It's hard to believe the first month of the new year has already ended...will things ever slow down?! Here are the highlights (and lowlights) of our January 2012:
Week One: 2012 started off with a stomach flu epidemic for our family...every single one of us got hit with it at some level. Not fun. We tried to stay up New Year's Eve, but I think we all ended up crashing at about 11:30. Aiden had a really bad fever that night and I was starting to come down with the symptoms...we were just too, too tired. Lightweights, I know. Doug and I should have been able to celebrate our 8th anniversary, but the day came and went without much ado, thanks again to the flu bug. I guess we'll just have to make it up next year with an extra special celebration. I thought the girls were in the clear so I sent them to school on the 2nd. After an hour and a half the school nurse called to say Reilly had thrown up on her way to recess...so, I made the executive decision to take both girls home and take a sick week just to make sure we were fully recovered before attempting to return to school.
Week 2: After having 3 weeks off from school (2 weeks of Christmas vacation + the sick week), Aiden and Reilly were more than ready to go back. They love their class, they adore their teacher, and they missed their friends. Aside from homework and make-up work, this week was filled with lots of after-school scooter rides and walks...a great way to release the pent-up energy from the previous week.
Week 3: Two wonderful things happened this week. First, Doug got to take a day off from work (thank you Martin Luther King, Jr.) and the girls and I absolutely LOVED having him home. Second, Aunt Becky, Uncle James, and baby Declan came out to visit us from Arizona. We had a great time hanging out, eating good food, visiting the beach, and simply enjoying their company.
Week 4: Probably not the most exciting week for us...Doug had a dentist appointment, I had a doctor's appointment and some labwork done, the girls had an appointment scheduled, but the doctor ended up having to reschedule at the last minute. Aiden and Reilly have been having a rough time with their asthma...the doc put us on a new medication that doesn't make them as hyper/jittery/anxious/off-the-wall-crazy (yay!!). Mac has also had some issues with wheezing/coughing...she's too young to be diagnosed with anything but we've had to do breathing treatments with her as well. Oh how I wish I could make this go away for my three little chickens.
Week 4 1/2: The girls went on a field trip with another kinder class to the Santa Ana Zoo. Aiden's favorite animal was the baby monkey she got to see...it had been born just the night before and she couldn't believe how small it was. Reilly was super stoked to see some peacocks...but she came home a little disappointed after getting to see only one, and that one "didn't even have his pretty tail feathers out...the tail just stayed there." The girls got to ride a school bus for the very first time; Aiden loved it but Reilly says she likes the seats on the city bus better. The girls also got to go a butterfly birthday party for a friend of theirs from church...they made bracelets and decorated butterfly wings...Aiden even ate the chocolate birthday cake without the slightest bit of hesitation! She is definitely starting to venture out from her "vanilla only" phase. We finished the month off by joining some friends for a delicious Sunday dinner at their home, and then two days later I met up with some of my friends from church for a wonderful night of potluck and bunco.