We had one heck of a busy weekend. It kept me far from t he computer and either holding walls or holding court with pirates!
Last week, I finally went to the doctor for a sore throat and swollen glands. I was tested for strep (neg) and given amoxicillian. Normally, it does not affect me, but this time, I have been suffering backaches, migraines, dizziness, nausea, etc. I missed the med on Sunday morning. By Sunday afternoon, I was feeling great! except my throat was hurting, badly. I must be reacting to the amox. I called today for some hope of relief.
We had FIL for the weekend. We love him, but I swear, he never raised young children. MIL must have done it all. He was okay watching them and even let us get a night out. But when the kids were rude (ie, failed to say please or thank you to us), he would lose it. Now I am fully aware that the kids are incredibly polite…to other people. I have seen it at daycare and in public. But to us, Snork! No way in hell! That’s okay. We keep working on it and they are growing up. But they still are 3 and 5. I can’t expect a please every time (okay I can expect, but let’s be realistic. Do you ask your spouse please EVERY time?) but I can explain when I am upset. He just kept going off the handle. Sigh.
Saturday involved a great deal of small trips, getting things ready for our Pirate Birthday party for Soleil. Then on Saturday night, we went out for the Harry Potter movie. In between, the book came and I started reading (I am a fast reader, so I always read the books first and let Jay go second). After the movie, we called home.
No answer. We tried again. No answer. So we drove home (we live 7 minutes from the theatre) and it turned out that Luna woke up and fell asleep on Grandpa in her room and he fell asleep in the chair holding her. It was very cute and he woke up and we put her back in bed. Then we went back out for desert.
I finished "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" at 5:15am. Stopping twice for the girls…
Sunday I could barely stand from dizziness. I skipped the amox because of it. We got everything ready in time for our little pirates to come. We had 4 games set up, but one was dropped. We had every kid make a label for their goody bag and explained that pirates have to earn their booty. Then we did games. Walk the plank over one of our swimming pools while wearing an eye patch (they kept the eye patch and the candy for crossing). Then knock down the ship with cannonballs. That proved harder than we thought, so all of the kids tried and tried and finally we got one girl to knock it down. They all got more candy for that. We had a "draw the X on the map" (like pin the tail on the donkey), but the heat was getting to the kids, so we went in. They all picked candy to eat while waiting for pizza. After pizza, we announced that FIL had found a treasure map and needed help. All of the kids followed him and found the clues that lead to U, then V, the W and finally X which had the pinata hiding under it. Each stop had a prize, a flag, a bandanna, chocolate coins… and the we did the pinata and finally cake and ice cream cake. (my famous sandcastle cake!)
This party required the most planning, but it also only cost $100 (including cakes and pizza). Not bad. Then the girls and I went blueberry picking and we had pancakes and blueberry sauce for dinner! YUM!
This was a great weekend and we finished up with an ice cream party yesterday at work. Soleil was born on the 3rd anniversary of the launch of our telescope. We have an ice cream party every year for the launch date and Soleil was excited to announce that it was HER BIRTHDAY! It was very very funny.