I got woken up this morning (for the third time) at 9:36 by Grace coming into my room and telling me very sweetly that the developmental specialist was here for Lucy. Yep. I'm admitting it right here...9:36! But the first time I woke up was at 2:02, and that was because I had the worst cough ever (after three weeks of being sick this is getting old) and had to try with all my might to stifle it so Dave (who, along with me, hadn't slept for two nights) could sleep and wake me up again at 4:06 to help him peel Max and Elle out of bed for their ski trip Daddy-Date this morning. I helped them situate their ski stuff and got their delirious selves all put together (they were so darn tired) and sent them off with big kisses. Then I settled down to go back to sleep and proceeded to cough until 5:30, even after taking a dose of the grossest cough medicine ever. So, hence, the after nine in the morning wake up.
We got to spend the weekend here:(I know, I know, very spoiled.) We went up to our friends' "Ranch" with four other families (along with ours totaling 24 children) and had the best, no-sleep weekend ever. The kids were in pure Heaven getting to stay up until 12:00 and 1:00 in the morning (at least the older ones) and getting to hang out at the "club house" and the "tree house" with great groups of kids their own ages. We cooked, ate, had a treasure hunt, played cards, played with kids, guzzled down medicine (it seems like everyone is sick right now around here), watched movies in the theater room, and talked to our heart's content (notice I didn't say "slept," because, again, we didn't do much of that there.) We got a taste of what it will be like when we have teenagers some day...although these kids didn't have all the drama I'm sure will come along with teenagers. They got along so great and were so cute with each other. They did the "ooga booga test" on all the grown-ups but I for one didn't get fooled.This place was amazing with three floors for everyone to spread out on. It was so luxurious not only for the kids but for us parents...sometimes we couldn't even hear any of the 24 kids because of so much space for them to run around in. The deluxe kitchen made it fun to cook together in the continual group effort to try to keep all those hungry mouths fed! And of course we had to do a few jumping pictures:I love Claire and Bronson and Max in this one:
What a weekend. Thanks so much you guys!
Lucy has managed to unload all our kitchen cabinets and has had a great time with the Top Ramen while I've been writing this, and Claire & Grace are ready to go for a walk to the park, so now it's on to Spring Break. I hope Max, Elle and Dave aren't falling asleep on the slopes and are having a great time. When I asked Grace what special things she wanted to do together while they were gone she mentioned she'd like to go to either Brazil or Russia. Hmmm. I think our big world map in the kitchen is working. But I'll have to talk her into "home" for the destination and we better go come up with some fun stuff to do. So I'll sign off for now.
p.s. I finally got the results from Lucy's MRI. They were totally normal aside from a little cyst they didn't seem too concerned about. I'll have to figure that out today. Thanks for all the concern and sweet notes about her.