I guess I'll start where I left off last time. I visited my family in Bridgewater in mid August, while Brian took Avery and Jacob to Orlando, for the Star Wars Celebration 5 convention. Nope, I'm not kidding. I asked him to do a post about their trip, so hopefully that'll happen soon. They had a great time. I, on the other hand, did not so much. Izzy and Logan had had a cough a few days before we went to Bridgewater, but were pretty much over it. I started with a sore throat, got a cold on top of it, the day before we left, and felt just wretched. I woke up the next day with chills so bad I was shaking, and my fingers were tingly and nails were half blue. I put on a sweater and my Mom made me some hot chocolate. I thawed out and then got a fever and body aches, while I still had a sore throat and sinus congestion. Thank goodness for my neti pot! And Tylenol. (Iwould have much rather have taken some good cold drugs, but being pregnant and all, Tylenol was the only thing I could take) I felt a fair bit better the next day, and even better the next. And then I woke up with an earache. It was just one thing after another, and I was sick pretty much 80% of the time I was there. I had so many plans, but most of them fell by the wayside. I barely got to see my twin nieces, but toward the end of my stay, I was able to go and visit them. I made one trip to Frenchy's and scored big time! I got Avery a brand new "Columbia" winter coat. I was pretty excited. I also went to dinner with two high school friends and we had a great time catching up!
The kids got to finally meet Finley and Emmy in person. Izzy held Emmy for a few seconds. She started to squirm a bit, and I think that scared Izzy, so she kind of threw up her arms and didn't want any more of that. I don't think she has ever held a baby before. She was so young when Logan was born, and just wasn't all that interested in him. Logan didn't hold them, but he was always right there, observing. He said a couple of times, "I wuv dat baby" and would blow kisses to them. It was pretty cute. Ave and Jake held them. Jacob couldn't get enough. He thought their tiny little hands and feet were amazing and was very inquisitive as to why things were the way they are. Avery was paranoid that Finley would spit up on him. It was kind of funny.
We celebrated Logan's 3rd birthday on Aug 18th. I'll do a separate post on that later. I also did up some Italian stewed tomatoes. I was pretty proud of myself. Most of them came from my mom's and grandparent's garden. Aren't they pretty! I also made some rosehip syrup from rosehips I picked from our front yard, but I didn't take a pic of that.
We headed back up to Bridgewater on Sep 5th for Finley and Emmy's blessing in church. It was a big family event, with some good food afterward. Mike gave them both wonderful blessings, and a ton of pictures were taken to mark the event. The girls behaved exceptionally well.
That's Emmy on the left and Finley sleeping on the right.
One big happy family
Then school started on the 7th!! Jacob had a rough morning. He had gotten his hair cut before they went to Florida. If you know Jacob, you know that he has always been sensitive around the head area, and therefore haircutting is nearly unbearable for him. He has gotten a lot better the older he's gotten, but he still does not like it. Anyway, at the time, he felt that it was too short, and wore a hat constantly for the next week or so. It didn't help that Avery made a comment about him being bald either. He got over it, until the morning school starts. He gets on this thing about him being bald again and doesn't want to go to school. He says he's sick so he can't go, he's says he's going to barf, and makes theses gross gagging noises. Wouldn't get his shoes on, so I left him in his room, and I walked out to the bus, because Izzy was starting school for the first time, so I wanted to be there for her. She did great. I meant to take a picture, but discovered my batteries in the camera were dead when I tried, so I took one on the second day, instead. She turned and waved like three or four times as she was climbing up the steps to the bus. Avery was fine. He couldn't wait to get back to school because he was so bored at home. So I went back inside, and Jake was in the hallway. I told him he missed the bus, so I was going to drive him in. It took awhile, (had to get Logan dressed, had to forego my shower, as I was going grocery shopping and the school is 3 minutes away from Superstore, so I wasn't about to make two trips, and I wanted to get him there before school actually started) but we got in the car (Jacob sans shoes) and drove. I called Brian on the way there, and explained what had happened and got him to talk to Jake on the phone. He told Jake that we'd cut Avery's hair that night, so he's have short hair too. (He was due for a haircut anyway) That seemed to make him feel a bit better. I was able to get his shoes on when were stopped in road construction, but he still was making up these excuses as to why he couldn't go to school. It had started raining, so he couldn't go to school. Maybe an elephant would step on the school and crush it, so he couldn't go to school. Seriously, where does he come up with this stuff?! We got to school, and he didn't put up a fight at all. We walked in and met his Star Program teacher in the hallway so that helped. Got his shoes changed, hat off (thank goodness) etc., and he was taken into his classroom, just as "Oh Canada" ended. Once he got there, he was fine. And Izzy's classroom is right next door to his, so that was a bit comforting, as they can walk to their classrooms together. They play together at recess all the time. Haven't had any "not going to school" issues since, thank goodness.