I guess the first thing I need to tell you is that we lost Bundle of Joy's and the babies' mama on November 19th.
It was time. She'd been unresponsive for about a week - 10 days. Her mom and aunt were with her - and had been for about 5 days, 24/7. She was never alone. They placed a call to her dad and brothers back home, many states away, and held the phone to her ear. About 30 minutes later, she passed away.
The time since then has fluctuated between horrible, okay, and, occasionally, actually good! So, we (the family and myself caring for the kids) are making progress . . . finding the path to our New Normal.
The week of Thanksgiving was extra full with the addition of the visitation, funeral and burial, but I was able to enjoy a much-needed relaxed, quiet day with my folks on Thanksgiving, itself. The week leading up to Christmas was a bad one, but - again - I was able to enjoy Christmas Day with my folks and then many other friends in the following couple of days.
Then, though, The Bug struck (us all). The twins (whose #2 birthday was November 7th) woke up with cribs full of . . . yep . . . vomit. :( Since then, it's been running through all (10) of us (surrounding & including the kids) for nearly two weeks now, but we're all FINALLY coming out of it. Only two people have escaped: Bundle of Joy (who turned 6 on December 15th) and her uncle. Let's hope they continue to elude it!
|My most favorite 2-year old little girl in the world (& yours truly*) during their birthday celebration.|
* I chopped my dreads off two days later in a fit of . . . needing a change? Actually, the real reason I've cut them off - both times I've had them - is that they get to a point when I feel like I'm sleeping on rollers at night. And since I've been struggling with insomnia, it was time for them to GO!
True to their personalities, Baby Girl ate about half of her piece of birthday cake and then pushed it away saying, "ah dun."
Baby Boy, on the other hand, gobbled down two pieces and then asked, "moh?!" ;)
|Little Boy Blue!|
|I try to bring the twins (Bundle of Joy is in Kindergarten now) to Mama & Papa Pea's every week or two. Here, someone is helping Mama Pea make trail mix.|
|Hey! Did you just pick out and fill your mouth with all the dried pineapple pieces?!|
Okay, I'll stop there for today. I'm really going to try to blog more this year. Really!