Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hearts Full of Love

Just a quick post today...I'm gonna TRY to be better about making more frequent (probably much smaller) posts.  Our (not so) little troop has been horribly sick the last week and a half.  It started with Gokey a week ago Monday.  He suddenly, over the span of an hour, developed pink eye symptoms.  I called our doctor and they had us in within 30 mins.  It was confirmed that lots of goopy eyes were in our future...big sigh.  We started antibiotics right away hoping to have it cleared up before Gokey's Valentine's Day party at school on Thursday.  A mere 24 hours later, he was looking perfect and everyone else's eyes were bright and clear.  Wednesday morning X-man woke up, ate breakfast and brought his plate into me with 1/2 a bagel still on it saying he didn't feel good.  This is typically the routine when he doesn't want to finish food on his plate, but usually bagels are not one of those foods.  I told him that was fine and 30 seconds later he was pleading with me to help him up to the sink to throw up.  I quickly pulled out the trash can, he did his thing and then ran downstairs to play before I could even ask him what was going on.  After an hour of completely normal behavior and his insistence that he felt completely fine, I chalked it up to a rough night of sleep (which he'd had) and his momma's sensitive stomach (which he's inherited).  I took him to school for his Valentine's Day party and he came home excited about the day's activities only to toss his cookies (most literally) as soon as we walked in the door.  Ugh.  Gokey started with it in the middle of that night and missed his party the next day.  To make up for it, I did some quick internet searches for some V-day crafts and pukey, or not, we had a blast. :)

We started the morning with some pink chocolate chip pancakes...the boys weren't too keen on the idea of eating, but Jilly-Bean thought they were great!  After the sun was up and everyone was feeling a little better we went to work.  I spread out long pieces of waxed paper for each boy and let them pick an assortment of crayons to munch into shavings with a couple of pencil sharpeners.  Gokey went with brighter primary colors and X-man decided to use Valentine's pinks, reds and purples. We spread the shavings out on the waxed paper, folded it over length wise and then ironed it (with an old cloth between the paper and iron) to melt and swirl the colors together.  Once it cooled and dried we traced out hearts on each with a dry erase pen and then punched holes on each side.  The boys decided to combine and alternate their hearts on a long piece of twine to make a sweet, festive Valentine's Day banner in front of our glass door.  We had so much fun with this project we almost forgot we were sickly. :)

Gokey very proud of his masterpiece
X-man taking a break to be sickly :(

X-man took control of the camera to get mom in action 

X-man erasing the outlines

Our finished product!  I can't make myself take it down 5 days later!

Next, the boys wanted to make some cards for Daddy.  Gokey had seen a picture during our internet search that morning of two foot prints, overlapping at the heels to make a heart and was sold on it...pretty sure it was the thought of mom willing to LET him make a mess with some paint.  I didn't get any pictures of the process because we were in a hurry to get his little feet stamped before naptime, but the end product was great!  X-man asked me to cut out a heart after seeing Gokey's card and drew some portholes on the outside of the folded heart (because it's a boat...DUH!) and because he heard my use of "feet" on Gokey's card and there was just a teeny bit of disconnect there in the play on words, he asked me to write the message seen on his card.  Love that kid! :)

X-man's boat
"I think you're Sea Captain" :)

Good thing Stella is a good sport!

Jilly Bean mostly supervised the whole process and kept the dog in line and Squeaky D gabbed our ears off the whole time while he perfected his "all fours" stance.  He's so close to taking off, but our slick hardwood floors aren't making it easy.

 Well...would you look at that...not so short after all.  Who would've guessed???

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