Ahhhh, finally (though I am afraid to say it too loudly), we are just about back to normal. I say "about" because Jeremiah is *still* battling this cough/cold thing he's had for a month now! Isabella had a little wee bit of eye weeping this morning, that cleared quickly. BUT, finally, everyone (including Aubrey) is fever free, and running around like normal :-)
The boys were really needing to run off some energy today. Big time! I took them outside, but unlike the pictures you see below (taken a few days ago), it was freezing outside today. It took me more time to get them dressed than it did for them to be 'done' playing outside. Jonah asked if we could make some hot cocoa since they were freezing. I did, but thought to myself...hmmmm, me thinks they need a few accessories to make their winter outside playtime last longer! Five minutes was not enough to burn off their pent up energy. It seems that we are missing gloves, and the hats I had made them a few years ago do not fit the older two. Jonah does have his rainbow hat that still fits. So I think some glove making and hat making are in order. Mittens for little ones do not take a lot of yarn, so I can use what I have. My only problem is that I've made one pair in my life (last year) and they fit horribly! So I'm kind of afraid to tackle another pattern. I've been searching and searching. If any of you have the 'perfect' mitten pattern for children, do let me know!
We were able to get some schooling done these past few days. Yay! But that means that 'spring' cleaning will go much, much more slowly. I did get to pulling out my birth supplies to check my stash and compare it to what my midwife wants me to have on hand. I thought I would have pretty much everything, since we never went through with our last homebirth. But, over the past 3 years we've plucked a few things out of the box to use. Thankfully my midwife said that everyone gives her their left over supplies, and to just let her know what I need, as she probably already has it! I can't believe that I only have two weeks left to pull all my supplies together. I am supposed to have everything at the ready by 36 weeks. Yikes! It really doesn't seem possible that this time has come!
I am totally behind in meal prepping for after baby arrives. As in, I have *NOTHING* ready at the moment. My plan is to buy breakfast ingredients with tomorrows shopping day, then dinner ingredients the next two shopping days (though that leaves me cooking up until the baby comes!). But I don't have an alternative at the moment :-) Unless any of you has invented a time machine for me to back up a few weeks! Ha, ha!
I think I will share my meal ideas in a separate post. This one is getting long enough.
My seed catalogs that I've signed up for have started to arrive! I don't know why, but I get so excited about seed catalogs! I think it has to do with all of the potential fresh, new seeds have. All the possibilities of growing our own food. Never mind that we haven't been very successful gardeners! But maybe next year? Which reminds me, we have some serious gardening projects to work on over the winter. By golly we'll have a newborn when the time comes to start some of our indoor plantings!! I better have a plan in place before babe arrives.
Speaking again of babe.....s/he is still without a name. I do believe we need to get on the ball with that. This is most certainly the longest we've gone without having a name. The previous longest time was finding a name at 7 months with Moira. But I am almost 9 months....so we better get a clue!
Ok, enough rambling. Let me leave you with some pictures of our creek time a few days ago: