Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Prep and Replanning

We started out the week making some yummy snacks to take to the Easter Egg Hunt for our Moms Club.  
 Though this week was nice and spring-like, Monday morning didn't get the notice so we started out our egg hunt in snowpants and mittens.  Though Catherine was loathe to take them off (after an entire season of fighting she finally gets it) she decided eggs were far more important than warm hands.
 Matthew checking out his loot:
 By then end of the hunt the sun had come out and winter clothes were being strewn all around the park.  By that afternoon, we were down to just fleece vests and more of Catherine helping push Matthew:
Catherine has one of the saddest of sad faces.  She had just bonked her head playing on the stairs and decided Daddy hugs were the best:
 But a few bounces on Daddy's lap later:
 And she was ready to go!

 The next day we dropped brother off at preschool, headed to the library and then Catherine got her first haircut.  I've been hemming and hawing about bangs for a while but as I'd gotten tired of not ever seeing her eyes I went for it (and by I, I mean I paid someone a disproportionate amount to snip off her bangs because I was afraid to do it.)  Catherine did okay with the haircut itself but was not pleased with the combing and brushing of whatever breakfast food was stuck in her hair that I had neglectfully forgotten to take care of before we left the house.
 She would not give us a smile:
 But at least I got her to look at the camera eventually:

 I wasn't in love with them when she first got them but they are starting to grow on me.   Then it was off to the playground where little Ms. Fearless decided to try and rock the tightrope.  The influence of an older brother is amazing.
 We also dyed our Easter eggs this week.   Matthew was being squirrelly about pictures:
 And Catherine was hamming it up:


 Her tongue-out-I'm-concentrating-really-hard face:
 Out of 18 eggs we only cracked 3 and we didn't spill any dye cups this year so all in all I'd say it was a win!
 And the finished products.  Matthew made sure each egg was dyed at least twice.  *Coming up is a longer than necessary rant* Many years ago our family discovered that the eggs came out brighter if we put two dye tablets in each cup.  Basically you'd just buy 2 boxes and then match up the little tablets.  I'm still annoyed that PAAS gives you 12 colors now but this does not necessarily mean the 6 traditional colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple in my mind) plus extra or two of each color.  Even after wetting each tablet I still have no idea what color some of them were, nor did they match up well or at all.  Our eggs turned out nice but is it too much to ask for 6 normal tablets?
Anyway, since the weather was so gorgeous this weekend we got out for a hike with friends.  The kids entertained themselves with the cattails:
 And the airplanes up above:
 And some fence climbing and snacking:

We spent the rest of the week hanging out at parks, riding trikes and allowing for general spring fun.
Unfortunately right after this picture Thursday night it all changed.  James has been working late on Thursdays to build up some excess vacation time so it's just me and the kiddos.  Now that the sun is shining in the evenings we tend to stay out and up a little too late.  We ended up doing this and the kiddos kinda lost it before bedtime.  As I was rushing to get them into PJs and bed before we all lost our minds I noticed Catherine sounded hoarse.  I didn't think much of it until after I'd put her to bed and then the word croup crept into my brain.  I told James my suspicions sprinkled with lots of "but I'm sure I'm just being crazy" but by the time we went to bed Catherine had her first of many croupy, gaspy episodes.  She had it last fall so I knew that even though it's crazy scary it's also not super serious and improves pretty quickly.  However, one night of worrying about whether or not your child is getting enough oxygen is enough for anyone so we made sure to get to the doctor early for the steroid treatment.  This helped her symptoms immensely, but she was still contagious and the Dr. recommended she keep her germs to herself and we not share them with the elderly or babies, which meant no trip to grandma's this weekend :(

Matthew has been quite distraught about the whole thing and it definitely put me in a bit of a funk as I was super excited to go.  Growing up, Easter was always at grandma's and even though it's now small and different, it's a great place to celebrate and we all can't wait to see grandma soon.  Croup (or Catherine's version) is really tough because she acts very normal during the day, even when she's up wheezing all night, so it's hard to remember she's sick (or at least contagious).  We also picked up a fun Easter flower arrangement for grandma that's now sitting here and the bicycle the Easter Bunny was going to bring Matthew (we wanted to get him one earlier than his birthday so the Easter Bunny chipped in) is at her house.  We are keeping our fingers crossed we can stay healthy enough to go next weekend.

In the meantime we are making lemonade out of lemons and Matthew and I had a very nice mother-son day.  We headed out to the Museum for their egg hunt again.  Matthew was ecstatic to run into one of his friends (combined with his new, dorky "cheese" face that he uses even when he has not been asked to smile):
 Concentrating really hard on the eggs:
 More cheese face and his basket.  It's definitely a very appropriate basket for the Museum!
 Once inside, Matthew headed straight for the prehistoric sealife exhibits (his new "favorite") and then to the Rainforest for more time on the spider web:
 Meanwhile, back at home, Matthew and I had hidden some eggs outside for Catherine to find while we were gone:

We ended up heading across the street to another big egg hunt put on by a local church.  While we had no intention of making the egg hunt (which we missed by about 3 minutes), we ran into a lot of friends both attending and helping with the hunt.  Matthew got his face painted with a football by one his favorite babysitters (and found some chocolate to eat of course!)
 On our way back to the car Matthew wanted to head back to the Museum.  It was so nice to spend some one on one time with him I agreed.  When I'm not teaching preschool Catherine and I get some one-on-one time but I rarely get it with Matthew so it was really nice to spend most of the day with just the little dude (and without the requisite sibling rivalry over anything and everything).  Days like today are such a strong reminder of how much he is growing up and adopting many grown-up mannerisms and opinions.

We managed to make it back to the Museum just in time for a Big Bird planetarium show.  They recently overhauled our planetarium and we had never been so it seemed like a good time.  Matthew really enjoyed it!
 Then it was off to a special lunch with Mommy (complete with special drink!), some grocery shopping where Matthew could push the cart the whole way (without Catherine kicking him in the face) and then back home.
 For reasons that are still not clear to me (though I fully believe James when he describes that this was "what Catherine wanted to do"), James and Catherine were having a hot cocoa and snack party in his parked car when we returned.  She seemed to be having an awesome time:

We ended the day with our first burgers on the grill for the season and preparing the house for the Easter Bunny's arrival.   Catherine is still coughing a lot at night but the medicine keeps her from gasping and (mostly) from waking up which makes her (and me) more pleasant to be around.  Now if we can avoid the probable ear infection on the heels of all this goopiness we will be golden!

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