this morning

February 23, 2010 |  Category:   home life



It’s quiet now. I am thankful that Tuesdays are one of the the days that our babysitter comes in. I’m thankful for our neighbors for walking Mia to school this morning so I didn’t have to haul both kids out in the rain. Thanks to all who voiced concerns and emailed. Mark made it safe and sound up there and is with his sister and uncle. Not surprisingly, it’s hard going through hospital red tape to get any kind of answers, but there might be some small signs of hope. Even so, his dad has a long way to go even if he comes out of this and the unknown of what is happening now or the near future is daunting.

I slept for a good 9 hours with the help of codeine-laced cough syrup and I’m feeling a bit better though the rib injury will probably take some time to heal – that is the thing that is most bothersome right now. I did go to the doctor yesterday and I’m going on another round of antibiotics so hopefully the coughing will cease sometime soon and make it tolerable.

I woke up to sounds of the girls fighting over something. That is not new, but they went to sleep last night without any fuss and worked on some drawings the first thing this morning. Believe it or not, it is now hard to tell Mia and Claudine’s drawings apart. What I am observing is that little Claudine is copying Mia’s drawing style and her people have evolved again. She is also drawing other objects like flowers, birthday cakes, butterflies and cats. The first 2 drawings are Claudine’s (and the figures with the funny feet are actually mermaids. See? They have fish tails and the second girl is on a swing surrounded by flowers). The last drawing is Mia’s. She is reading and writing up a storm now, putting signs all over the house…

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  • cindy February 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    So sorry to hear about your father-in-law and hoping you have a speedy recovery…

  • Lani February 23, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    The drawings are adorable. Love the mermaid “fin/feet.” And I’m glad to hear that you might be feeling better soon! And happy that people are able to help out.

  • mickie February 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    i love the pictures of their drawings…what a perfect way to preserve those kinds of things. is that a hello kitty humidifier? 😉 feel better.

  • chantaleP February 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Glad to hear you got some sleep. I think it’s really the best medicine around. A way to get your body and mind to take care of itself. You have an amazing support system there and out here around the world. Whatever the outcome, I’m sure you’re both strong enough to handle it. – btw, loving the new drawings. Why do kids all make the same signs (i.e. Please do not touch!)? lol. Ok, wasn’t sure if this would help out but.. my mom makes this crazy korean concoction for sore throats and coughing (maybe your mom has already made this gunk for you already!): taking equal parts honey+sesame oil and adding lemon juice. Warm it up all up and drink it up. It tastes gross but actually does soothe. Hope you get in some more zzz’s!

  • Amy February 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    I’ve been thinking and praying for your family.

  • Kristen February 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I love seeing Mia and Claudine’s drawings. They are too cute. And frankly, quite good. I could totally see that was a swing and flowers after you mentioned it, and she’s only three?! (or is she 4??)

    And hope everything goes OK with your father-in-law, you are right, the unknown is what makes it so hard.

  • sylvï February 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    i also came in with a remedy suggestion.. if you have sage and thyme around the house, put some in a bowl and top with boiling water, then breathe the fumes from a safe distance. it helps to make a little ‘tent’ with a towel over your head and hide in there with the bowl. this has worked wonders for me many times. also the simplest of advice – drink lots of water!

    i love your girls’ drawings, the mermaids are so cute. they’ll be designing your cookie and candy wrappers in no time!

    i, too, am thinking of you and hoping for what’s best. hang in there.

  • roe February 23, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I couldn’t imagine a better way to decorate.

    I wish the very very best for your Father-In-Law. Take some of our strength (and codeine) with you, okay?


  • Mary-Ellen February 24, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Small signs of hope are good. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

  • maría isabel February 24, 2010 at 10:03 am

    your little girl’s drawing are really mature and elaborate, it’s amazing! mia’s are too, but that spelling? even if she got help, i think it’s a great sign when kids worry about how to write a certain word. or maybe i just say this because i’m a spelling nazi? who knows.
    i hope you’re feeling better by now and i wish the best for you and your family.

  • patricia February 24, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I absolutely love those drawings.

    I hope you feel better real soon and that your father-in-law’s situation improves. It’s never fun to have no answers…

  • joanna goddard February 24, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    these are such sweet photos. i hope you are hanging in there, and that mark’s dad feels comfortable. it must be such a tough time, and we’re thinking of you. xoxo

  • mau February 26, 2010 at 2:50 am

    what a beautiful post! i love the photos of the drawings…they remind me of those my daughter makes. isn’t it weird that, no matter where in the world one is and what background they have, all kids seem to draw the same way? My daughter also gives her people spidery hands and the flowers look identical 🙂