This week is over, at long last! Let’s highlight the pros: 1) My knee is not broken! X-rays confirmed it on Wednesday, which means: no surgery for me! Hooray! 2) Rebekah and Jared’s eye infections have cleared up. 3) I turned in my paper on Janicaud. 4) This winter is far, far superior to last, in both ease and beauty. Now for some details.
On Tuesday after my philosophy class, Mike and the kids met me on campus and we walked to Qdoba for dinner. There was an incident with Rebekah’s leftover smoothie from lunchtime spilling all over everything, and I also learned that she’d developed pink-eye but I failed to get the message because I was in class. Most of the evening was spent negotiating how we were going to work a sick child into our schedule, so it was not the most relaxing evening of my lie, but it worked out.
Mike and I tried to split the childcare as best as we could, and he had some sick leave that helped considerably. I worked at the library Wednesday morning while Mike took Rebekah to the doctor. We had a prescription in hand by 9:30 am which meant that we could send Rebekah to preschool for most of the next day. Unfortunately, Jared started showing symptoms Wednesday night, so we had to keep him home all Thursday. Once again, we split time. I stayed home in the morning and Mike relieved me during the afternoon so I could attend one of my classes. I’m really looking forward to healthy children who don’t interrupt my work time!
Jared and Rebekah, however, loved it. They each got lots of one-on-one time with both parents. The most tortuous part of the whole thing are the daily doses of eye drops. Especially for Jared. He’s convinced that this is the most excruciating experience of his young life. (To which I say: how can you not remember your hair tourniquet?!)
This week we also saw our first real snowfall of the year. There was lots of mass panic the night before, and some trepidation about whether or not preschool would be closed the next day, but it turned out to be a really mild storm and preschool was open for business the next day. Having never lived anyplace where more than two inches of snow was the norm, I didn’t know how much snow could coat tree branches. Everything the next morning was perfectly white. It was stunning! Pictures don’t do it justice, but here are Mike’s photos from Harvard Yard all the same.
These preschool pictures were actually taken a couple weeks ago at our last snowfall, but they were only recently posted, and since it shows snow, I figured they’re in keeping with the general theme. They show Rebekah building a snowman and scooping snow over the fence in 1/2-cup increments.
Last night the Chinese Group that shares our chapel held a Chinese New Year party. It was quite the event! They had a lot of people, the chapel was set up for missionary tours, and they served a massive dinner of Chinese food. Mike signed up to help serve food, so we all arrived early. I took the kids into a side room to play the piano, but it eventually dissolved into a fight over who got to turn the page of the primary songbook.
After the dinner, they brought in a local Chinese dance academy to perform a dragon dance. I thought it was really cool, but Jared was having none of it. I had to take him out into the foyer to munch on fortune cookies, where I exchanged looks with other long-suffering parents of freaked-out toddlers.
Rebekah stayed in the gym with Mike, but she got really frightened when one of the dragons came up right next to her and got in her face. Once it had passed back to the front of the gym, though, she looked at it for a few minutes and then said “Hey Dad! There’s people in there!” After then she was much more chill about the whole thing.
While Rebekah is busy avoiding Chinese dragons this week, you all ought to know that Mike is busy avoiding information about the superbowl. He’s playing a game he heard about on a podcast, where you actively try to avoid “The Knowledge”–that is, the knowledge of who won the superbowl–for as long as you can. Wish him luck. And while he’s busy avoiding information, I’m going to be cramming as much philosophy knowledge as possible into my brain for yet another busy week. Wish us all luck! And Happy Monkey Year!