Wednesday, February 29, 2012

When Daddy's Away

...the children will

torment play with the bunny,
develop their talents (at least a time or two),
learn to stand on their own,
and be precious angels,
except when they are wailing
and gnashing.
I don't remember what the offense was here, but Kyler is a very sensitive child, who enjoys besieging others, but doesn't like to be on the receiving end.  

In church on Sunday the children sang a song they've been learning in Primary.  Hunter, all on his own, danced gyrated (arms in the air, spinning around) throughout the song (he's nine).  Fortnuately, a four-year old sang as loud as the rest of the primary together (I'm relieved to report that Hunter has given up that role) so the focus was on that kid, who was a little off (ahead or behind) the rest of the primary.  It was all most entertaining.

Cambria and another babe like to hang together in church.
We are all over the flu, except for Dean and Hunter who were spared.  It took me the longest to recover, at nine days.  Cambria did the best with it, as she was the only one who got Tamiflu.  I've ingested more ibuprofen, acetaminophen, decongestants, etc. the last few weeks than I have in probably the last ten years.  As if the flu wasn't enough, my face started hurting like crazy toward the end of the flu, and I first thought it was a tooth ache (not another root canal?!), but alas turned out to be a sinus infection.  It took a week of antibiotics (after a four-hour wait in the ER during a holiday weekend) for the pain  to end.  I am not yet well.

Tristan is still working away.  He had to get a work visa some time ago in his passport.
Dean has been in the U.S. for a veterinary conference in Las Vegas, and then to attend to some business.  We may have very exciting news soon, but maybe not.  So when there is something to tell, I will.  Our time here is winding down with less than four months to go!  

Friday, February 10, 2012

Shut In and Stretched Out

 It's cold here in the winter.  Probably not any colder than Ramah, NM, but this is what Cambria wears outside.  She has started crawling now.  She's not racing around yet, but moseys her way along.
 It sure is fun having a little girl to dress up for church.  Her hair is getting long enough that I'm not sure what to do with it, as it sticks out of the little bands now kinda funny. 
 Sometimes it's easier to haul her upstairs with the laundry.  I long to not have to go up and down stairs.
 She eats lots of cheerios.  The trick is to keep the boys out of them.
 Criselda, our weekly angel, loves Cambria.
 I've made a few pillow cases of late.  A fun, simple project, especially with the fabric available here in Korea.

 Kyler found a use for his grabber toy when the ball stuck to the ceiling.
 Tristan and Cambria do entertain each other much of the day.

 2/3 of us have been sick of late.  The only one diagnosed is Cambria, who has the flu.  Not sure which was worse for her in diagnosing that - shoving the q-tip up to her brain to get a sample, or having to hold her arms straight up for chest x-rays.  She was not amused.  Tristan is rather ill as well, though I didn't take him in.  The doctor said it's probably the same thing.  And, sure enough, I started feeling achy and unwell around the same time as Cambria.  Kyler stayed home from school about 1.2 days this week - also not feeling good and croupy coughing over one night. 
You know these guys aren't up to par if they are willingly lounging around.

In Hunter news - apparently he hasn't been around for pictures much - he has decided he wants to have glasses, so is up to about two weeks now of putting his shoes on the shelf.  Hallelujah!  Maybe there is hope.  Also, the pills came and he has been taking them for a week.  It's probably too soon to tell if he is improving, but we're hopeful.  He doesn't want to lose his fidgety-ness - not sure why.  His second quarter report card came out (right about the time the pills came - so not because of the pills) and there was an A on it, and no Ds, which is much improved from straight Cs and Ds the first quarter.