Liv - What are you doing?
Mom - Writing on my blog.
Liv - So you can buy more Valentine's stuff?
Umm... no. No Valentine's purchases being made here. We finally put up our one Day of Love decoration and Olivia was SO disgusted with me. She was kind about it, but she was disgusted. And I guess I don't blame her. I just don't have more stuff for this particular holiday. And I'm not against it! I think Valentine's Day is a wonderful opportunity to tell the people you love that you love them. But apparently I take the minimalist approach. Oh, well. I gotta be me.
One Valentine's Day my parents gave me a Boxcar Children book. AND I LOVED IT. I felt so special. I must have read that book one million times. I was always so amazed at the resourcefulness of those children, livin' it up in the boxcar.
I don't think I could make it in a boxcar.
I like to give my kids Valentine's. It's fun.
Katelyn has a cold. Red nose. Then she had a hard night so the Double B put her in bed with us -- and then this morning she was mad about who knows what, so she stood up and swan dived off the bed. She has a nice red line across her forehead, a bruise, and a split lip. Basically, it looks like she's been in the ring. Baby Heavy-Weight Champion.
I feel bad for the little flibber-de-diggit. I would also like her to re-assess her temper-driven behaviors.
I used to have a really bad temper as a kid. Did you know that? I wouldn't say I have a bad temper now -- I've worked my whole life on growing up, so that fire is being put out slowly but surely. But sometimes I do still get annoyed. I certainly have my Super Special Crazy Mother Moments. For instance: "Put those chips back in the kitchen! I worked hard to get this room clean!!!" I mean, I dusted. Don't they know I DUSTED? Oh, how the children must cherish these special times with Mom!
K.J. is doing great. He's almost 100% and even got to go back to school today. We really have a lot of thankfulness that he was so watched over. He is the sweetest boy and has handled all this like a champ. But he is definitely ready to re-enter society.
Amusingly, my own body has been a little mad about that glorious bout of stress. I've been stomach flu-like ever since, and it. has. been. awesome. I gave myself a lecture today. It went like this: "Self! It is time to calm down! Your son is okay! He is okay! You may now tell the factory that revenge has been taken and you will try not to do that again! 10-4 Good Buddy!"
I think I listened to myself.
In closing, let me just say that this blog is not going to change the world. But it's nice to be able to talk about your children, holidays observed, the gifts you received as a child and the stomach flu with someone who cares.