I took the kids to a local floral shop to see Santa. They wanted nothing to do with him unless I was sitting with them. We tried having them stand in front of the sleigh. Didn't help. (Ilya ran toward me, so that's why she's not in the only picture I was able to take.)
The stomach flu hit our family badly this week! Monday morning, I went to get Ilya out of her crib and she had thrown up on her blankets. She was mostly fine the rest of the day. As we were going to bed that night, Bob went in to check on her as he does every night and she had thrown up again. So, we brought the pack and play downstairs and she and I slept in the living room that night. At some point in the night Isabelle came down and joined us saying her tummy was hurting. Ilya got sick a few more times that night. Isabelle spent most of the day Tuesday going to the bathroom every hour. We put the kids to bed and about 3:00am Bobby came in our room. I heard him gag and I was up outta bed faster than I was ready to be! He spent the next couple hours Wednesday morning throwing up. The girls still had diarrhea all day and Isabelle was up at 5am Thursday with it. By 7am I was sick. Thankfully, Bob stayed home from work and helped me. Thursday afternoon, Isabelle was throwing up and Bobby had diarrhea. It was a long day. Isabelle woke up at 12:15am needing to use the bathroom. We finally got to sleep around 2 until 7:15am. Friday, Isabelle was on the toilet every 20-30 minutes until noon. Bobby has had a couple spells this morning, too. It's now almost 4pm and they're acting like maybe the worst is over. I hope so. It's been a long week.
Ilya was entertaining to watch.
The kids got Christmas cards in the mail from my Aunt Diana (mom's sister). They were thrilled to find $1 in there! Isabelle was afraid she was going to have to give it to Santa. She kept asking if he was going to take it. Haha
These past few weeks have been busy. Here's a look at what's been going on.
It'd been a while since we had seen my dad. He brought lunch over one day and we had a nice time catching up. Can you tell he brought gum?
I am taking a class through Seminary Extension that I'm enjoying. This book is very interesting. I'm thankful for my SIL Becky! She watches my kids for a few hours every week so I can study.
My Little baby girl is definitely plowing her way into toddlerhood! Instead of two kids fighting over who gets to be closest to the running bath water, it's now three kids! She even smacks them on the head if they don't move. She really thinks that's hilarious.
She also can now climb in by herself. Good to know.
We've had lots of sickness around here this week. I think Isabelle's was an allergic reaction to eating almonds, but I don't know for sure since I hear the stomach flu is making the rounds. Ugh. I asked Bellie if she was feeling better. She said "this much".
Then this much.
And this much.
Nearly every day I dress my children. Sometimes we all stay in our pajamas. However, EVERY day my two older kids take their clothes off and run around naked! It's a good thing our woodstove is a beast and heats our house to 85 degrees. These kids are crazy. Here they are helping me make cinnamon rolls.
Thursday night, Ilya started getting sick. Poor baby had a fever and threw up a few times.
She's still a happy baby when she's sick though.
Child loves climbing on this pink doll stroller. I was drawing a bath for Bobby and came around the corner and she had used the stroller to climb onto the TV shelf.
She uses it to climb on furniture, too.
New winter gear from my mom.
Kids thought it'd be fun to lay down and watch a show. I was trying to get them to take a nap since I'm on my own while Bob's at deer camp. No such luck.
Bobby was a little fussy this morning when I tried dropping him off to his class. Since the girls were sick I'm kinda waiting for him to get it. He started saying he needed to use the bathroom and since he's back on track with potty training I can't ignore that. So, I gave him the option of sitting with me in the service. He did very well for half the service. I was surprised at how quiet he was for a 2 year old. About 5 minutes into the sermon he told me he was ready to go play with his friends. Guess he was feeling fine. (I think he's learning how to get out of doing stuff he doesn't want to do. I told him it was time for bed and he told me he needed to throw up in a bowl. He then ate a snack and said he was feeling good. Stinker!)
And again she's climbing.
Grandma came to visit.
The good news is that hunting is obviously going the way we'd hoped!