This is Max in his Chinese mask he created at school. He brought it home today, cut the eyeholes out, and together we punched some holes and tied ribbon through. Brandished in the picture, you might also notice his now-dented sword, which he got here. Shortly after I took this picture, he and Abby chased each other around the halls playing some complicated (to me) game involving the gear pictured, an enormous blue ball, part of a baby's bottle, and tickling. It looked like a lot of fun. Afterward, Max defeated some monsters here, while I sang and read several books to Abby. It's nice to have someone who enjoys my singing voice. I think everyone who does is probably related to me.
It has been a long week. Max lost another tooth, for a total of three now. He has to bite an apple on the side, after the fashion of a dog eating peanut butter. Before the tooth came out, there was much checking and wiggling and examination, and Abby figured that as long as I was peering into Max's head and futzing with his teeth, well, she ought to be included, too. Consequently, every time I checked Max's tooth for him, I would then get a tiny "Ahh," whereupon I would reach in and jiggle completely stationary baby teeth. She was satisfied by this, and would then follow Max wherever he was headed.
Abby is potty-training, kind of. If you've been through it as a parent, then you know what that means, and if not, don't even try to imagine.
Max came home this week with lots of gift certificates and ribbons and buttons and stuff from the results of the Read-A-Thon. He read 68 books, I believe it was, for a total of 190 some odd credits, and made the highest rank of readers, which apparently, only six out of 21 kids in his class did. He was unimpressed with the medal awarded, since everyone got that, including the kid who didn't even finish one book. Kids are not fooled by this "everybody wins" crap anymore than anyone else is.
C had two friends over Wednesday night, and there was food and games and trivia and beer (some of that homebrewed) and a good time was had by all. Having people over on a Wednesday, particularly, breaks the week up nicely.
It snowed enough for a snow day on Wednesday, too. Mostly, though, it pissed rain all over everything, for some pretty dreary weather. Nashville drivers flew all over the place when the precipitation turned white, despite an inch of accumulation and zero black ice. Typical. We ended this week at work with a phone/Internet outage from 10:30 today until closing, when the phone started ringing, literally, as people were leaving to go home. No phones on a Friday in our business was...quite nice, actually. I'm glad this week is over, though, as it presented some financial & logistical woes, and was kind of an energy drainer. I'm spending the 1st part of tomorrow at our storage unit two exits away, so if you need me, you can find me there, rearranging the flotsam and jetsam of our lives.
Happy Leap Day.