Item: The lovely, talented, and fierce Belle came to visit. It was delightful. There's a great deal to be said for long time friends whom one met when all parties were adults. There are also many positives in having friends who understand that children are needy little creatures whose needs (usually) get top billing and that it is not about them, I still love them, but the kids need to be fed and bathed within a certain range before All Becomes Woe. I deeply appreciate this trait. Also, Belle becomes more awesome each year. Sadly, she lives almost 3000 miles away. However! Visiting friends bring joy and delight to my rural life.
Item: Sweetpea is having a needy phase (possibly a needy year) and now cries bitterly if I move more than a foot away from her. You can imagine that this is really, really frustrating.
Item: Due to illness, Bug is having THREE WEEKS off school.
Item: The illness is pinkeye, the worst of illnesses. He feels fine, he is as contagious as measles, and he cannot be around other children at all.
Item: Due to in-laws (and Dr. S visiting the in-laws per Clause 96 of our Marital Deal), I will be alone with the baby for six days. Over Christmas. When everything is cloooooosed.
Item: Sweetpea has woken up and is climbing on me again.