To cover the last 2 months...hmm. Here are a few thoughts of what I remember from that time, in no particular order:
-nobody has been sick (until this morning...Jane is sniffling)
-the girls have stuck together like glue, creating art and building blocks again.
-Gene is up to Go Tell Aunt Rhody in Suzuki book 1. He is basically going on his own, with a little help, until piano lessons resume again probably in the summer. He has thrown in a few Christmas carols from a book he found in the piano bench.
-the girls can (and did) wrap their own Christmas presents for their teachers. I am pretty much not needed...and the presents actually look pretty good:)
-Gene ran a 5K on Thanksgiving, without stopping(!) and Lucy ran a mile. Jane was going to run a mile, until she got assigned to be with her grandma, and conned her into giving a piggy back for much of the race!
-everyone has secret things they're making at school
-we rang the bells for the red Salvation Army bucket, and sang Christmas carols for an hour with my sisters and dad.
A few quotes and stories:
-Gene and his friend Mitch call each other "Dude" a lot now when they're together. Lucy had been overhearing, and one morning she commented to Jane while they were coloring pictures: "They call each other Dude. Maybe we should call each other...Dudette."
-Jane, playing chess with Gene, "Now my kings are SUPER mad at your kings!"
-Gene didn't see the gallon of milk that was on the table with the cereal boxes when he came down for breakfast one morning. When I came down, there were two (almost full) gallons on the table. His only comment, "I just didn't see it!" (Grandma H...is he following in his Grandpa's footsteps in this way as well?")
-Jane was moving things around in the box we had given her to keep her special things in. She explained, "I am organizing Treasure Land."
-Lucy and Jane were playing/exercising with the small weights we have in our family room...5 lbs each. Lucy put them on the couch for a moment, and for some reason lay down on the floor right next to the couch. I heard a thud and a cry, and when I ran over she was sobbing on the floor with a huge welt on her forehead. Needless to say, there is a new house rule of where not to put the weights, and the girls are getting 1 and 2 lb weights for Christmas!
Over and out.