’s been rather cold the last few days. Normally we just have the kids layer their sweatshirts with their raincoats, but Abigail was complaining about still being cold. Yesterday we went to the store and found heavier jackets for both her and Joseph. I think the hood was the deciding factor for this one, don’t you?
 

And I Thought Last Week Was Rough

I thought last week was rough when Abigail got sick. I had no idea! Her fever wasn’t getting better and her cough was getting worse, so I took her back in to urgent care. The doctor that saw us figured that the bacteria was resistant to the amoxicillin, so he prescribed a different antibiotic (cefdinir). He also felt like she had the beginnings of pneumonia, so he set us up with a nebulizer and some albuterol (he even let us borrow his nebulizer since we found out that insurance wasn’t going to cover one). He called the next day to check on her and when he found out the fever was still hanging on, he prescribed another antibiotic for the pneumonia (azithromycin) to take along with the cefdinir. Oof. The next couple of days were a bit dicey and she went back and forth with feeling okay and feeling miserable. Today is the first day where she hasn’t had a fever at all and she’s acting like herself. We’re hoping that she continues to improve!

Floppy is a good companion during breathing treatments.
A good moment: playing “keepy-upy”, which is basically a game of not letting the balloon touch the floor. She got the name from Bluey (one of her favorite cartoons).
Finally sleeping less fitfully.
So. Much. Medicine. Fever-reducers, antibiotics, decongestant stuff, probiotics (to help counteract the side effects of the antibiotics)…vapo-rub stuff (which she won’t let us put on her because she says it smells bad…we did get to use the little pads that go into the vaporizer, though). Not pictured is the vaporizers that we had going in whatever room she was in and the nebulizer.
She has been playing normally today with just occasional coughing. She’s still congested, so we’re still giving her decongestant (along with her antibiotics and the breathing treatments). My heart is so relieved and happy.